Tuesday Nights

Tune list:

Standards for the sophomore jury:

  • All The Things You Are
  • Alone Together
  • Anthropology
  • Billie’s Bounce
  • Body & Soul
  • Maiden Voyage
  • Out of Nowhere
  • Recordame
  • Solar
  • Someday My Prince Will Come
  • Stella By Starlight
  • What Is This Thing Called Love?

Repertoire From Last Semester:

  • Stablemates, by Benny Golson
  • Along Came Betty, by Benny Golson
  • Whisper Not, by Benny Golson
  • Killer Joe, by Benny Golson
  • Bright Mississippi, by Thelonious Monk

This Semester’s New Tunes:

  • Voyage, by Kenny Barron
  • Inner Urge, by Joe Henderson
  • Ceora, by Lee Morgan
  • Beatrice, by Sam Rivers
  • Evidence, by Thelonious Monk
  • Dolphin Dance, By Herbie Hancock

Two Trumpet Mayhem:

  • Just Friends
  • Satin Doll

Jazz Improvisation and Performance

Course #:  MUSI 3601, section 001 (one credit)
Spring Semester, 2018
Instructor: Earl MacDonald, Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studie
Jazz Studies Office: MUSB 207   Telephone: 486-0670
Class Meeting: Tuesday, 7 – 9 pm BIMP Theater

In an effort to replicate “old school” on-the-bandstand training, this jazz combo will perform with Professor MacDonald on a weekly basis, on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Ballard Institute Theatre in Storrs Center. Over the semester, we will build a memorized repertoire with a primary focus on pieces by iconic, composing, jazz artists. Throughout the week, it is expected that the students will practice the pieces, listening to and transcribing from classic recordings with the aim of mastering the pieces.

The Jazz Youngbloods:

Tom Bora – guitar
Grant Eagleson –  trumpet, piano
Nate Giordano – string bass
Steve McArdle – drum set


“Imitate.  Assimilate.  Innovate.”
– Clark Terry

Scheduled Performance Dates:

  • Jazz Showcase Concert – Feb. 22, 2018.  8PM, von der Mehden Recital Hall
  • Combo Concert – March 29, 2018.  8PM, von der Mehden Recital Hall
  • [UConn Music Spectrum Concert – April 28. 4 PM, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts]

Your grade will be based upon:

  • completion & execution of assignments
  • demonstrated effort and progress in personal practice, open rehearsals and performances.
  • attendance: ensemble members are expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts, except in the case of illness or with the prior consent of the instructor.  If you must be absent, your arranging for a substitute is expected.  If possible, please notify Prof. MacDonald in advance.  Unexcused absences and repeated tardiness will result in a lowered grade.
  • successful, well-prepared and thoughtfully presented performances.

*The course content, schedule and grading scheme are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.

University-wide policies (from the University Senate, the Office of Institutional Equity, the Office of the Provost, and Community Standards) pertaining to absences from final exams, class attendance, credit hours, students with disabilities, discrimination, harassment and related interpersonal violence, and the student code, may be accessed at: http://provost.uconn.edu/syllabi-references.

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