"Thank you for your wonderful clinic, Jim.  The students loved hearing you play. The information handout you gave out was informative. My students were really excited about the things you showed them.  They've been practicing like crazy ever since!!!"

Patricia Brumbaugh,

West High School, Traverse City, Michigan

 

CLINICS



 

 

1.  "PLAYING JAZZ VIBES IN A NUTSHELL"

       Topics include:

Getting a good sound, mallet selection
Sticking
Pedaling and dampening 
4 mallet jazz voicings
Jazz improvisation tips
Comping
Arrange a vibes part from a big band chart

handouts are available

   

  2.  A MELODIC APPROACH TO JAZZ IMPROVISATION (For all instruments)

 Embellishing the melody 
 Analyzing the melody for essential notes, rhythms, fragments
 Transposing fragments
 Modes of the major scale, continuous scales exercise
 Listening to the greats and to each other 
 Performance and Practice Tips

handout is available

Improvisation clinic at Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale, AZ, Michelle Irvin, Director

 

JAZZ COMBO WORKSHOP

Jim rehearses/performs with school combo
topics may include interaction, listening, improvisation, arranging, tune selection and more.
original charts for combo are available.  

 

GOOD VIBES:  A HISTORICAL VIEW OF THE JAZZ VIBRAPHONE

 Jim talks about the contributions and styles of Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson Cal Tjader, Gary Burton and Bobby Hutcherson and performs songs from their recordings.  If there is internet access, YouTube clips are played to enhance the presentation.

 

 

 

ADJUDICATOR/CLINICIAN, PERFORMER

 

"Jazz Vibes in a Nutshell," West and Central High Schools, Traverse City, MI 2018 

South Suburban College, South Holland, IL 2017

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 2016

 

  2017 South Suburban College Jazz Festival Clinician/Adjudicator, Performer

 

 

JIM HAS GIVEN CLINICS AND WORKSHOPS AT THESE SELECTED SCHOOLS AND VENUES:

Traverse City MI West and Central High Schools

Aquinas College Jazz Camp

Drum Fest, "Jazz Vibes in a Nutshell," Lake Michigan College

Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale, AZ, Improvisation 

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Vibes clinic

Northern  Arizona University, vibes clinic

Elmhurst College, vibes clinic

Cedarburg High School Percussion Camp

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, performance, improvisation

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

National Institute of the Arts, Taiwan, vibes and improvisation

Northern IL University

Hope College

Cincinnati Conservatory

Dunlap High School

Sheboygan North HS

Evanston Township HS

Keewanee Area Jazz Band

Maple Grove Elementary School, South Haven, MI, Kid Jazz

Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI

Calumet Art Center, MI

Box Factory for the Arts (MI)

Holland Area Arts Council (MI)

Spring Lake Library, (MI)

Saugatuck/Douglas District Library (MI)

Sun Radius Music, Traverse City, (MI

Lakeshore Jazz Connection, (MI)

 

  For information on fees and dates, email Jim at: jazmynproductions@comcast.net

Jim has a B.A. degree in Music Education (K-12) and Percussion from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and a M.M. degree majoring in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University. This year he will be celebrating his 18th year as a summer jazz instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. From 2012 to 2015 he taught jazz vibraphone at Northwestern University. He currently teaches jazz piano and the History of Rock at Lake Michigan College.