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Once a month a group of students get together for jazz instruction with David Friesen. Unlike private lessons, this is a chance to learn how to play with a group. How to listen...how to lead...how to accompany.

All levels of experience are welcome - you should be able to play your instrument competently, and have a grasp of a 12-bar blues. To prepare, practice the songs listed below. Learn the form, be familiar with the changes, listen to the performances.

On the day of the ensemble training, show up - and relax! You might be nervous, but it really is a lot of fun!


April 12, 2014
Location: Duane Brown's House. 4050 NE Fairview Lake Way. Fairview OR 97024
Songs Attendees

April in Paris

500 Miles High

Eighty One

Don't Blame Me

Compositions by students


9:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Jeff Kaastad, Guitar
  • Sam Rozell, Guitar
  • Gil, Saxophone
May 3, 2014
Location: Mark Madison's House. 975 NW Torrey View Lane Portland 97229.

Basic directions from the east side are: Hwy 26 west, take Barnes Ave exit just before Hwy 217, right at light at end of exit, then right at next light which is Barnes Ave. Go on Barnes to 4th light, make left here at SW Leahy Rd, stay on Leahy until first stop sign, make right turn on NW 90th Ave and go till next stop sign, make right turn there onto NW Leahy Terrace. Go about 300ft till road ends and make left turn onto NW Torrey View Lane, and in another 100ft veer left to stay on Torrey View Ln. Go to end of cul-du-sac, last house straight back at end is 975, blue house. Driveway is large so please feel free to park in driveway or on street, your choice.

(If using a GPS device don’t let it take you via Miller to Ash St. There is a barrier on Ash, you can’t get through. You can only get there via Barnes or Cornell). Lost? Questions? 503-477-6944

Songs Attendees

El Gaucho


'Round Midnight

Stompin' at the Savoy

Compositions by students


9:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Mark Madison, Drums
June 21, 2014
Location: Duane Brown's House. 4050 NE Fairview Lake Way. Fairview OR 97024
Songs Attendees

If You Never Come To Me

The Song Is You


Quiet Now

Compositions by students


9:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • you could be the first
Charts: Print out the chart from the "Play, transpose, etc" link - or purchase a copy of The Real Book: Sixth Edition. Here are links to purchase from Amazon.com or Powell's