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Posted by Rob Perl on April 12, 2000 at 14:25:01:
In Reply to: NYC Bass Collective posted by greg on April 07, 2000 at 08:01:30:
: Does anyone have any info on the bass collective in NYC? Speciffcally the
: School of Jazz ensemble program that meets once a week or so? IS this program
: worth it, or is it cheesy?
: Where I am (delaware) there is zero oppurtunity for a Novice to learn jazz in an
: ensemble situation...that is why i am considering the BC...
I used to teach that program up at the Collective! It's part of the SOJ division of the school.
People are matched up by their level of skill, and there are several weekly classes that meet.
The difference between these classes and a jam session is that there's a qualified teacher running
each class, and that you work on specific tunes each week. They also have workshops which concentrate on
reading as well as playing. It's a good way to build up your jazz chops and repertoire.
Also, as Ed correctly stated, bass players are at a premium, so, if your reading skills are decent, you'll
probably get a chance to sit in with players on a pretty high level.
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