SAT 29 FEB
11:00am – 12:30pm
Piano masterclass with Andrew Oliver
From Portland, Oregon, Andrew grew up playing classical piano before becoming fascinated with ragtime and early jazz in his teens, eventually leading him to study music at Loyola University New Orleans. His playing is energetic and authentic, drawing on the styles of pianists such as Jelly Roll Morton, James P Johnson, and Earl Hines to deliver a stomping style which emphasizes the exciting groove and drive which brought jazz to the forefront of popular music in the 20th century and continues to excite and captivate audiences today.
“It’s easy to assume that Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet et al can’t speak to a younger generation, but the pianist Andrew Oliver’s quartet lays that notion to rest” – The Sunday Times
Young musicians are invited to join Andrew in a masterclass / demo focusing on the key elements of ‘Stride’ piano playing. Participants are welcome to attend and simply listen or put themselves forward for the masterclass element.
Guitar workshop with Dave Kelbie
Dave Kelbie has accompanied every big-name guitarist in the Gypsy jazz world, touring worldwide and recording with Fapy Lafertin, Angelo Debarre, Tcha Limberger, Mozes Rosenberg and Lollo Meier; appeared with Biréli Lagrène, and many others. His band, ‘The Dime Notes’ has set alight the vintage jazz scene in Europe; and through a recent project with New Orleanian clarinetist Evan Christopher and ‘Django a la Creole’ Kelbie has become one of the most sought-after rhythm guitarists on the world stage.
“Kelbie is the motor tonight, providing a strict, subtle pulse – whatever the tempo” – The Guardian
This interactive session with Dave will cover aspects of rhythm playing: right hand position, plectrum technique, chord progressions & substitutions, practice routines and warm-up techniques, and strumming technique differences between Gypsy swing and straight-ahead jazz. Most will be in Swing time with a smattering of South American grooves, straight and odd time signatures.
Participants must bring their own instrument and amp if they would like to take part in the workshop.
Spaces are FREE but limited. Booking is essential.
To secure a space please call 028 9024 8818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, age, grade level (if appropriate) and if you are keen to take part in the masterclass element or would prefer to listen to the session.