Learn the art of improvisation & Composition in our Summer Intensive Workshop – Jazz Improvisation & Composition with New York Jazz Workshop faculty members Marc Mommaas, Frank Kimbrough, Darrell Green and, Tony Moreno.
About the Jazz Improvisation Summer Program
Marc Mommaas, Frank Kimbrough, Darrel Green and Tony Moreno are four jazz masters who have led this workshop in conservatories around the world, and have impeccably perfected the key components to teaching improvisation. This workshop on improvisation and composition covers many different styles, as well as harmonic, melodic and rhythmic principles. Marc Mommaas (sax) will lead the program and will be joined by Frank Kimbrough (piano) on the first two days, by Tony Moreno (drums) on the third and Darrell Green (drums) on the fourth day. This program is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists.
Dates: July 23 – 24 – 25 – 26
All sessions will be held from 11am to 5pm at our main space in New York City around the corner from Times Square. More detailed outline and information on the schedule will follow.
– Ear-training, formal versus informal.
– Composition as a tool to find your voice.
– Chords, scales and Elvin Jones.
– How to learn a tune.
– Diatonic and Chromatic Reharmonisation.
– Rhythm in a Harmonic Context.
– Rhythmic expansion.
– Practicing routine, how to organize your materials.
-At least 18 years of age
-A willingness to learn
-Instructors may ask for a recorded sample before admission
-Some of our intensives are better suited to intermediate and advanced musicians with a minimum of a few years on their instrument; other summer intensives, such as the beginner vocal and choir, are open to everyone. More details can be discussed during registration.
About the Faculty
Marc Mommaas- Marc made his debut as a leader in his 1999 recording Global Motion Trio with Nikolaj Hess (piano) and John Hebert (bass). In 2001 the acclaimed drummer Tony Moreno joined the group which became Global Motion. In 2003 after an extensive tour in Europe including a 5 day hit at the Pompoen in Amsterdam, the band returned to NYC and recorded Global Motion, released by Sunnyside Records. This release earned critical acclaim in Downbeat, Jazztimes, Jazzimprov, All About Jazz and numerous online platforms. This record was followed by another well received Sunnyside release titled Balance (2006), a long anticipated duo recording with pianist and longtime friend Nikolaj Hess. In 2010 he jumped into a new project born out of his extensive collaboration with drummer Tony Moreno. It became “Landmarc” the guitar project, a band with three guitars, sax, drums and no bass. The touring band included two guitarists, Vic Juris and Nate Radley. In 2013 Marc finished his solo Saxophone project “Irreversible Momentum” which started in 2009, this will be released in the fall of 2013 and in the fall Marc will record as co-leader a Ballads record with Nikolaj Hess. Read More
Frank Kimbrough- Pianist/composer Frank Kimbrough has been active on the New York jazz scene for nearly 30 years. He is currently a Palmetto recording artist, having previously recorded as a leader for OmniTone, Soul Note, Igmod, and Mapleshade. Frank was a founding member and composer-in-residence of the Jazz Composers Collective (1992 – 2005), and during the Collective’s existence played in nearly twenty of its associated groups. He continues to perform solo concerts and with his trio, and is otherwise in demand as a sideman. Frank’s playing has been recognized by his inclusion in the Downbeat Critics Poll each year since 2001, and his recordings are often included in jazz critics’ year’s-end top-ten lists. Read More
Tony Moreno- New-York-based drummer Tony Moreno is simply one of the most sought after musicians of his profession. He tours all around the world and has played with artists including Barry Harris Trio; Gene Shimosato (w/Matt Garrison and Ravi Coltrane); Dave Phillips and Freedance; Sal Nestico; Mal Waldron Trio; Fred Favarel (w/ Richie Beirach and Jean-Jaques Avanel); The Lounge Lizards; Jurgen Friedrich Trio; European Jazz Orchestra (Parma FrontiereJazz); and Marc Mommaas and Global Motion. In addition to being one of the first New York Jazz Workshop faculty members, Moreno teaches at New York University Jazz Program, Columbia University, and at the City College of New York. He has also lead many clinics in France, Canada, Spain, Germany, Denmark and the US. Read More
Darrell Green- Throughout college (Oakland) Green drove up to the Bay Area every weekend to play a trio gig at San Francisco’s Club Deluxe, which featured Marcus Shelby on bass and Howard Wiley on saxophone. In 2001 he began touring with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, and also formed a trio with guitarist Julian Lage and bassist David Ewell. Two years later, Green joined the Dave Ellis Quintet and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival. He consolidated his career as a gun-for-hire, and started getting calls from heavyweights like Harris and Dr. Lonnie Smith whenever they came to town. He developed a style that’s rooted in modern post-bop, but retains elements of his gospel and classical lineage. As a soloist, Green became known for his bedrock groove and inexhaustible creativity. In 2005 Green landed a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, where he began a comprehensive study of jazz performance. Shortly thereafter he began working with David Weiss, saxophonists JD Allen and Sherman Irby, and the Myron Waldon/Daron Barrett Quartet. He became a sought-after musician for both session work and live shows.
Green has toured with James Hurt, James Zollar, Brad Leali, Jesse Davis, and Stacy Dillard. Currently, he is touring with Pharoah Sanders, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sherman Irby, Steve Turre, Faye Carol, Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, and Jeremy Pelt. He is one of the most in-demand drummers in New York , Europe, and Japan. Darrell Green Bio
$635 Early bird special for registrations received by April 30th
$685 for registrations received after May 1st
To sign up for this Summer Intensive, fill out this brief registration form.
For more info regarding our summer program, housing, travel, and more, visit our Summer Workshop General Information page. For a more in-depth experience, inquire about adding a private lesson with someone from the NYJW Faculty during your visit. Learn more about how you can combine Summer Intensives to create a customized Summer Jazz Packages. Feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] with any additional questions.
What to expect:
When you join us for one or more of our intensives, you can expect to become a member of our tightly knit community. There will be musicians from all over the world looking to learn, explore and make connections. You will be making connections that last a lifetime. A typical day will be as follows:
11:00am – 1:00pm: Morning Sessions
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch Break
2:00pm – 5:00pm: Afternoon Sessions
Student will normally organize small groups or go check out some concerts. See “Fun Evening Activities” in the General Information page for more details. There will be opportunities for every student to perform outside of the school, more details coming up soon.
The New York Jazz Workshop Summer Series is held in our space in midtown Manhattan, just a few blocks from Times Square.
New York Jazz Workshop
265 West 37th Street
on the 10th floor, Suite #1004
New York, NY 10018
(On the corner of 37th St and 8th Ave)