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Jazz Angels Fall 2020

Online and In-Person Rehearsals (if safe)

Jazz Angels Fall session begins the week of 9/13/20 and continues through the week of 11/8/20. Jazz Angels remains fluid and flexible aiming to meet the needs of our community through changing COVID-19 regulations. Class days/times may be adjusted to accommodate schedules of all students. Our tentative schedule is for classes to occur Sunday afternoons/evenings or Monday or Tuesday early evenings.

Program Overview:

Jazz Angels is for musicians of all levels and all instruments including vocals, ages 11-17.  Musicians learn about jazz music, how to improvise and perform together. Our sessions also include additional social engagement activities.

Classes meet for 40-minutes once a week for nine weeks with several day and time options. Classes are taught via Zoom with options for outdoor and in-person rehearsals and performances if safe. Materials are delivered via Dropbox, provided to musicians by the Jazz Angels.

Each class will have an independent study component such as practicing and/or working for a class presentation. In addition to the classes, students become more socially engaged with their peers in other activities like riffs of the week, jokes of the week, recipes of the week as well as jazz in our community, open mic nights and virtual performances.

In lieu of a live performance, each ensemble will record a video of themselves performing their part which we will combine to create exciting virtual ensemble performances.  All performances are free to watch, we invite the world to attend!

We like to hear and speak with before classes begin.  Our famous “No Stress Placement Auditions” will take place the week of 8/31. Contact barry@jazzangels.org to set up your day/time.

Jazz Angels Fall Tuition:

Jazz Band – $200 

Maximum 5 musicians per section. Sheet music, playback and recording tracks provided. 2 virtual performances.

Vocal Jazz Group – $200

Maximum 6 vocalists per class. Sheet music, playback and recording tracks provided. 2 virtual performances.

Improv & How to Record – $150

Maximum 5 musicians per class. Sheet music provided. Students may use YouTube or iReal Pro for backing tracks

Jazz History – $125

40-minute classes; maximum 8 students per class. No materials needed

Song Writing – $150

40-minute classes; maximum 5 students per class. Students will need to keep a notebook or journal.

Private lessons – $40/half hour billed monthly for lessons taught

Beginning to Advanced. Sheet music and play along tracks provided. 

5% discount for 2 classes

10% discount for 3 classes

15% discount for 4 classes

Discount does not apply to private lessons

Needs-based scholarships available

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Class Details

Jazz Band: Horns and rhythm sections rehearse separately at first. When songs are learned horns and rhythm are invited to attend all rehearsals. Sheet music is arranged and provided along with different playback tracks: full band, solo only etc. We also provide solo scales and a transcription of a famous solo.

Vocal Jazz Group: Vocalists will rehearse together learning jazz songs. Instruction will focus on jazz phrasing and articulation, as well as vocal health and proper vocal production. Sheet music is arranged and provided along with different playback tracks: full band, solo only, etc.

Improv & How to Record: Musicians improve their improvisational techniques by learning scales and how to use them for improvising, how to transcribe and play famous solos, how to streamline practice, and how to musically communicate with other musicians when rehearsing and performing. They will also learn how to make the best recordings, with the equipment they have, from home.

Jazz History: Multimedia class in which students explore a decade in the evolution of this great American music and how the music of that decade related to other forms of art and world events.

Song Writing: Classes for students with and without musical experience. Song form, harmonic structure, melody and lyrics are explained in a way that is understandable. Students will showcase their songs at the end of the session.

Private lessons: Beginning to advanced. All instruments – including vocals – and all levels. Some instrument rental available for $20/month.

Other information:

All classes are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!

Classes help fulfill VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) National Standards for Music Education for California.

Jazz Angels also have a mentorship program for experienced musicians.

Jazz Angels Staff of professional musicians and educators:

Barry Cogert: Founder/Co-director

Albert Alva: Co-director

Brandon Baker-Woodwind and Rhythm specialist

Kendra Cogert-Vocal specialist

Max Cogert-Percussion specialist and administrator

Will Harper-Technician and engineer

Glenn Holdaway-Brass specialist

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Barry at barry@jazzangels.org or 310.850.0026