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30th Anniversary

1984 - 2014

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Weekly Ensemble Classes

in Jazz Improvisation and Harmony

for all levels

About Jazz Workshops

Howard ReesHoward Rees apprenticed with Jazz Master Barry Harris from 1978 – 1984 in New York City. Upon returning to Toronto, he founded Howard Rees’ Jazz Workshops – Canada’s Oldest Independent Jazz School – now celebrating its 30th year. Focusing on the wisdom of Barry Harris, the Jazz Workshops have attracted more than 2,500 students from across Canada and internationally

Study Materials

Workshop Books

Study directly with jazz master Barry Harris. Referred to as the “Bebop Bible” by Tommy Flanagan, each volume in this professionally filmed series, includes DVDs and a Workbook with transcriptions written by Howard Rees. Will be of interest to instrumentalists and vocalists from intermediate to professional level.

We Are One Jazz Project

We Are One Jazz Project

Founded by Howard Rees, the WAOJP strengthens community bonds by harnessing the beauty and power of jazz as a force for social change, through which to inspire young Canadians. Through direct interaction with master musicians, the project teaches young students the benefits of working in a large ensemble, building bonds and self-discovery. Our goal is to kindle a lifelong appreciation for the arts, and motivation for creative thinking and excellence in the lives of each participant.

Jazz School Online

Jazz School Online

Howard Rees’ JSO features over 200 video lessons on jazz improvisation and harmony by subscription. JSO presents key components of Barry Harris’ method. The main concepts are surprisingly few and may be memorized with relative ease. The real work and joy of discovery however, comes from digging ever deeper into them.  The Barry Harris method is truly an Improvisational Approach to Studying Jazz.

We Are One Jazz Voices

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Howard Rees’ WAOJV is comprised of 16 voices + a piano trio. This unique ensemble performs beautiful 8 part compositions and arrangements of Barry Harris, Bud Powell and Charlie Parker as well as arrangements of well-known standards. WAOJV is available to play in concert, at private functions and in larger venues.

Barry Harris

Barry HarrisVisit the Official Barry Harris web site. The premier source for jazz education and musical performance education.

A Few Student Testimonials

John Pagnotta

I’ve been studying jazz improvisation for over twenty years at some of the most renowned institutions and with some of the most highly touted educators. However, it wasn’t until I began to work with Howard Rees at The Jazz Workshop that it all came together for me. My playing has improved exponentially since I started taking classes at The Jazz Workshop. The instruction is clear and systematic and the application of the exercises is practical and finds its way into your playing in no time.

John Pagnottasaxophones, flute
Mike Evans

I’ve attended the Jazz Workshop and the Barry Harris clinics in Toronto for several years now and I’m looking forward to attending for many more. The weekly sessions with Howard are the best context that I have found for improving my playing, as I am constantly challenged to address my weak points. Howard is a supportive and encouraging teacher who has mastered the art of constructive criticism. While the weekly sessions can be difficult, I thoroughly enjoy them. The Barry Harris approach to improvisation is the most logically complete methodology that I’m aware of.  Needless to say I’m a very happy customer as the whole package has greatly enriched my musical experiences

Mike Evansguitarist
David Callender

(On the Barry Harris Workshop Video Series): In my 20 years in sales at Canada’s largest musical instrument retailers, I’ve likely seen every instructional jazz video and workbook ever distributed. The Barry Harris Workshop Video series is really the only one I can recommend with a clear conscience.

David Callenderpianist
Larry Licht

As a student in Howard’s jazz workshops for many years – progressing from beginners to more advanced, I cannot think of a better class environment to learn to improve upon techniques of playing and singing improvised music.

Larry Lichtdrummer