Chris Ishee –- director
ABOUT THE JAZZ ENSEMBLES
SFYSA Jazz Ensembles include two groups, Jazz Essentials and Jazz Performance. Jazz Essentials covers basic improv and music theory concepts, with an emphasis on providing students with the basic skills and comfort level to perform and improvise in contemporary music idioms. Special jazz rhythm-section concepts are also addressed in this class. Jazz Essentials students perform a small program in the Winter and Spring concerts. Jazz Performance, the advanced section, covers more sophisticated improv concepts with an emphasis on concert level preparation. Placement into either section is at the Director’s discretion, but is contingent upon several factors, including the student’s performing ability, knowledge of music theory, necessary instrumentation, and the student’s age.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Mr. Ishee is music director at Santa Fe Preparatory School, and is in demand as a jazz educator and clinician throughout the country. You can find his second CD release, Saints and Sinners, online and in fine music retail stores. Prior to moving to New Mexico in 1994, Mr. Ishee toured as keyboardist for trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, singer Engelbert Humperdinck, singer Alvaro Torres, and others. He has also appeared on many recordings and commercials. For the last eight years Mr. Ishee has been a member of the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra and has performed locally, nationally, and internationally with diverse artists such as Bobby Shew, the Crimson Jazz Trio, Eddie Daniels, the Jono Manson Band, John Popper, Bo Diddley, Chris Calloway, Frank Morgan, Kenny Davern, Bud Shank, Jeff Kashiwa and many others.