Jazz Arranging from Combo to Big Band

 

This course is designed for music educators who want to explore arranging for jazz combo and/or jazz ensemble, no previous arranging experience required. This course is structured in a step-by-step approach and covers jazz theory and harmony, principles of jazz voice leading, voicing techniques, chord symbol nomenclature, jazz notation and articulation. The functions of each instrument will be addressed, including range, register, dynamic capabilities and idiomatic characteristics. You will create arrangements for a rhythm section, a five-horn group, a sax section and a big band.  Special attention will be given to writing for less-experienced players and ensembles.

Instructor: Vince Leonard

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Producer and composer Vincent A. Leonard Jr. has had works premiered nationally and internationally. He is published by Arrangers Publishing Company and Educational Programs Publications and National Music Works.
He is co-author of: Recording in the Digital World, Finale: An Easy Guide to Music Notation, Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Music Notation and Musical iPad. In 1996, he and fellow producer and engineer Jack Klotz, Jr. formed Invinceable Entertainment, 3 IPS Studio and have released two CDs, Magic Up Our Sleeve and On The Brink of Tomorrow. Compositional credits include the feature film Running On Empty Dreams, theme and episode music for the Captain Courteous radio series, numerous theater pieces, and industrials. Leonard has provided orchestrations for world premiere productions of Redwall for Opera Delaware, Elliot and the Magic Bed, Isabell and the Pretty Ugly Spell, and The Little Princess for Upper Darby Summer Stage.
 
Also widely known as a copyist and arranger, he has worked on projects with Peter Nero, the Philly Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Leslie Burrs, and in musicals by Duke Ellington, Alan Menken, Kurt Weil, and Mitch Leigh. Leonard is a member of NARAS and ASCAP, and is active as a clinician and beta tester for music software for Apple computers.
 

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