Jim is currently available for these clinics and workshops:

 1.  JAZZ VIBRAPHONE CLINIC 

       a.  Getting a good sound

       b.  Sticking technique

       c.  pedaling and dampening

       4.  4 mallet voicings

       5.  jazz improvisation tips

       6.  comping

       7.  playing vibes in a school group

       8.  masterclasses include listening to and commenting on student's performances.

 

 with students at University of Wisconsin/Parkside

 

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

      a.  Embellishing the melody 

      b.  Analyzing the melody for essential notes, rhythms, fragments

      b.  Transposing fragments

      c.  Modes of the major scale, continuous scales exercise

      d.  Listening to the greats and to each other 

      e.  Performance and Practice Tips

Clinic at Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale, AZ 

 

3.  JAZZ COMBO WORKSHOP

       a.  Jim rehearses/performs with school combo

       b.  topics may include interaction, listening, improvisation, arranging, tune selection and more.

       c.  original charts for combo are available.  

 

4.  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 as well.

 

5.  WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED JAZZ

An elementary school level, interactive presentation on the concepts of swing, improvisation, jazz instruments where and how jazz was born and major jazz innovators.

 

 Maple Grove Elementary School, South Haven, MI

 

 

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

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)

 “What a wonderful experience you provided for all our children.  Your ability to connect with young lives, particularly with the language of Jazz, gave them a natural christening they won't soon forget.” Terry Hamill, Maple Grove Elementary School, South Haven, 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 and a M.M. degree in Jazz from Northern Illinois University. He has experience teaching music at the elementary, high school and college levels. This yer he will be celebrating his 15th year as a junior high jazz band director at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Summer Camp. From 2012 to 2015 he was adjunct instructor in jazz vibraphone at Northwestern University. He has taught Jazz Band and Jazz Piano since 2001 at Lake Michigan College. He taught K-5 general music part-time at The Glenn School in Glenn, Michigan from 2013-15.  

Gigs at a Glance

  • 07/26/2017
    Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp - Twin Lakes, MI
     
  • 08/03/2017
    The Union - Kalamazoo, MI
     
  • 08/04/2017
    13th Amendment - Muskegon, MI
     
  • 08/30/2017
    Bella Fortuna - Lake Leelanau, MI
     
  • 08/31/2017
    Chateau Chantal - Traverse City, MI
     

Featured Song Excerpts

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1.  Nutville (from Nutville, Delmark)

2.  Cheryl (from Tough Town, Delmark)

3.  Third Circle (from Itchin' To Groove, Jazmyn)

4.  Everyone But Me (from Chi Town Sessions, Jazmyn)

5.  Wind and the Waves, Trio Musik, Big O)