Learn the art of improvisation & Composition in our Summer Intensive Workshop – Jazz Improvisation & Composition with New York Jazz Workshop faculty members Marc Mommaas, Mark Sherman and, Tony Moreno.
About the Jazz Improvisation & Composition Summer Program
Marc Mommaas, Mark Sherman, and Tony Moreno are three jazz masters who have led this workshop in conservatories around the world, and have impeccably perfected the key components to teaching improvisation. This workshop on improvisation and composition covers many different styles, as well as harmonic, melodic and rhythmic principles. Marc Mommaas will lead the program and will be joined by Mark Sherman on the first two days and by Tony Moreno on the second two. This program is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists.
Dates: July 20 – 21 – 22 – 23
All sessions will be held from 11am to 5pm at our main space in New York City around the corner from Times Square. More detailed outline and information on the schedule will follow.
– Ear-training, formal versus informal.
– Composition as a tool to find your voice.
– Chords, scales and Elvin Jones.
– How to learn a tune.
– Diatonic and Chromatic Reharmonisation.
– Rhythm in a Harmonic Context.
– Rhythmic expansion.
– Practicing routine, how to organize your materials.
-At least 18 years of age
-A willingness to learn
-Instructors may ask for a recorded sample before admission
-Some of our intensives are better suited to intermediate and advanced musicians with a minimum of a few years on their instrument; other summer intensives, such as the beginner vocal and choir, are open to everyone. More details can be discussed during registration.
About the Faculty
Marc Mommaas- Marc made his debut as a leader in his 1999 recording Global Motion Trio with Nikolaj Hess (piano) and John Hebert (bass). In 2001 the acclaimed drummer Tony Moreno joined the group which became Global Motion. In 2003 after an extensive tour in Europe including a 5 day hit at the Pompoen in Amsterdam, the band returned to NYC and recorded Global Motion, released by Sunnyside Records. This release earned critical acclaim in Downbeat, Jazztimes, Jazzimprov, All About Jazz and numerous online platforms. This record was followed by another well received Sunnyside release titled Balance (2006), a long anticipated duo recording with pianist and longtime friend Nikolaj Hess. In 2010 he jumped into a new project born out of his extensive collaboration with drummer Tony Moreno. It became “Landmarc” the guitar project, a band with three guitars, sax, drums and no bass. The touring band included two guitarists, Vic Juris and Nate Radley. In 2013 Marc finished his solo Saxophone project “Irreversible Momentum” which started in 2009, this will be released in the fall of 2013 and in the fall Marc will record as co-leader a Ballads record with Nikolaj Hess. Read More
Mark Sherman- Mark Sherman has performed globally for the last eight years as a leader, with six tours to Europe and throughout Russia, China, Korea, The Philippines, Australia, the United States, and Canada. Sherman brings a deeply rooted post bop approach to a program of originals and standards that convincingly carry on the art form with a potent level of invigorating musicianship. His music is relentlessly energetic, hard charging, and brimming with incredible improvisations from his refined skills, and deep commitment to the art form itself. Mark has conducted master classes in over 15 different countries with the sponsorship of Yamaha Corporation, and The Pro Mark Corporation. He is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School, and New Jersey City University. Recently selected as a Jazz Ambassador for the United States State Department, and Jazz At Lincoln Center, he toured Russia, and Asia for over 30 Master classes and performances. In addition Sherman is on over 150 CD recordings as a sideman, and has recorded 15 as a leader. Read More
Tony Moreno- New-York-based drummer Tony Moreno is simply one of the most sought after musicians of his profession. He tours all around the world and has played with artists including Barry Harris Trio; Gene Shimosato (w/Matt Garrison and Ravi Coltrane);Dave Phillips and Freedance; Sal Nestico; Mal Waldron Trio; Fred Favarel (w/ Richie Beirach and Jean-Jaques Avanel); The Lounge Lizards; Jurgen Friedrich Trio; European Jazz Orchestra (Parma FrontiereJazz); and Marc Mommaas and Global Motion. In addition to being one of the first New York Jazz Workshop faculty members, Moreno teaches at New York University Jazz Program, Columbia University, and at the City College of New York. He has also lead many clinics in France, Canada, Spain, Germany, Denmark and the US. Read More
Tuition and Registration
$595 Early bird special for registrations received by April 30th
-Participants registering before April 30th will also receive a free ticket to a show at Club Bonafide or free admission on a Harlem Jazz Tour!
$645 for registrations received after May 1st
To sign up for this Summer Intensive, fill out this brief registration form.
For more info regarding our summer program, housing, travel, and more, visit our Summer Workshop General Information page. For a more in-depth experience, inquire about adding a private lesson with someone from the NYJW Faculty during your visit. Learn more about how you can combine Summer Intensives to create a customized Summer Jazz Packages. Feel free to reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
What to expect:
When you join us for one or more of our intensives, you can expect to become a member of our tightly knit community. There will be musicians from all over the world looking to learn, explore and make connections. You will be making connections that last a lifetime. A typical day will be as follows:
11:00am – 1:00pm: Morning Sessions
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch Break
2:00pm – 5:00pm: Afternoon Sessions
Student will normally organize small groups or go check out some concerts. See “Fun Evening Activities” in the General Information page for more details. There will be opportunities for every student to perform outside of the school, more details coming up soon.
The New York Jazz Workshop Summer Series is held in our space at Michiko Studios in midtown Manhattan, just a few blocks from Times Square.
New York Jazz Workshop at Michiko Studios
149 West 46 street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10036
between 6th and 7th avenue.