The Jazz and Popular Music course provides students with the opportunity to enrol in performance based classes.
These classes form part of the general performance course, which are in conjunction with units in musicology, ethnomusicology and composition subjects. Performance is an important part of the course and so ensembles perform regularly at Bennetts Lane, Paris Cat Jazz Club, Federation Square and BMW Edge.
Since 2007 the Stage Band, World Music Orchestra and jazz small ensembles have performed concerts at Federation Square as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. In June 2010, students performed with guitarist John Abercrombie, 2011 – Jim Black and Alasnoaxis, Aaron Goldberg Trio and Time Berne.
In 2013, visiting artists included: Maria Schneider, Mark Helias, Tony Malaby, Vince Jones, George Lewis.
Introduced in 2007 and now a biennial event, jazz students have the opportunity to study a 3 week unit at the Monash Centre in Prato (Italy – near Florence) – Artists in residence include: Enrico Rava, Paul McCandless, John Taylor, Diana Torto, Paulo Angeli.
Since 2010 – Jazz students also have the opportunity to travelled to New York University (NYU) and enro in a overseas study unit for 3 weeks. Artists in residence include: Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Wayne Krantz, Dave Douglas, John Schofield, Jean-Michel Pilc and Dave Schroeder
In June/July 2012, students and staff including: Robert Burke, Paul Williamson, Jordan Murray and Paul Grabowsky travelled to NY for a 3 week OS study unit. Whilst there the staff and students performed at many prestigeos jazz venues as well as recording with the jazz elite. Future plans for artists in residence and collaborations were organised.
Each year students also participate in a three-day intensive Jazz Camp, held at Ferngully Lodge in Healesville, Victoria.
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Artist in Residence: Kenny Werner
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Vince Jones – Artist in Residence 2013/2014
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NYU 2012 Summer Jazz Workshop
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Jazz and Popular Music Ensembles
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