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Special Presentations and Courses During Black History Month

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Stan Levey - The Beginnings of Bebop

Legendary jazz drummer Stan Levey was not only on the scene for the birth of bebop music, he also played a significant role in its delivery. This documentary is a fascinating inside look at a musician who was both a participant and an observer, whose briskly swinging skills as a drummer were matched by an insightful understanding of the jazz history-making surroundings of his youth. Featured are commentaries from Stan and his contemporaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Hank Jones, Terry Gibbs, Nino Tempo, Bill Henderson and Charlie Watts. This is a non-profit video strictly made for the enjoyment and education of you the viewer. Produced by Arthur Shelby Pritz & Stan Levey. Directed by Arthur Shelby Pritz.
Welcome New Members

Our members get special discounts on events, lessons and goodies like sounds and scores.

When you buy a 2020-2021 membership, you are helping us make the necessary roof repairs which were not covered by insurance after the 2018 Weymouth Fire.

Our facilities are temporarily closed for the following posted events under the January NS community spread guidelines.
We will let you know when we re-open public space.
We are limiting public space gatherings to 6 bubbles.

If you have bubbles greater than 2, please let us know in advance or on the PayPal notes.

Please sign up using our secure PayPal interface or if easier please let us know if you would like to make a donation in person. Please note: you will be able to set your own price for individual days or pay what you can days.

Questions about events and donations? Email to Founder, Gregg Mazel

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A call for all Canadians to help restore a Nova Scotia landmark

Winter Scene at 4614 HWY 1

Designed by JC Dumaresq

Renowned Canadian architect JC Dumaresq designed the building and it is one of his last commissions. Dumaresq was the principal designer of Dingle Tower in Halifax among numerous other architecturally significant Canadian buildings.

Service, Mr. Dumaresq believed, was architecture's guiding principle – that and the customer is always right. "Tell us what you want and we'll conceive it," he told Halifax Magazine. "Of course it takes more than one try [to get it right] … it's all about accomplished dreams."

Historic Property
needs preservation

Mazel Musical Arts Society music school and studio music space is housed in the historic Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Building of Weymouth, Nova Scotia. A beautiful, understated landmark constructed in 1906, the RBC Building was one of the first Royal Banks of Canada in Nova Scotia. Before opening Mazel Musical Arts Society, we restored and renovated the building working to preserve its architectural character.

Heritage at Provincial Level

Heritage at Municipal Level

Mazel Musical Arts
  • ✔Historic brick building
  • ✔Beautiful musical space
  • ✔Excellent acoustics
  • ✔Close to community
An Acoustic Treasure
An Acoustic Treasure
acoustically magnificent

Our building is not just a wonderful space to look at. It is an acoustically magnificent building too. It's unobstructed tall ceilings and stone and brick interior help to create a fantastic sound when musicians play here.

Mazel Musical Arts Society music school and studio was closed for Fall 2018 through 2019 classes due to fire damage from the Weymouth fire, directly across the street that took down two buildings in August, 2018. We are continuing to recover and will continue to keep you posted for some amazing inspiring musician sessions, including singing, improv and coop radio streaming. We have recently added a complete interactive 3/4 green room with lighting and sound systems and broadcasting equipment to this fine acoustical space. Though the façade is currently partially repaired, we still have to fix the roof, which was heavily damaged by the fire. The insurance company unfortunately did not respond positively to our claim to repair the roof. We are hoping to fix the roof this season, but will need community support. Thanks for your patience while we rebuild.

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Please click here to help us make the necessary roof repairs which were not covered by insurance.

More information about our organization

We are in the early stages of musically transforming our communities in rural Nova Scotia. We wish everyone with talent to be able to explore their full creative potential using techniques I have learned as a long time professional jazz musician. My experience is directly through the heritage of having studied with noted jazz masters, Jackie McLean, Jaki Byard (associated with Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy) and Joe Viola (former head of Woodwinds at Berklee College of Music).
My emphasis at the studio is on musical literacy and practical methods for learning improvisation, especially Jazz improvisation and ensemble arranging.
I am currently holding 1 on 1 virtual lessons and lessons at the studio at $45 per hour as listed on the website.
To rent the green screen room with an audio/visual engineer is currently listed at $250 per hour (minimum booking is for 4 hours, with first and last hour free, so a complete recording/broadcast session is for the low price of $500).

We have onsite for your use:

  1. Drum Set
  2. 3 sets of Wenger choral risers
  3. Vibraharp
  4. Electric Piano
  5. Electric Bass
  6. 4 student iPads with digital audio recording software and scoring software pre-installed for use in studio
  7. Large shared display
  8. Multiple Hi Fi microphones
  9. Powered mixer and headsets
  10. Shared wifi network with multiple midi interfaces
  11. Broadcasting application software to YouTube, FaceBook and others
  12. Finale, Sibelius and Notion Scoring applications
  13. SmartMusic
  14. Max MSP
  15. Ableton Live (DAW)
  16. MOTU Digital Performer (DAW)
  17. Cubasis (Daw)
  18. Large sampling libraries with authentic sounding virtual instruments
  19. Other esoteric algorithmic music applications from MIT and elsewhere
We plan on holding ad-hoc occasional online group workshops and can host your personalized workshops here for a 20% of door (donation) fee. I also teach privately using Smart Music software, which allows students and teachers a wide range of musical practice and assessment tools.

Home office hours: Mazel Musical Arts will be hosting open Zoom and FaceBook Chat video call times between 9 am and 5 pm weekdays by email appointment.
Feel free to pop in and ask questions of any of our teachers who will be available per request.

Student 1 hour lessons are now $45 (some scholarships available, so please inquire).

We now provide a 3/4 green screen studio with lighting and camera, available for video broadcasting. Prices including tech engineer are currently $250 per hour (some scholarships available, so please inquire).


Demo of green screen room featuring Cam Cromwell with original song, Nova Scotia.

Steps for Ramping Up Remote Work in the Cloud

“This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
-Alan Watts

An Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to Humans

We are live streaming upcoming events at our studio. Thanks for your cooperation, and stay safe.
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Why should you become a part of our community musical arts programs?

In today's gig economy, there are many ways to make money, even as a musician. Mazel Musical Arts believes that right now is the right time to work together in order to thrive.
With that thought in mind, we have decided to build a state of the art streaming broadcast studio, right here in Weymouth. We will soon be featuring locally originated streaming radio/tv broadcasts, featuring local artists, with local stories as well as musically knowledgeable radio hosts.
You can be a part of this and share in the subscriber profits. We build this together. Please call or email us for more information (see contact info at top of each page).

Check out Marcel Weaver's Mazel Musical Arts - Music Education Mind Map!

Our music studio recently filled up with musicians from the Fanfare Regional Band of Clare. They were rehearsing for the annual Concert de Noël/Christmas Concert at Eglise Sacre-Coeur.
Hosted by Concerts de Par en haut à Par en bas.

We would like to publicly thank Mike Tavares for the recent restoration of our façade after the terrible Weymouth Fire of 2018. He did an amazing job, don't you agree?

Music Literacy is more than reading music.
Why is Duke Ellington Important?
Who was Count Basie?
Johnny Hodges?
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Monk Rowe - Bill Dobbins Interview, from Fillius Jazz Archive at Hamilton College

Bill Dobbins talks about his career as a jazz performer and educator, some ideas about jazz musicians and their lack of being adequately prepared for the jazz jam session, citing society's lowered musical values.
Bill also shares his personal experiences at Kent State during the trouble times in the 1970's and also shares some beautiful harmonic chord explorations.
Instant Opera™

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Please note: If you feel more comfortable writing a check than using PayPal, please make check payable to Mazel Musical Arts Society and drop it off at any RBC bank or send it to Box 418, Weymouth, Nova Scotia B0W 3T0 CANADA

We will send you a receipt by Canada Post.

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