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Aron Doyle

Performing arts
Music, Jazz idiom


Aron Doyle

Aron Doyle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from McGill University in 1995. Since then he has had a prolific professional career performing all across Canada, in the United States and throughout Europe in jazz festivals, concert halls, clubs and studios. Recognized as a versatile player and soloist in musical genres ranging from New Orleans Jazz to Contemporary/Musique Actuelle, he has amassed over 60 recording credits and shared the stage with such stars as: Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra Jr., Patricia Kaas, Vic Vogel, Michael Albene, Lorraine Desmarais, Michel Donato, Michel Cusson, Alain Caron, Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Donny McCaslin, Paul McCandles, Bireli Lagrene, Oliver Jones, Tim Hagens, Adam Nussbaum, Charlie Haden, Claude Ranger, Bernard Primeau, Lady Alice Robi, Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, Terez Montcalm, Susie Arioli, DJ Ram, Bullfrog featuring Kid Koala, and Le Dixieband. Aron teaches jazz trumpet at CEGEP Marie-Victorin, gives private lessons and composes music for several different groups while maintaining an active free-lance schedule.

Proposed approach and type of activities

The artist wants to present the fundamental elements of the Jazz Idiom to students and to show the influence of Jazz on Pop, Rock and Contemporary music and the relationship of particular jazz terms such as ground rhythm, groove, polyphony, tailgating, call and response, riff, and swing. The most important component is rhythm. Without it, there is no music. A melody is recognizable because it is dependent on rhythm within a time frame. The element of sound must be seen in conjunction with rhythm. Using his trumpet as a musical aid along with recorded examples, the artist will present the origins of the Jazz Idiom coming from New Orleans, standard jazz band instrumentation, and concentrate on presenting the most important fundamental American song form: the blues. Students will be presented with rhythm and singing examples and will be called upon to use them while learning to interact as a 'jazz group'. By the end of the proposed activity, participants will learn about, create and perform a blues piece in class and incorporate the particular elements intrinsic to the Jazz Idiom. This approach can be tailored to every level of maturity and still utilize all the fundamental elements. Moreover, there is an emphasis on listening and communication, encouragement of self-expression, and how an awareness of rhythm can relate to language skills.

Examples of activities
As Jazz is notably an auraI tradition, the imitation of rhythms and singing phrases in a call and response manner will be incorporated in the workshop. Students will be expected to participate in several ways with their hands, feet and mouths by snapping, clapping, tapping and singing along. Recorded examples of jazz icons such as Louis Armstrong (The Whoopin' Blues), Duke Ellington (C Jam Blues) and Charlie Parker (Now's The Time), to name but a few, will be presented to highlight details relating to the fundamental elements of the Jazz Idiom and in particular the blues song form. Mr. Doyle will also present the trumpet along with various mutes typically used in jazz ensembles. ln short, the presentation of recorded examples, playing live and making a little music together will make for an enjoyable and interesting experience.

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Aron Doyle
Phone : 514 671-9966
Other phone : 514 833-0412
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