January Jazz & Musicianship Intensive

January Jazz & Musicianship Intensive
This is the first in a series of announcements for upcoming workshops, master classes etc. through the January Jazz & Musicianship Intensive, co-presented by the Yukon Arts Centre and MusicYukon. Stay tuned for information on vocal jazz opportunities and much, much more!
If you want to register for one or more of the following workshops, please email duncan.sinclair7@gmail.com. There are a limited number of spots, so if interested jump on this!
For more information about the workshops contact Grant Simpson c/o grantlsimpson@gmail.com or 668-3401 otherwise contact me with your questions c/o this email.
If you are interested but have financial challenges, get in touch so we can discuss other arrangements.
We look forward to hearing from you.

#1: Introduction to Chords and Harmony: The study of songs and how chords are put together to build interesting harmony. By the end of the 4 lessons, students will have gained an understanding of complex harmony and chord progressions.

Tuesday Evenings:6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Classes start on January 8th to 29th, 2013

Cost:$80.00 per person

More Details:We will begin by learning the harmonized scale and how it works and continue by the study of the harmonic structure of songs.We will end by creating your own advanced chord progression.

All materials will be posted on line, including mp3 files and pdf files.


#2: Level 1 Chart Writing: Learning to Chart your music and prepare it for other musicians to perform. By the end of 4 lessons students will be able to create basic charts that are easy to read and understand for other musicians.

Tuesday Evenings:8:00 – 9:15 p.m.

Classes start on January 8th – 29th, 2013

Cost:$80.00 per person

More Details:You will learn to write clean, easy to understand charts for you songs.We will also learn how to transpose charts so your songs are ready for sax, trumpet and other instruments.


#3: Study of the Improvised Line:This will be a look at the creation of the improvised line.Learning how the masters did it – to help you understand how you can do it too.

Wednesday Evenings:6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Classes start on January 9th – 30th

Cost:$80.00 per person

More Details:We will be looking at some of the great improvised solos in history and analyzing them together (along with the chords).The study and understanding of these solos help you see what kind of options are available to you when you are soloing yourself.Students will also be putting this theory to work on their instruments.



For the past 30 years, Grant has been a full-time pianist, musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher and entertainer.

Simpson has toured across Canada, United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Grand Cayman Island, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Korea and China. He has also been and continues to be the musical director of the world famous Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue for over 30 years.

Studying classical piano and guitar in his teens, his energy and focus began to lean towards folk, blues and traditional jazz, something that still colors everything Grant plays.

His style is jazz-rooted, but he is as much a folk musician as a jazz, swing and stride player. Grant’s pursuit to learn everything he could about the music he loved, led him to meet and befriend some of the greats in traditional jazz and blues including Dick Wellstood, Ralph Sutton and Dave McKenna who had a profound influence on his direction, dedication and style.

Grant has recorded acclaimed CDs on solo piano and with the band New Orleans North and with Kate Weekes.

Simpson has exceptional familiarity with Yukon musicians and their state of development and practice having worked as the Manager of MusicYukon’s Resource Centre for three years and subsequently serving as the Chair/President of MusicYukon for six years.

He has developed and delivered several jazz theory, improvisation and appreciation workshops for Jazz Yukon.