Composition & Arranging Class Graduation

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Concert, Education

Class Graduation Saturday, November, 21 :: 1:00pm

DazzleJazz :: 930 Lincoln St., Denver

Come hear the debut performances of this semester’s class!


Fall 2015

Jazz Composition & Arranging

Theory & Improvisation

 Classes for all Ages

 Saturdays, September 26 through November 14
Classes at :: Denver School of the Arts – 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver



clintWe are very pleased to announce that Clint Dadian will be leading our Saturday classes this semester.

Clint is a professional guitarist specializing in jazz and fluent in many styles. After spending some time performing in Europe, he settled in Brooklyn where he earned a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from Long Island University. There Clint had the opportunity to study with some of the finest jazz guitarists in New York including Peter Bernstein, Rodney Jones, Chris Rosenberg, Mark Elf and Randy Johnston, while studying jazz piano with Bruce Barth and David Berkman and attending master classes with Jim Hall, Jack Wilkins, Jimmy Heath, Attila Zoller, Barry Harris and many others. After graduating he served as an adjunct guitar instructor at LIU.

 In the late nineties Clint held a steady gig at Augie’s (now Smoke), affording the opportunity to sit in with Peter Bernstein, Rodney Jones, Eric Alexander, Harold Mabern, Cecil Payne, Jim Rotundi, Steve Davis, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Larry Goldings and other characters who frequented the club. During that time he created and instructed a jazz workshop for adults which ran for six years.

In 2009, Clint was awarded a Masters Degree in Music from the University of Denver, studying classical guitar with Masakazu Ito and jazz guitar with Alan Joseph.  His jazz composition and arranging studies with Dave Hanson opened up a whole new world of big band arranging that he soon become immersed in, now composing for and perform weekly with the Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra in Denver.




Jazz Composition :: Saturdays 10:00pm-11:15pm

– In this class we will create a composition that will be developed, over the course of the next three semesters ultimately into an arrangement for big band. We will explore melodic and harmonic development, various tonic and scale systems and compositional elements such as intros and outros. The course will culminate in a performance of the students’ works by a professional ensemble.

Compostion Class Syllabus
Jazz Arranging :: Saturdays 11:30pm-12:45pm

– In this course we will  explore the elements of small group arranging. Topics will include: writing for the rhythm section, writing swing rhythms, understanding range and transposition, contrapuntal harmony and more.  The course will culminate in a performance of the students’ works by a professional ensemble.
Arranging Class Syllabus
Jazz Theory/Improvisation :: Saturdays 1:00pm-2:15pm
– This class provides students with the vocabulary and understanding of jazz music theory that is needed to begin improvising with conviction and musicianship. We will explore different harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements through the use of exercises, group improvisation, and standard melodies and progressions. The class will cover the most common scales and approaches.


Enroll in more than one class and receive a discount!