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Jazz Improv Basics 2 – Mark Ellis – DYJA Masterclass

Join us for this second jazz harmony workshop led by Mark Ellis.  Although this session builds upon the first jazz improv session it is open to anyone and everyone interested in developing their improvisation techniques. Designed to last from 12pm till 5pm this workshop will explore and work closely with all participants to improve their improv skills.

Ever wondered what those strange looking symbols were at the top of the stave when playing a written solo? Do you want to progress past The Blues and become an accomplished improviser? Then this workshop is EXACTLY what you need next. Mark Ellis breaks down Jazz Harmony into simple, easy-to-understand ideas. This in-depth workshop works step by step through the 4 basic triads and then moves on to 7th chords. At the end of the session you WILL understand how to play over the 5 most common chord types in all keys but more importantly you will have taken the next big step towards understanding harmony. It’s really not that difficult once you are shown HOW to do it!

Costs for this workshop are £25 and tickets can be purchased via the website. When booking please detail your grade level and instrument.

More detailed information about the workshop will follow!

Mark Ellis Biog

Mark Ellis, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, teaches saxophone, clarinet and flute to students in Yorkshire both privately and in several private schools of notoriety. He also leads his own Jazz quartet, a full Big Band (BUDO), a Jazz-Funk group (CTI Project) and recently set up his own agency that provides Jazz ensembles and function bands for corporate events (VIBE Music) – most noticeably providing all the live  entertainment at the last 3 St Leger Festivals at Doncaster Racecourse.  Over the last few years he has also performed with Candi Staton, The Temptations, The Stylistics, Deniece Williams, Jimmy Ruffin, Percy Sledge, Ben E King, Billy Paul, Freda Payne, Dorothy Moore, Peabo Bryson.  Mark has performed at The Jazz Café, The Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, St. David’s Hall (Cardiff), Ronnie Scott’s, Montreux Jazz Festival, IAJE Jazz Festival and The United Nations (NYC).

To book a place follow ticket booking instructions below!

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DYJO at the Marsden Jazz Festival guest Michael Dease

DYJO return to Marsden Jazz Festival to play a special guest feature with US trombonist Michael Dease. Directed by Dennis Rollins, listeners will be in for a treat with the combined big band and trombone talent of the award winning Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra and Grammy award winner Michael Dease.

Doncaster Youth Jazz Association provides specialised individual tuition, masterclasses, workshops and performance opportunities for young people throughout Yorkshire. Thousands of young people have benefitted from its educational ideals and the experience of performing to a high level. Many have become highly respected professional musicians in the UK and other countries.

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Drums and Percussion Masterclass with Tristan Banks in association with Ronnie Scotts Charitable Foundation

This masterclass will focus on the development of the drum set throughout the various eras of jazz and how the influence of African and South American music has sculpted modern music and drum set playing.

With over 30 years of playing and teaching experience, we’re excited to be welcoming Tristan Banks who has worked as a recording artist and session musician building a reputation as a knowledgeable, versatile and authentic world-class drummer and percussionist. Studying Brazilian Music in Rio, Recife and Sao Paulo and Jazz Music in NYC and Los Angeles.Tristan has worked with many artists covering a wide field of musical genres including Roy Ayers, Bobby Wellins, Idris Mohammed, David Gilmour, Marcos Valle, Carleen Anderson, Jim Mullen, Pete King, Guy Barker and Liane Carroll.

Interested in joining us for this session? Please contact for further information.  Please supply your name, age and instrument level.

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