Advanced Big Band

    Portland Ensembles — Advanced Big Band

    Advance Skills

    If you are a jazz, band, or orchestral (reed and brass) musician at an advanced level, join us for a comprehensive Big Band program with renowned composer/arranger/bassist/ educator, Chuck Israels. Chuck has worked with many Jazz greats, including, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane, and others.

    Course Outline

    Big Band will focus on the classic large ensemble compositions of jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Basie, Gerry Mulligan and Gil Evans. Students should know all major and dominant scales, and a two-octave chromatic scale. A jazz transcription of your choice and good sight-reading required. Advanced improvisational skills are desirable but not required.

    Class Information & Tuition

    Classes will take place Tuesdays from 4:30pm – 7:00pm and Saturdays from 3:00pm – 5:30pm at Northwest Academy: 11th and Main in SW Portland. This location is easily accessible by public transportation. Classes begin in September 2018 and run through the school year.  Full year tuition is $1,200, as it meets 2 days a week and is a total of 5 hours.

    Meet the Director

    Chuck Israels

    Chuck Israels is a composer/arranger/bassist who has worked with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane, and many others. He is best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio from 1961 through 1966 and for his pioneering accomplishments in Jazz Repertory as Director of the National Jazz Ensemble from 1973 to 1981. He directed the jazz studies program at Western Washington University from 1986 to 2009 when he retired and moved to Portland, OR, to return to full time professional musical life forming the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra.

    Chuck is a guest composer/director with various European jazz ensembles and orchestras as well as a frequent performer with the Barry Harris Trio. “The Eindhoven Concert,” a CD of Chuck’s compositions and arrangements, played by the Metropole Orchestra under Chuck’s direction, with trumpet soloist Claudio Roditi, has been released on Azica Recordings. Mood Records has released a concert of Chuck’s compositions and arrangements played by the Hannover Philharmonic Orchestra under his direction, and Chiaroscuro Records has released historic National Jazz Ensemble recordings on CD.

    Among Chuck’s many recordings as a bassist, some outstanding ones include: Coltrane Time, with John Coltrane; My Point of View, with Herbie Hancock; Getz au Go-Go, with Stan Getz; and many recordings with the Bill Evans Trio, including The Town Hall Concert; The Second Trio; Trio ‘65; Live at the Trident; Time Remembered; and Live at Shelley’s Manne Hole.