Our 2009 Big Band workshop in September was a big success! John Clayton, together with Jay Thomas and Bill Ramsay, led 18 musicians in 3 days of intensive rehearsals and discussions. The repertoire featured a number of John's compositions and arrangements, seasoned with a couple of classics from the Count Basie library.
As Basie alumni, John and Bill felt right at home, and Jay was the rock of the sax section in the first tenor chair. The weekend was capped by a sold-out concert in the Wheeler Theater, which ended with the audience leaping to its feet and shouting for more.
We'll definitely do another big band workshop in 2010, only next time with two bands! The dates will be announced soon.
Don't forget – we're hosting an amazing Jazz Improvisation workshop in a few weeks with the great Geoffrey Keezer. We have a few spaces left in this intensive workshop – sign up today – we promise you'll have a great time, and learn a lot.