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THE TOMORROW’S WARRIORS APPROACH

At Tomorrow’s Warriors we believe that the only way to learn jazz music is to live it. By this we mean to learn through experience. The best place to experience how it feels to play a great solo is on the bandstand.

We foster the growth of our young musicians through supporting them to explore their own learning organically. No two musicians are the same,  so our learning process is open and free form.

We encourage the use of what we see as the fundamentals of jazz:  Blues and Swing.                                          

Blues as an attitude and approach – not just the notes you play; Swing as a feeling – not just a rhythm.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Our workshop sessions are designed to give participants a solid grounding in the core elements of jazz and to prepare them for the final performances.


Workshop leaders will engage the whole group with games and exercises designed to enhance rhythm, groove, improvisation and jazz theory. We make learning jazz into an interactive and exciting experience whilst also learning about the history and tradition of the music.


Our sessions are hands on – you will need your instruments and your ears! As much as possible we like participants to learn by ear; we think it’s the best way to learn jazz music and it helps develop crucial listening skills.


Most of all we want to embody the spirit of each of our jazz greats. Our chosen artists for the Jazz Ticket each have their own style and quirkiness and by the end of the project we would like to leave you with a taste of the excitement and colour playing jazz can bring.

THE MUSIC

Piece 1: Mongo Santamaria – ‘Afro Blue’

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Piece 2: Thelonious Monk – ‘Bye-Ya’

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Piece 3: Thelonious Monk – ‘BLUE MONK’

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Piece 4: Ella Fitzgerald – ‘How High The Moon’

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Piece 5: Dizzy Gillespie – ‘Get Happy’

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Tadd Dameron

Piece 6: Tadd Dameron – ‘Good Bait’

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Piece 7: Buddy Rich – ‘Splanky’

LEVEL 1. LEAD SHEET:

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Piece 8: Buddy Rich – ‘Fantail’

LEVEL 1. INTRODUCTION TO FANTAIL:

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LEVEL 3. EXTENDED PRACTICE IDEAS:

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