.st0{fill:#FFFFFF;}

Clarinet Road’s First Band Workshop 

 February 1, 2019

By  Evan

​It was a glorious Sunday morning in late-March, typical for that time of year. The "Flying Jazzman's" ​musicians​ were upstairs setting up in the Little Gem Saloon’s homey “Ramp Room” as my team of mentors arrived. ​This was our first ever New Orleans band workshop. 

Strains of blues from the brunch downstairs would swell and then fade with each person who entered the room. Finally, when everyone was present, I signaled to Jan Nielsen, the bandleader​. He ​understood that the stage was his and it was time to get to work.

​Leroy Jones and Roland Guerin arrive to join me for our band workshop while our guests from Denmark ​get set up​ on the stage. ​

When they started to play for us, it was obvious that each of Jan’s band members shared his ​passion for New Orleans music. Sure, we would have plenty to work on for the rest of the day​. ​But their en​thusiasm w​as a great place to start.

​Read ​on to ​see the rest of ​a fabulous day with ​our friends from Denmark and see what our workshops entail​.

More...

​Our Workshop Format

​First, our guests perform a short set for us​. After a few songs, a brief assessment helps us learn the things they want to work on most.

Shannon Powell and Leroy Jones ​(seated) listen to our guests.​

Then, my team of mentor-musicians and I perform a couple of selections.

​From left to right: David Torkanowsky, Evan Christopher, Brian Seeger, Leroy Jones, Shannon Powell, and Roland Guerin. ​Here's how we do things in New Orleans!

Through an open discussion of their experiences, valuable insights about performing the traditional music of New Orleans are shared.

​David Torkanowsky shares some tips about how the rhythm section ​works together in a New Orleans ensemble.

​Next, we split up for some one-on-one instruction. The Little Gem Saloon is a large enough facility that each ​member of the guest ensemble ​has space for a private coaching session. This is an important aspect ​of the tradition that all these New Orleans masters ​recognize.

​Søren Pedersen gets some tips about brush-work and New Orleans grooves from master drummer, Shannon Powell.

​Jesper Riis, a professional trumpet-player and arranger in Denmark, talks shop with the great Leroy Jones.

​After focusing on ​some individual skills, it's time to get back on the bandstand. ​For applying ​concepts of ensemble playing, the jam session format is the perfect model.

​​Our guests ​from Denmark jam ​with some of New Orleans finest musicians.

​It's quite a workout. And, at this point, everyone’s more than ready to sit down for a lunch catered by Little Gem Saloon.

​Little Gem Saloon serves a 3-course family-style meal for all of the workshop participants.

​Time to Strut Your Stuff

Following lunch, the workshop concludes with ​a performance. The Flying Jazzman band decided to take advantage of the ​stage downstairs, which I personally prefer. It's elegant yet ​casual and perfect for acoustic music. 

​A two or three camera taping captures the set. ​The group gets all the raw footage. ​But we edit one complete song and include it with a short video of the workshop.​

Our Danish friends were restricted from “working” so Little Gem Saloon wrote them a letter to specify that they were only ​coming for an educational workshop. ​Of course, for groups without permit concerns, such as bands in the U.S.​, your set can be open to the public!

Schedule Your Workshop

​The workshop format is flexible​. But for the most meaningful experience, we strongly ​encourage including the elements ​​you just read about. 

Every band is unique, so the conversation starts with writing to us​. Tell us about your band and what you want to do together. ​​

Read more about what's possible​!

​Hope to see you in New Orleans!


​[Photos: 2018, April Renae Photography]

  • I was overjoyed to discover this website on Bing; it was just what I was looking for, and I have also bookmarked it to my favorites collection.

  • Embarking on a musical odyssey with Clarinet Road’s first band workshop – where notes meet innovation and melodies find their wings! It’s not just a workshop; it’s a passage into the soul of clarinet music.

  • Die Pflanzkübel von https://www.pflanzkuebel7.de/ sind nicht nur funktional, sondern auch in verschiedenen ansprechenden Designs erhältlich, die sich nahtlos in verschiedene Gartenstile einfügen. Ob modern und minimalistisch oder klassisch und zeitlos – die frostsicheren Pflanzkübel von Teham bieten eine stilvolle Möglichkeit, grüne Oasen zu schaffen.

  • What i dont understood is in reality how youre now not really a lot more smartlyfavored than you might be now Youre very intelligent You understand therefore significantly in terms of this topic produced me personally believe it from a lot of numerous angles Its like women and men are not interested except it is one thing to accomplish with Woman gaga Your own stuffs outstanding Always care for it up

  • of course like your website but you have to check the spelling on several of your posts A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very troublesome to inform the reality on the other hand I will certainly come back again

  • helloI really like your writing so a lot share we keep up a correspondence extra approximately your post on AOL I need an expert in this house to unravel my problem May be that is you Taking a look ahead to see you

  • I was recommended this website by my cousin I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my difficulty You are wonderful Thanks

  • helloI really like your writing so a lot share we keep up a correspondence extra approximately your post on AOL I need an expert in this house to unravel my problem May be that is you Taking a look ahead to see you

  • of course like your website but you have to check the spelling on several of your posts A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very troublesome to inform the reality on the other hand I will certainly come back again

  • Hi my family member I want to say that this post is awesome nice written and come with approximately all significant infos I would like to peer extra posts like this

  • What i do not realize is in fact how you are no longer actually much more wellfavored than you might be right now Youre very intelligent You recognize thus considerably in relation to this topic made me in my view believe it from numerous numerous angles Its like men and women are not fascinated until it is one thing to do with Lady gaga Your own stuffs excellent All the time handle it up

  • I just could not leave your web site before suggesting that I really enjoyed the standard information a person supply to your visitors Is gonna be again steadily in order to check up on new posts

  • obviously like your website but you need to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very troublesome to inform the reality on the other hand Ill certainly come back again

  • hiI like your writing so much share we be in contact more approximately your article on AOL I need a specialist in this area to resolve my problem Maybe that is you Looking ahead to see you

  • Thanks I have just been looking for information about this subject for a long time and yours is the best Ive discovered till now However what in regards to the bottom line Are you certain in regards to the supply

  • I do not even know how I ended up here but I thought this post was great I do not know who you are but certainly youre going to a famous blogger if you are not already Cheers

  • you are in reality a good webmaster The website loading velocity is amazing It sort of feels that youre doing any distinctive trick Also The contents are masterwork you have done a fantastic job in this topic

  • Hello Neat post Theres an issue together with your site in internet explorer would check this IE still is the marketplace chief and a large element of other folks will leave out your magnificent writing due to this problem

  • I just could not leave your web site before suggesting that I really enjoyed the standard information a person supply to your visitors Is gonna be again steadily in order to check up on new posts

  • Somebody essentially lend a hand to make significantly posts I might state That is the very first time I frequented your web page and up to now I surprised with the research you made to create this particular put up amazing Excellent job

  • Simply desire to say your article is as surprising The clearness in your post is simply excellent and i could assume you are an expert on this subject Fine with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post Thanks a million and please carry on the gratifying work

  • Somebody essentially lend a hand to make significantly posts I might state That is the very first time I frequented your web page and up to now I surprised with the research you made to create this particular put up amazing Excellent job

  • you are truly a just right webmaster The site loading speed is incredible It kind of feels that youre doing any distinctive trick In addition The contents are masterwork you have done a great activity in this matter

  • I do trust all the ideas youve presented in your post They are really convincing and will definitely work Nonetheless the posts are too short for newbies May just you please lengthen them a bit from next time Thank you for the post

  • {"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

    Subscribe to our newsletter now!

    >