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Instrumental Performance Ensemble

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PRF 000 SERIES — JAZZ ENSEMBLES

PRF100 – 400
Jazz Repertoire Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Standard and contemporary jazz repertoire.

PRF101
Horace Silver Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
The repertoire of Horace Silver.

PRF201
Miles / Wayne Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
The repertoire of Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter.

PRF203
Jazz Fusion Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire by composers in the jazz fusion tradition including Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius and Jean-Luc Ponty among others.

PRF204
Gypsy Jazz Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire by composers in the gypsy jazz tradition including Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli among others. Open to voice, violin, viola, cello, accordion, solo guitar, rhythm guitar and bass.

PRF205
Wes Montgomery Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
The repertoire of Wes Montgomery. Open to guitar, piano, bass, drums, and saxophone.

PRF206
Guitar Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Jazz, Latin American and Western European repertoire arranged for 4 – 8 guitarists.

PRF207
Blues and R&B Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire of blues and R&B composers from the 1940s to the present.

PRF301
Odd Meter Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire in odd meters by composers including John McLaughlin, George Duke, Milton Nascimento, Nguyen Le, Airto Moreira, Esbjorn Svensson and Jeff Beck among others; also odd meter arrangements of jazz standards.

PRF302
New Orleans Ensemble — 1920s to the Present
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire of composers in the early New Orleans jazz tradition including Joe “King” Oliver, Louis Armstrong and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band along with current funk and brass bands coming out of the “Crescent City” including Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Emphasis on learning repertoire by ear.

PRF303
Charles Mingus Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
The repertoire of Charles Mingus.

PRF304
Art Blakey Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
The repertoire of Art Blakey.

PRF305
CJC Jazz Orchestra
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Standard and contemporary big band literature.

PRF306A
Jazz Piano Trio
1 credit, 1 hour lab
Standard and contemporary jazz repertoire. Open to two students and one faculty: one on piano; one on bass; and one on drums. Note: The Trio Instruction Rate applies to this course (see Tuition & Fees).

PRF306B
Jazz Guitar Trio
1 credit, 1 hour lab
Standard and contemporary jazz repertoire. Open to two students and one faculty: one on guitar; one on bass; and one on drums. Note: The Trio Instruction Rate applies to this course (see Tuition & Fees).

PRF306C
Jazz Organ Trio
1 credit, 1 hour lab
Standard and contemporary jazz repertoire. Open to two students and one faculty: one on organ; one on bass; and one on drums. Note: The Trio Instruction Rate applies to this course (see Tuition & Fees).

PRF306D
Jazz Horn Trio
1 credit, 1 hour lab
Standard and contemporary jazz repertoire. Open to two students and one faculty: one on horn; one on bass; and one on drums. Note: The Trio Instruction Rate applies to this course (see Tuition & Fees).

PRF307
Chick Corea Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
The repertoire of Chick Corea.

PRF308
Improvised Music Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire of spontaneously composed music in the jazz tradition.

PRF309
Improvised Music Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire by noted composers; also features students’ original work. Prerequisite: Intermediate hand drum and stick technique and the ability to read rhythmic notation.

PRF403
Pat Metheny Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
The repertoire of Pat Metheny.

PRF408
Original Compositions Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire composed and performed exclusively by ensemble students.

PRF409
Post-Bop Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
The repertoire of composers in the post-bop tradition including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter, among others.

PRF 020 SERIES — STRING ENSEMBLES

PRF 120 – 420
Jazz Strings Chamber Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire of composers in the jazz strings tradition including the Turtle Island Quartet, Darol Anger, Jean-Luc Ponty, Edgar Meyer and Evan Price among others. Open to violinists, violists, cellists and double bassists.

PRF321
Jazz String Quartet
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire of composers in the jazz string quartet tradition including Quartet San Francisco, the Turtle Island Quartet, Darol Ander, Jean-Luc Ponty, Edgar Meyer and Evan Price among others. Open to 2 violinists, 1 violist and 1 cellist.

PRF326
Jazz Strings Trio
1 credits, 1 hours lab
Standard and contemporary jazz repertoire. Open to two students and one faculty on violin, viola, cello or double bass. Note: The trio ensemble rate applies to this course (see Tuition & Fees).

 PRF 030 SERIES — LATIN AMERICAN ENSEMBLES

PRF230
Latin Jazz Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire of composers in the Latin jazz tradition including Chucho Valdés, Rafael, René and Oscar Hernandez, Pedro Flores, Tito Puente and John Santos among others.

PRF231
Afro-Venezuelan Jazz Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire of composers in the Afro-Venezuelan jazz tradition including Aquiles Baez, Aldemaro Romero and Simón Díaz among others.

PRF232
Eddie Palmieri Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
The repertoire of Eddie Palmieri.

PRF335
Afro-Latin Percussion Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
The history and performance of traditional, popular and contemporary Latin American repertoire. Prerequisites: Intermediate hand drum and stick technique and coordination, and the ability to read rhythmic notation.

PRF336
Afro-Cuban Orchestra
2 credits, 3 hours lab
The repertoire of composers in the Afro-Cuban tradition including Tito Puente, Francisco Aguabella, Eddie Palmieri, Machito and Tite Curet Alonso among others.

PRF338
Tangos, Choros and Frevos
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire of composers in the Latin American tradition including Astor Piazzola, Egberto Gismonti, Jose Maria de Abreu, Toninho Horta, Edu Lobo and Steve Erquiaga among others. Diverse instrumentation welcome!

PRF339
Astor Piazzolla Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
The repertoire of Astor Piazzolla. Open to the following instrumentation: bandoneon, accordion, harmonica or melodica, piano, double bass, drums, percussion, electric guitar, violin (2), cello, flute, and clarinet.

PRF 040 SERIES — BRAZILIAN ENSEMBLES

PRF240
Brazilian Jazz Repertoire Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire of composers in the Brazilian jazz tradition including Antônio Carlos Jobim, Toninho Horta and Marcos Silva among others.

PRF242
Choro Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire by composers in the choro tradition including Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth and Waldir Azevedo among others.

PRF245
Brazilian Rhythm Ensemble
 3 credits, 3 hours lab
Applied rhythms and percussion techniques from across Brazil focusing on the history and musical practice from three major cultural areas of Brazil: Rio de Janeiro; Salvador, Bahia; and the northeastern state of Pernambuco.

PRF246
Brazilian Jazz Guitar Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Brazilian jazz repertoire arranged for 4 – 8 guitarists.

PRF346A
Brazilian Jazz Piano Trio
1 credit, 1 hour lab
Repertoire of composers in the Brazilian jazz tradition including Antônio Carlos Jobim, Toninho Horta, Chico Pinheiro, Hermeto Pascual, Dori Caymmi and Marcos Silva among others. Open to two students and one faculty: one on piano; one on bass; and one on drums. Note: The trio ensemble rate applies to this course (see Tuition & Fees).

PRF346B
Brazilian Jazz Piano Trio
1 credit, 1 hour lab
Repertoire of composers in the Brazilian jazz tradition including Antônio Carlos Jobim, Toninho Horta, Chico Pinheiro, Hermeto Pascual, Dori Caymmi and Marcos Silva among others. Open to two students and one faculty: one on piano; one on bass; and one on drums. Note: The trio ensemble rate applies to this course (see Tuition & Fees).

PRF 050 SERIES — INDIAN ENSEMBLES

PRF250
Traditional North Indian Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire in the North Indian music tradition by composers including Ali Akbar Khan and Alam Khan among others.

PRF 060 SERIES — BLUES, R&B, FUNK AND REGGAE ENSEMBLES

PRF260
Blues and R&B Ensemble
2 credits, 2 hours lab
Repertoire in the blues and R&B tradition from
the 1940s to the present.

PRF261
East Bay Funk Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire of composers in the funk tradition including Sly and the Family Stone, Cold Blood, Tower of Power and The Headhunters among others.

PRF262
Ska and Reggae Ensemble
2 credits, 2 hours lab
Repertoire of composers in the Ska, Rocksteady, and Reggae tradition including the Skatalites, the Upsetters, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Sly and Robbie, and Roots Radics among others. Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists.

PRF 070 SERIES — POP ENSEMBLES

PRF370
Sting Ensemble
2 credits, 2 hours lab
The repertoire of Sting from ‘The Police’ to the present.

PRF 080 SERIES — AMERICAN ROOTS ENSEMBLES

PRF280
Bluegrass Ensemble
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire of composers in the traditional and contemporary bluegrass tradition from Bill Monroe to Bela Fleck. Open to acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, acoustic or electric bass, dobro and vocals.

PRF 090 SERIES — WESTERN EUROPEAN ENSEMBLES

PRF290
Saxophone Quartet
2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire of composers from the Baroque to bebop periods and beyond. Open to 1 soprano, 1 alto, 1 tenor and 1 baritone saxophone.

PRF390
Contemporary Music Ensemble
Elective – 2 credits, 3 hours lab
Repertoire composed and performed exclusively by ensemble students, incorporating twentieth century composition techniques. Prerequisites: HAR390C or concurrent enrollment.

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