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Jazz Blues Ensemble Workshop

A Group Course for Intermediate Students

Next course starts 1 May 2019.

‘The main three components are the blues, improvisation – which is some kind of element that people are trying to make it up – and swing, which means even though they’re making up music, they’re trying to make it up together. It feels great, like you’re having a great conversation with somebody.’
– Wynton Marsalis

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Workshop Description

Waltons New School of Music’s Jazz Blues Ensemble Workshop is an entry-level workshop that provides an excellent introduction to blues and jazz ensemble playing and improvisation for those new to the forms. Participants will develop their practical blues and jazz ensemble and improvisation skills by exploring and playing together the following standards:

  • ‘All Blues’
  • ‘Blue Bossa’
  • ‘Blue Monk’
  • ‘Cantaloupe Island’
  • ‘Chameleon’
  • ‘Footprints’
  • ‘Mercy Mercy Mercy’
  • ‘St. Thomas’
  • ‘Summertime’
  • ‘Watermelon Man’

After the course, students who want to further explore jazz ensemble playing and develop their skills can move on to Jazz Ensemble I.

Students entering this course should be comfortable playing their instrument (after at least one year of instrumental study) and should have a grounding in basic music theory, including treble and bass clefs, note values, time and key signatures, scales, and frequently used terms and signs (Music Fundamentals I or equivalent). All instruments are welcome!

David Mooney

David MooneyDave hails from south Dublin, but his musical pursuits have led him far and wide. He holds a BMus degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with such world-renowned musicians and composers as John Lockwood and Joseph Smith, and also holds a diploma in Jazz Performance from the Guildhall School of Music in London. Dave has performed and recorded with a vast and varied array of artists. He has completed two successful European tours with Gavin Friday and has also performed with Sinéad O’Connor, Sarah Brightman, Jeff Ramsey (Al Jarreau Group), Dick Evans (formerly of the Virgin Prunes), Sarah Brindell, Honor Heffernan, the Young European Strings, Stambandet (a Scandinavian folk group) and many more. He was one of the founding members of the established New England jazz ensemble 3D4tet, and he has had many successful international tours including the Balkans, where he led his own jazz quartet and brought together top jazz musicians from Macedonia, Croatia and Serbia. Dave has performed widely in Ireland, and he was chosen to represent Ireland at the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz) conference and concert in London. He has extensive experience as a music educator both in the US and Ireland, and he has taught double bass, electric bass and jazz improvisation at the New School, as well as directing our Jazz Ensembles, since 2005. Dave is also our Outreach Programme Co-ordinator.


‘Great introduction to playing in an ensemble!’
– B. Byrne

‘Dave has a great way of moving the class along with students at different levels without losing the momentum.’
– P. Kavanagh

‘I really liked the interaction with others and with the teacher. Amazing.’
– M. Mandrelle

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2018-2019 Third Term Course Schedule & Fee

9 weeks, 1 May – 26 June 2019
Tuesdays 6.30 – 7.30 pm

Tuition Fee: €180


Enrolment for this workshop requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places are limited to eight, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. A number of our group courses fill in advance of their start dates, and early enrolment is recommended.


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