All that jazz at KPU Langley

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Jazz elementary and adult workshops offered at KPU Langley this July.

Curious about jazz improvisation? Start the car, I know a whoopee spot.

It’s not only the weather that’s going to be hot this summer in Langley. Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU’s) music department is hosting a week-long jazz program July 3 to 7.

Designed for experienced musicians, educators looking for professional development opportunities, amateurs and kids alike, this is a chance for jazz lovers to collaborate with professional jazz musicians in a variety of clinics tailored according to age and level.

“We’re inviting anyone with a love for jazz and keen interest in learning and adding to their musical repertoire,” said Juno-nominated bassist Jodi Proznick who is one of the KPU music instructors leading the workshop. “Just a couple of our guest clinicians include classical and acoustic guitarist Don Hlus and percussionist Daniel Tones. There will be something for every level of musician.”

Workshops will be led by multiple KPU faculty and award-winning musicians including vocalists, pianists, brass players and more.

Topics for the workshops include small and large ensembles, instrumental and vocal master classes, arranging, applied theory, group warm up and embodiment and creativity master classes. In addition to the adult workshops, a week-long half-day Jazz It Up Elementary workshop is available for kids ages 8 to 15.

Each day of the Summer Jazz Festival will feature a jam session and faculty concert. A final performance in the KPU Langley Auditorium will wrap up the week on Saturday evening. These non-credit workshops are offered through KPU’s Continuing and Professional Studies division. There are no prerequisites to register.

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