CPH Jazz Workshop

CPH Jazz Workshop

Do you wish you could be playing jazz music with others? Do you find jam sessions intimidating? Do you feel like your playing has become stagnant? Are you ready to join a group but not sure where to start? Contact us for more info.

CPH Jazz Workshop is an opportunity for like-minded jazz musicians to get together once-a-week for a 2-hour session and work out tunes in a private rehearsal studio. Traditionally, jam sessions were the only place to work on new ideas and new tunes with other musicians, however, it isn’t always conducive to your learning, especially early on, and can be quite intimidating for new players. The CPH Jazz Workshop allows for players to work out their ideas in a relaxed and focused environment, and gives them a nice chunk of time (2 hours per session, per week) to do so. The cost of tuition is 400 dkk per session, or 1500 dkk if you commit to a full month (4 sessions).

Your session will take place the same time each week at:

2100 KØBENHAVN Ø. – RANDERSGADE 19 (Room A)

How it works

Depending on your instrument and level of playing, you will be placed with musicians in a group. Your group will meet up once per week for a 2-hour block of time. During your session everyone in the group will have the chance to keep calling tunes. It’s okay if you don’t know the songs immediately, that’s part of the process of learning and it gives you a list of new tunes to start working on at home.

How the workshop can improve your playing

Since jazz is a social genre of music, it is important to improve your playing with real musicians. Backing tracks are fine to work out ideas at home and start to learn songs, but they will never have the chemistry and vibe to playing with others. To perform well, you must be able to listen to what others are playing and how you can accompany the singer or soloist throughout the tune. You must also be able to communicate on the spot and trade solos, work on intros and outros, and get inspiration on building your jazz vocabulary. You are composing music in real-time, and that includes dynamics and rhythmic variations.

Listen back to your playing

An important aspect to growing and learning is to hear yourself after you’ve finished playing. Once per month, your workshop session will be recorded so you have the opportunity to hear your playing and figure out what you enjoy about your playing, as well as where you think you can improve. It’s a great way to hear your progress as you grow into a full-blown jazz cat.

Your Playing Level

The following are very generalized levels. We will discuss together where you should be placed, but to get an idea of how the groups are split up, here it is:

  • Beginner Level: Basic understanding of music theory, listens to jazz, has attempted to learn a few jazz tunes (Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa, Jazz Blues). Does not feel comfortable in a jazz jam session setting yet, but feels like they can make it through most of a tune without losing their place. Can play some decent solos but would like to learn more on how they can improve and would like to try playing jazz with others. This level has a fair amount of guidance to teach new techniques and ideas.
  • Intermediate Level: Has some experience playing jazz with others, can play a fair amount of tunes already (20-25 tunes) and has a basic understanding of the harmonic analysis on tunes. Has transcribed some solos and worked out some specific jazz language. They are looking to expand their repertoire, gain some new inspiration from other players, and work on some of the more difficult jazz tunes. Would also like to work out some more of the fun techniques such as “trading 4’s” and is close to getting a call and response with others. Can easily communicate with other musicians and not get lost on a tune. This level has a little guidance, with a focus on overall musician, but should also be worked out amongst the players.
  • Advanced Level: Has a lot of experiencing playing with others, regularly gigs and has a large repertoire. This is to find other advanced musicians to push each other with some of the more difficult tunes and techniques.  At this point you’re hearing the changes and never looking at the lead sheet (unless you don’t know the tune). Advanced level of theory is expected. This workshop has very little to no guidance.

If you’re interested in taking the next steps to improving your jazz playing, please contact us immediately so we can place you in the right group. You’ll improve your playing in no time!