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Soul Town – Classic Rhythm & Blues


If you’re a fan of classic R & B, this class is for you. Sing your favorite solo and ensemble songs from the 60’s and early 70’s. Learn songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Roberta Flack, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Sly & The Family Stone and male vocal groups such as The Temptations and The O’Jays. If center stage is not your thing, you can develop your background singing chops. Students are encouraged to bring in sheet music of their favorite songs in the appropriate key. Focus areas: roots of soul music, proper song and key selection, melodic phrasing, improvisation, harmonizing, band leading tips, preparation for live performance. The instructor will accompany this class each week. A rhythm section will be added for performances.

Thursdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
4/6 – 6/8 (10 weeks)
Janice Maxie Reid • $425


Janice Maxie Reid (voice)

Alumnus and 26-year faculty UCB Young Musicians Program; studied vocal arts, music education at USC School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Jane Sharp, Bill Bell, Phil Reeder, Helen Stephens. International and national performer, keyboardist, vocalist, performance coach, music educator; bandleader, recording artist, adjudicator and clinician; specializing in classical, jazz, gospel, pop, R&B. Currently, CJC choral director of Women’s and Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp; Keyboardist and Music Director for multi-GRAMMY winner and Santana veteran vocalist Tony Lindsay; Carlos Reyes; vocal coach at Stanford University Has performed with Sting, Narada Michael Walden, George Duke, Lenny Williams, Earl Klugh, Rodney Franklin. janicemaxiereid.com


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— Luis Rojas