Rehearsal Note March 2, Week 8

This was a “pick apart” rehearsal, but we also played through all 6 pieces, and they are really starting to come together!  What team work and brave soloing!  It will be hard to decide which four pieces to focus on for our concert on April 17, but decide, you must!  I hope we hear from EVERYONE in reply to Harry’s email survey.

Time for a social this coming Monday, March 9 after rehearsal to celebrate our progress – at the usual place!  It will be a chance to connect, and plan a March Break sectional with some buddies – either an instrument sectional or a cross-section sectional, during our week off on March 16.

Note includes:  Practice tips, Review of March 2 rehearsal,  Plan for March 9 rehearsal, Event reminders (including our two concerts), Link to the CBC  “Listening for Those Who Hate Jazz”, Quotes from Adrian Cho’s book “The Jazz Process”, Listening Links from Fall

Efficient practice includes:

1 Warm up with long tones, focusing on a clean start and finish to each note, steady beautiful sound

  1. Slow down the tricky measures, loop them, and lock in the rhythms and articulations, then gradually speed them up.
  2. Listen to the piece (hear your part?)
  3. Play along with the listening link.
  4. Keep in mind that a soloist might not be feeling well at the concert, so we do need backups. Please volunteer to give it a try if you are interested.


Review of  March 2 Rehearsal –  Week 8

6 pm   Saxophone sectional to look at solis in Ain’t No Mountain m 41 count 1+2+ etc. slow! m 53

Cousin Mary, 82 soli.  Please look at background cues for the solo section at home

Blues warm up – scale (in book) page 14 – Bb Blues Scale,

12 bar blues progression with improvised solos

Feelin’ Good – Piece from the past/sight reading for some  bar 1 – circle rest on beat 1 if you have it,  tri- po- let, PAUSE end of bars 9, solo 10 (watch) as well as solo m 59,  eighth rest on beat 1, bar 11 (one bah-dot, three bah- dot), trombone soli at 46 – *bar 61 tr/cl/fl rhythm

Puttin’ On The Ritz

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Errol and John, solos this week)

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough  all play (tmb soli pick up to 61 all play,

Cousin Mary (Errol, Chris and Harry – solos this week)

Respect   (Chris – solo this week)

Green Onions  (Piero, Pamela solos this week)


*FOUND – music for tenor sax – black binder (email me to arrange pick up)

** Quotes about and from Adrian Cho’s book “The Jazz Process” – see below


March 9 Rehearsal Plan:

This week we will play through the following 11 pieces for our Community Concert, and get a sense of the time and which ones will work.  Bring a pencil to note measures needing attention.

Harry and I will announce the four pieces for our April 17 concert!  Sign up for the April 4 JJB Social Event- Two Beats Ahead Fund Raiser Jazz Night and bring $20 to purchase your ticket.  (9 people are going, and we need 7 more to reserve two tables)

To Bring:  It Don’t Mean a Thing,   Ain’t No Sunshine,   Afro  Blue,  Blue Bossa,  Stay Cool

(see February Note from Music Librarian Sue, for the music and listening links)

6 pm   trumpet/clarinet sectional – staff room

Ain’t No Mountain – m 9 tr and pick up to 28 clap – play under tempo to nail down rhythm        Respect – tune at m 5 (with articulations) *m 12, m16/17, m 20 – 22, m 26 – 28, 29/30, Just a little bit rest rest just a little bit “what you want” m60   Any other parts you want to review?

Blues warm up – scale (in book) page 14 – Bb Blues Scale,

12 bar blues progression with improvised solos


It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got that Swing)  Piece from the past/sight reading for some

Puttin’ On The Ritz  –

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Pamela and John, solos this week)

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Cousin Mary (Pamela, Chris and Harry – solos this week)

Respect   (Piero or Chris? – solo this week)

Green Onions  (Chris, Pamela solos this week)

Review/New Fall Pieces:  Ain’t No Sunshine, Afro Blue, Blue Bossa, Stay Cool



April 4 JJB Social Event:

Enjoy an evening of great jazz, provided by the ONHB band Two Beats Ahead.  We hope to reserve at least two tables for JJB.  All proceeds go to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.   April 4 at Orchard View.   Tickets and carpooling will be arranged at rehearsal this week. If you can offer a ride, please indicate on the sign-up.  Tickets are $20 in advance and are also available online:


Community Concert:  Stillwater Creek Retirement Residence, Monday April 20

ONHB Jazz Band Concert, including JJB, DJB and TBA:  Friday, April 17, 2020 at St. Thomas D’Aquin ( Kilborn, near Bank)


CBC Program Sunday Edition  (host Michael Enright) – Jazz For People Who Hate Jazz –


“The Jazz Process”  – book by jazz musician and author Adrian Cho

 About the book – “Adrian Cho’s insight into high-performance teams is drawn from his personal experiences in music, business, and software engineering. […] I highly recommend The Jazz Process to anyone seeing to learn how to build agile, effective teams – regardless of your field of endeavor.” Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director, Eclipse Foundation


“Great musicians, like successful business people and top athletes, constantly balance individual contributions and elegant teamwork. The gems of individual performance are almost worthless without the team framework.  In a jazz band, trust and respect among the musicians are indispensable.  Deep listening and a passion for the task at hand are equally important.”  – John Goldsby, Bassist and Author


From the book:

“Synergy is present when any ensemble or company of artists gives a great performance. […] the combined result of all the musicians and a conductor performing together is greater than the sum of all the individual participants working alone.”

(regarding innovation and improvisation): “Described by some people as “making it up as you go along”, it is this process of real-time composition on which many people tend to focus in their attempts to describe the unique qualities of jazz.   They miss two important points: First, the ability to compose in real time is based on years of training and experience.  It’s not as simple as choosing random notes in the spur of the moment. Second, and more important, although they may choose specific notes in the moment, the greater goal of a jazz musician is to create something unique.”


Listening Links from the Fall pieces:

Fall Session:

Ain’t No Sunshine   (1970 Bill Withers/ arr R. Stitzel)  medium blues rock (84) F minor

Blue Bossa  (1965 Kenny Dorham/ arr M. Sweeney) moderate Latin (148)  G minor

Afro Blue    (1959   Mongo Santamaria/ arr M. Sweeney)  ¾ time slow (80) then Afro Latin (160)


Here are others that we read through in the Fall, which are possible additions.

(The) Birth of the Blues  ( 1926 Ray Henderson / arr Mike Lewis  Belwin Jazz Book)

All Blues (Miles Davis – Michael Sweeney arr – from book “Best of Easy Jazz”   (level 2 challenge piece to carry through winter)