June 9, 2013
Upper structure voicings are the spice added to the meat and potatoes of jazz piano voicings. From Bill Evans to contemporary master jazz players, they have become a staple in the jazz pianist’s bag. Students will use Chick Corea’s “Mirror, Mirror” as a workshop tune for applying various upper structure voicings.
This workshop covers piano comping techniques from Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk to the present. Mark discusses and demonstrates various styles, including those of Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and others.
Grammy-nominated pianist Mark Levine has played/recorded with Woody Shaw, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Henderson, Willie Bobo, Bobby Hutcherson, Moacir Santos, Freddie Hubbard, Cal Tjader, Wallace Roney, Tito Puente and many others. He is the author of The Jazz Piano Book, The Jazz Theory Book, and The Drop 2 Book, all of which have become widely-used jazz education texts in conservatories worldwide.
Having something unique and special to say, and saying it in one’s own way, with one’s own voice is the ultimate achievement in jazz. The dynamics we use in speaking are literally the same dynamics which allow us to communicate on a deep level and in a unique way in music.We’ll explore applying the dynamics of the voice – the dynamics of speech – to jazz improvisation and see how each of us can use these dynamics in our own unique way to develop a unique musical voice.All this will be discussed within a framework of jazz history, and we’ll also go into ideas about repertoire, practicing, traps and pitfalls which are intrinsic to the guitar itself, how to listen to jazz, the functioning of the rhythm section, etc. Examples will be demonstrated and, hopefully, workshop participants will participate as well – bring your instrument!
With 19 recordings as a leader with such jazz legends as Kenny Barron, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, Pepper Adams, Jimmy Knepper, Jack McDuff, Mickey Roker, and Al Harewood, Joshua Breakstone has established himself as one of the major jazz guitarists of our day. He is also the author of Jazz Etudes: Studies For The Beginning Improviser, a standard text at many colleges and universities, and has both performed and presented workshops throughout the world.
Pianist Dick Conte and friends celebrate his birthday in the Jazzschool’s annual benefit concert to support the Dick Conte Jazz Piano Scholarship Fund. Scholarship recipient announced at the concert! Featuring Steve Heckman, saxes; Steve Webber; bass; and Bill Moody, drums.
Michael Zilber and Erik Jekabson direct these DownBeat award-winning ensembles, comprised of advanced high school players from throughout the Bay Area. Both groups explore the post-bop harmonic, melodic, rhythmic and formal innovations of artists such as Coltrane, Shorter, Corea, Hancock and Brecker.
The Zilber-directed Workshop I features Scott Bell, trumpet; Cody Dear, alto sax; Sam Klein-Markman, guitar; Michael Orenstein, piano; Kanoa Mendenhall, bass; and Zev Shearn-Nance, drums.
The Jekabson-directed Workshop II features Liam Collins, alto sax; Michael Blasky, tenor sax; Hugo Shiboski, tenor sax; Nate Schwartz, guitar; Matthew Wong, piano; Max Schwartz, bass; Cy Grimsich, drums.