Howard 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 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
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
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
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.
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