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Dr. David Moyer, Director of Jazz Studies, saxophone and Concert Jazz Band Director
/ Ann Patterson, saxophone / Sara Leib, vocals (Applied)
/ Dean Koba, drums / Drew Ninmer, trumpet / Jon Hatamiya, trombone / David Sills, saxophone & Studio Jazz Band Director
/ Jake Silverman, keybaord /Jonathan Kleinhans, guitar / Larry Steen, bass / Matt Greif, guitar
/ Corbin Jones, bass accompanist / Adam Hersh, piano accompanist
Big Band Jazz has been a long tradition in the Music Program at El Camino College. We have a growing collection of over 1,100 charts in our library from publication dated in the 1940s to the present day . ECC currently has two jazz bands that rehearse weekly. Auditions are held on the first Monday of the Fall and Spring semesters. Older adult section is available (Music 567)
Concert Jazz Band (Music 267) is a large ensemble designed to prepare advanced music students for working in professional musical situations. The ensemble’s central focus is on linking the swinging tradition of the great composers with modern musical styles including hip-hop and rock. The Concert Jazz Band performs concerts on campus and at local jazz clubs, and festivals, and develops students' remote recording skills and online content. Repertoire draws from resources such as: Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, Oliver Nelson, Quincy Jones, Mingus Big Band, Clayton-Hamilton Big Band, John Beasley’s MONKestra, and original compositions and arrangements. Concert Jazz Band meets on Wednesday evenings.
Studio Jazz Band (Music 266) This hard swinging ensemble focuses on exploring the standard big band repertoire, section playing, ensemble blend, and developing stylistic jazz interpretation skills. The Studio Jazz Band performs concerts on campus and at local jazz clubs, in addition to competing in festivals. Repertoire draws from resources such as: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Fletcher Henderson, Sammy Nestico, Oliver Nelson, and other great composers of the Big Band tradition.
>>In-Person Auditions for 2022 Spring Semester Jazz Bands will take place on Monday,
February 14th at 6:30pm in Marsee Auditorium Room 130 (Band Room). Students should
be prepared to sight-read, play a prepared piece, and improvise on a 12-bar blues.
Socially distancing and masking will be required.
>>Audition Information Form (PDF)
Commercial / Jazz Theory (Music 105)
Knowledge of tonal harmony used in commercial music and jazz. Students develop skills in ear training, writing transcriptions of recorded performances, composition and music manuscript preparation.
Survey of Jazz (Music 113)
Fulfills GE arts requirement. From the African predecessors of jazz to jazz-masters of 20th and 21st Centuries, students will discover the styles, musicians, techniques and historical evolution of jazz.
Applied Music Jazz (Music 190/290)
Applied Music is a one unit course for the Music Major to further develop musical
skills, obtain an Associate of Arts Degree [link: http://www.elcamino.edu/academics/finearts/music/ ], and successfully transfer to a four-year institution for continued music study. The
program includes private music lessons, weekly performance class, development of online
promotional content, and large ensemble requirements.
Applied Music students in the Jazz Section can rehearse with the Applied Music House Band every Tuesday before the section meets. The House Band is made up of some of Los Angeles' top jazz talent.
Beginning J azz Improvisation (Music 130)
A study of basic techniques of jazz improvisation, including scales, chords, patterns, and “licks” used by musicians to create improvisations on tonal, modal, and blues-based songs.