Jazz Ensemble 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
174JZA1 credit 7 24 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 157 to 192 hours of self-study English, Czech winter

Subject guarantor

Jaromír HONZÁK

Name of lecturer(s)



Learning objectives:

The course Playing in a Jazz Ensemble serves for practical practice of all knowledge and skills acquired during the study of other subjects. It is a kind of verification that the student can use the acquired knowledge and skills in practice. Playing in an ensemble is one of the basic skills of a jazz musician.

The student practices his/her group musical interaction and communication skills and the ability to become an organic part of an ensemble of any style. The goal is to adopt an approach where the benefit of the whole is paramount to individual interest, i.e., the ensemble member plays to support the sound of the whole rather than drawing attention to himself or herself.

The course Playing in a Jazz Ensemble is designed so that individual ensemble projects are devoted to the work of a particular jazz great from any era of jazz development, or have a differently defined specific compositional and arranging focus.

Thematic areas:

  1. WAYNE SHORTER (1970s-1990s) - an ensemble dedicated to the work of this jazz artist
  2. JOHN ABERCROMBIE - ensemble dedicated to the work of this jazz artist
  3. STEVE SWALLOW - ensemble dedicated to the work of this jazz artist
  4. CARLA BLEY - ensemble dedicated to the work of this jazz artist

Learning outcomes

The student has the ability to listen, cooperate and prioritise the common interest over the promotion of their own opinion. Demonstrates a strong capacity for self-motivation and self-discipline. Is flexible and able to acquire knowledge quickly in real time and uses their imagination, intuition and emotional understanding, thinks and works creatively, flexibly and adaptively. Possesses a cultivated and experienced knowledge of improvisational techniques and processes and has the ability to apply them freely in a variety of contexts. Demonstrates a high level of improvisational proficiency.

Prerequisites and other requirements



Required reading:

Recordings of the music of the artist whose work will be the subject of the ensemble project.

Recommended reading:

AEBERSOLD, Jamey. Combo rehearsal guidelines. New Albany: Jamey Aebersold, 1980.

ABERCROMBIE, John. Current Events [sound recording on CD]. Munchen: ECM, 1986.

SHORTER, Wayne. Atlantis [sound recording on CD]. New York: Columbia, 1995.

SWALLOW, Steve. Real Book [sound recording on CD]. Munchen: ECM, 1994.

Audio recordings in MP3 format stored in the teacher's private archive and in the Department of Jazz Music at HAMU:

BLEY, Carla. Dinner Music.

Evaluation methods and criteria

active participation in the exercises, participation in the final concert

Other requirements: 100% attendance - lessons are taught in blocks of three consecutive days



Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans