Winter 2013: 5 sessions
Language: English (assisted by Arabic)
Since Jazz generally relies on the improvisation and development of 3 minute songs, it is critical for the enjoyment of Jazz to know these songs. The autumn workshop covered Jazz in its periods. This workshop follows up with a presentation of 2 songs in each session (1 hour for each song). Each hour will present interpretations of a single song by several great jazz musicians. The songs in their non-jazzed up version will be uploaded to our site and placed on a CD, before the workshop:
Session 1: Sweet Lorraine – Stardust
Session 2: Goodbye to Porkpie Hat – Loverman
Session 3: Flamingo – Body and Soul
Session 4: I Got Rhythm – Sophisticated Lady
Session 5: Ain’t Misbehavin – Willow Weep for Me
(The songs are available for download and can also be viewed on my YouTube clips).
Download Song Samples
Akram Najjar is a graduate of AUB in Physics and Mathematics (1966). By 1969, he completed a degree in Electronic Engineering in the University of Hertfordshire, UK. His professional life was spent in Information Technology. When he was 11 years old he was sick for 6 months. His mother Souad introduced him to Classical Music, which became a life-long love. In the late 50s, 3 events turned him into a Jazz lover: he came across the Voice of America daily Jazz program, a friend lent him a Louis Armstrong LP and by mistake, he was assigned to be a drummer in the scout’s band.