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The Power of Two - Benefits of Teaching Jazz Style, Articulation and Conception in a Duet Setting

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  • The duet format is an excellent manner in which to develop many of the skills necessary to successfully perform jazz literature. The majority of the skills needed to perform in student jazz ensembles can be taught and learned in the duet format. This clinic will present various ways in which duets can be beneficial in the teaching of young jazz musicians.
  • Doug Beach (dougb@elmhurst.edu)
  • 12/17/2015 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
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  • Doug Beach is a performer, composer, publisher, educator, arranger, and Grammy Award winner. At Elmhurst College, where he has taught since 1978, he serves as director of the acclaimed Elmhurst College Jazz Band and as director of jazz studies. Under his direction, the Jazz Band has performed in jazz festivals across the world. Beach is equally well known for his work as a publisher and composer. His company, Doug Beach Music, is one of the world’s leading publishers of educational jazz music. In 1996, the Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices recorded his arrangement of “Cottontail” on a CD that went on to win the Grammy Award for best large jazz ensemble. Beach is also a highly sought-after clinician and adjudicator. He has served as a conductor, guest artist, or judge throughout the United States and in Canada, Australia, and Europe, and he frequently conducts All-State ensembles. Twice, he has served as artist-in-residence for the Illinois Arts Council.
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