click here to buy tickets to our Fundraiser for the Single Parent’s Resource Centre:

The Victoria Jazz Orchestra along with our special guests Maria Manna and Andrew Homzy are hoping that you will join us on November 16 to help children and families  in need here in Victoria.

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The Victoria Jazz Orchestra with Maria Manna perform

“A Christmas Carol”

Conducted by Andrew Homzy

 

A fundraiser for the Single Parent Resource Centre

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30pm

Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora Ave.)

Tickets $40 available at Alix Goolden Hall Tickets

For ticket information call (250) 386-5311

For event information https://www.facebook.com/victoriajazzorchestra/

Presented by Monik Nordine

This November you can get jazzy in a festive way with the Victoria Jazz Orchestra.  Monik Nordine is putting on a concert at Alix Goolden featuring the Orchestra with guests Maria Manna on vocals, and conductor Andrew Homzy, the Artistic Director of the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival.  The event is being held to raise funds and awareness for the Single Parent Resource Center, located here in Victoria.

A staggering 50% of children living in single parent homes are living in poverty and child poverty rates in BC remain above the national average.  The Single Parent Resource Centre provides free clothing, food, counseling and Christmas gifts for families in need.  By helping the folks at the Single Parent Resource Centre you will be directly and positively impacting the lives of children.

https://www.singleparentvictoria.ca

The Monik Nordine Quartet is joined by Nanaimo-based guitarist Astrid Lyre for an evening of original music.  Joining Monik and Astrid will be Bruce Meikle on bass and David Emery on drums. The quartet features the music of composers such as Oscar Peterson, Sonny Greenwich, Hugh Fraser and other more. Monik has set out to highlight Canadian works with this group and the stylistic influences lean heavily on Miles Davis and Sonny Stitt.

Tickets are $10 and are available online HERE  and at the door.

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The Victoria Jazz Orchestra with Maria Manna perform

“A Christmas Carol”

Conducted by Andrew Homzy

Also joined by the Cathedral School Choir

A fundraiser for the Single Parent Resource Centre

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30pm

Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora Ave.)

Tickets $40 available at Alix Goolden Hall Tickets

For ticket information call (250) 386-5311

For event information https://www.facebook.com/victoriajazzorchestra/

Presented by Monik Nordine

 

This November you can get jazzy in a festive way with the Victoria Jazz Orchestra.  Monik Nordine is putting on a concert at Alix Goolden featuring the Orchestra with guests Maria Manna on vocals, and the Cathedral School Choir.  Conducting them all will be Andrew Homzy, the Artistic Director of the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival.  The event is being held to raise funds and awareness for the Single Parent Resource Center, located here in Victoria.

A staggering 50% of children living in single parent homes are living in poverty and child poverty rates in BC remain above the national average.  The Single Parent Resource Centre provides free clothing, food, counseling and Christmas gifts for families in need.  By helping the folks at the Single Parent Resource Centre you will be directly and positively impacting the lives of children.

https://www.singleparentvictoria.ca

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Join me on Saturdays at 1pm PST for free group sessions on ear training, improv and saxophone.  This is a place where we can meet and talk about music theory, ear training, intervals, improvisation, saxophone related issues and anything relevant to your musical progress.

To download Zoom on your computer or tablet, find it here

https://zoom.us/

The meeting page is here
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6311967474

Hope to see you on Zoom!

Donation

Help us in our fundraising effort by giving a small donation

C$20.00

 

https://www.u-jam.ca/summer-jazz-camp

Course materials for my classes are available here:

How To Train Your Ear

Our ears are the most important tools we have as musicians.  Without the ability to hear chords and intervals we are stabbing in the dark and can’t possibly know what we are playing or how it relates to the other notes we hear.  “How to train your ear and avoid Hiccups” with Monik is a 5-day class designed to help students begin to recognize intervals and basic chords by ear and also learn a few improv solos by ear in a spirit of fun and games.

How To Train Your Ear course pack

“Pfrancin’”

“Soft Winds”

“There Will Never Be Another You”

 

“Mambo Influenciado” w. Irving Acao on tenor sax

 

Is It Is, Or Is It Ain’t, A Blues?

Is it, or isn’t it?  We will go over basic theory including modes, key signatures and the circle of fifths and then using this information we will try and figure out what are the defining features of a blues.  We will talk about “riff” blues, call and response, downstep, major and minor blues using examples that we may know or recognize.

Is It a Blues course pack

 

Woodwind Fundamentals (saxophones and clarinets)

Every morning we will meet at 9am to go over instrumental technique and the fundamentals of playing a single reed instrument.  Yay reeds!

Checklist for Low Notes on Saxophone

1) make sure the reed seals to the mouthpiece like a suction cup

2) check to make sure the resistance is the same on each edge of the reed by playing

3) make sure the reed is not too resistant overall ie. not too hard

4) slur down the c scale to low c and sustain.  how does it feel? comfortable?

subtext to all this, prefaced by, make sure the saxophone is not leaking down low!

potential problems:

1) volume of air incorrect

2) incorrect pressure on bottom of reed

3) incorrect amount of the mouthpiece in your mouth

4) reed malfunction!

The Funky Salamander

“Barracuda”