Jazz Combo Classes

with Brad Muirhead

The Jazz Ensemble is a regular ensemble that meets Tuesday Evenings. Learn and improve your jazz improvisation skills in a small jazz combo setting. We play a variety of jazz standards and original tunes and arrangements, some by our own ensemble members.

We offer classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced musicians. The emphasis in rehearsal is on learning to improvise, to help each player learn the role and function of their instrument in the group context, and to expand student’s knowledge of the jazz repertoire. The ensembles each have 4 to 8 players and is open to players of any instrument including vocalists. An informal audition may be required to determine placement.

Classes – 2019 – 2020 Academic Year

Start September 17, 2019
Fall classes: Sept. 24, Oct 1,8,15,22 Nov. 5,12,19,26, Dec.3,10,
Winter Term
Jan. 7,14,21,28, Feb. 4,11,18,25 March 3,10,31, April 7,14,21,28, 
May 5,12,19,26, June 2.

Registration – For those who want to register online, please click the register link below. FYI we are implementing a new registration process for all programs at DCMS during the 2019-2020 season

Brad Muirhead

Brad Muirhead – Instructor.
Brad is well known to audiences across Canada and Europe for his powerful sound and inventive improvising. He has been involved in the Vancouver music scene as a performer, composer and arranger for more than 20 years. He has recorded and toured extensively with his own groups Primal Orbit and Brass Roots as well as the NOW Orchestra, Hugh Fraser’s VEJI, and the Hard Rubber Orchestra. His latest original projects as a leader are “Koan”, a Chinese influenced ethnojazz-rock-fusion sextet, and the East Van Jazz Orchestra. Brad is very active as a music educator teaching privately and directing school bands. He has been Coordinator of the Banff Summer Jazz Workshop, and Producer of the Vancouver & Victoria International Jazz Orchestra Workshops and is Artistic Director of the Renfrew Community Performance Project