EVENT DESCRIPTION: Weekly for the month of August - Vocal Jazz Jam & Workshop with Lenora Helm, This workshop is designed for vocalists to learn jazz performance concepts to gain skills and confidence with the stylistic, rhythmic and melodic choices needed to successfully perform in the jazz genre, including learning how to choose repertoire and finding the best key. Participants will have a chance to also explore working with a pianist, guitar or small combo at the jam session immediately following the workshop. Advanced students can work on vocal improvisation (according to skill level) and being able to recognize the basic skills nuanced in performance between vocalist & rhythm section to prepare vocalists to lead a band or successfully work with instrumentalists. All levels and ages are welcome. Instrumentalists are welcome.
Workshop is 5:30 - 6:30; Jam begins at 7 pm.
Workshop focus changes each week:
NCCU Jazz Studies
In 1979, NCCU became the first university in North Carolina to offer the Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. The program has since evolved to include a comprehensive vocal jazz component and the Master of Music degree in both Jazz Composition and Arranging and Jazz Performance.The Jazz Studies program is under the leadership of Dr. Ira Wiggins and offers curricula leading to Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in jazz. Faculty members include guitarist Baron Tymas, assistant director of the program; trombonist Robert Trowers; trumpeter Albert Strong; Arnold George for piano, saxophone; Lenora Helm Hammonds, voice; Maurice Myers, voice; Ed Paolantonio, piano; Thomas Taylor, percussion; Aaron Hill, saxophone; and Damon Brown, bass. Artists-in-residence Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo.