Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive (and other summer related stuff)

August 28, 2009

I just finished a summer jazz course at Douglas College, and it was really fun. I got a chance to meet various well-known musicians from Vancouver including Ross Taggart, Kent Wallace and Bernie Arai. It was a week full of musical intensity for all of us students. I met 5 other drummers, a few of whom I could definitely relate with in terms of the music I like. I don’t think anybody at this camp was a total beginner, and it seemed like at least half of these people were really good at their instrument. So after my very short audition, I was put in the intermediate combo. We played a few songs including “Blue Monk”, “Maiden Voyage”, and “Recordame”. Also, we got 2 master classes from Bernie, who was very down to earth and is an amazing drummer as well.

We played 3 concerts, one at the Java Jazz Cafe, one at the Cellar, and one at the college. The one at the Java Jazz Cafe was pretty fun, since it was a jam night and everyone was sightreading. The Cellar was very cramped, but it was a great show nonetheless, and at a great venue. And afterwards, me and some friends from the camp went busking near English Bay. It was really fun, and we made $6 each from only 40 mins of playing! But at the college it felt more like a real stage setting, which is what I’m more used to. The whole week was really fun, and I hope that I can do it again next year.

On the other side of things, I had a list of things that I knew I had to do before the end of summer. Here it is:

1. Study some math to prep for Grade 10. Check!

2. Not suck at jazz camp. Check!

3. Get a phone!! Check!!

4. Get “The Beast” sneakers by Gravis!! Check!!

5. Get a new hoodie. Check!

6. Get the BAPE X G-Shock watch. Uncompleted.

After all that, I think I’m ready for summer to end. Well, partially.


One comment

  1. You definitely did NOT SUCK at jazz camp Miles. I was so impressed with your playing at all three performances. And I’m not just saying this because I’m your dad – you really did swing, and deliver some tasty solos. Congratulations Miles!
    Your proud papa

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