HAPCO Music Foundation

Jazz Improvisation Clinic with Jeff Rupert

Jeff Rupert Summer Jazz Clinic

July 6-8, 2020

Details
$30 registration
On Zoom
For piano, bass, sax, trumpet, trombone and guitar. (No drums, sorry!)

Registration: CLICK HERE


 

Join Jeff Rupert for three days of jazz jams, improv and education at our Summer Jazz Clinic. You’ll learn how to play improv better and develop an awareness of pertinent recordings and improvisational concepts in jazz. At the saxophone-specific clinic, musicians will develop skills and an understanding of conceptualization of playing the instrument.

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a YAMAHA performing artist and founder of Flying Horse Records. He is Pegasus Professor, Trustee Endowed Chair and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida.

9:00am - 9:45am

Jazz Improv for All!
Beginning-intermediate levels
Open to middle and high school students

A non-threatening environment to learn:

  • How to improvise on the blues and well-known song forms
  • Basic jazz vocabulary, and how it works
  • How to develop a coherent jazz solo

10:00am - 10:45am

Jazz Improv for All!

Advanced level
Open to high school and college students
A fun time for students who are playing and improvising in jazz. In-depth study of improvisation and the music of Charlie Parker, Hank Mobley, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon and more.

  • Advanced scale study and application major and minor tonalities
  • Learning to play longer lines
  • Rhythmic and harmonic vocabulary

11:00am - 11:45am

Jazz Saxophone Workout
All skill levels
Open to middle, high school and college students

(This will be geared to saxophonists who know the basics of the horn, and up. For younger players, they may not be able to play everything discussed, but would at the end would have a packet to work on throughout the summer and year).

For sax players wanting to enhance their skills on the instrument. Study of sound conception, and general saxophone technique.

  • Airflow
  • Embouchure and mouthpiece work
  • Finger technique
  • Articulation
  • Jazz scales and the saxophone

JEFF RUPERT
Director of Jazz Studies, University of Central Florida

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a YAMAHA performing artist and founder of Flying Horse Records. He is Pegasus Professor, Trustee Endowed Chair and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida.

In 2020, The Ripple was released, with music exploring the wide range or ripple effect of Lester Young. Musicians on the album are Jeff Rupert, George Garzone, Marty Morell, Richard Drexler and Jeremy Allen. He has produced four big band albums for the Flying Horse Big Band, all featuring original compositions and arrangements.

He has performed at venues including the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the National Concert Hall of Taipei, Taiwan as well as jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Performing and recording credits include associations with Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson and Benny Carter’s Grammy winning Harlem Renaissance.

He toured for 15 years with Sam Rivers; four albums ensued, and from 1997-2002 he toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson. His six recordings as a leader all charted on Jazz WeekDo That Again! was #39 out of the top 100 jazz albums of 2014and En Plein Air: The Jazz Professors play Monet charted on Jazz Week to #29. Rupert’s Imagination, a collaboration with pianist Richard Drexler, debuted at #16 on the CMJ and RMR jazz charts. As a composer and arranger, Rupert has written for Bob Berg, James Moody, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Drew Jr., Kevin Mahogany and Judy Carmichael.