presented by the Vermont Jazz Center
Last Sunday of each month, 7:00-8:30 pm EST
ON-LINE; $15 per session
Because indoor jam sessions with horn players and vocalists are unfeasible at this time, the Jazz Center will utilize Zoom Tunes, an online version of a jam session that is as inclusive as possible.
The format was devised and is run by VJC’s junior faculty. Zoom Tunes will take place on the last Sunday of each month.
For each session, participants will individually play the “tune of the month” using an inexpensive app (iReal Pro) as a source of accompaniment.
The app is a digital, play-along system with an enormous library of jazz tunes that gives musicians access to backing tracks with easy adjustments in tempo, key and feel.
The Zoom Tunes for September 26, 2021 are Bouncin’ w/ Bud by Thelonious Monk and Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen.
During the Zoom Tunes jam, participants will divide into breakout rooms supervised by one of the coaches. Each participant will play their own version of the given tune, either solo or along with a backing track.
After playing their interpretation of the tune, players will receive guidance and support from the other attendees and Zoom Tunes coaches, Malik McLaurine (bass), Ben Barnett (trombone) and Franz Robert (piano).
Playing the same composition and hearing the well-considered advice of friends and coaches creates a bonding experience amongst the participants.
Listening to others playing the same repertoire can be inspiring and fun and leads to a fruitful learning experience.
Singers are more than welcomed and are encouraged to use iReal Pro’s transpose feature to adjust the song’s key to suit their vocal range.