July 14, 2013
The Great American Songbook is a collection of tunes written from 1930 to 1950 and is a vital part of the repertoire of jazz musicians. While many songs by the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin are well known, there are countless other composers and lyricists whose songs are not performed as often. This 3-part workshop focuses on these less frequently performed pieces.
Workshop time includes listening to re–corded examples by jazz greats to develop ideas for new arrangements. Instructor Maye Cavallaro provides 10 lead sheets for songs including practice-backing tracks. An accompanist joins the group during the third session, for students to perform arrangement ideas.
A hands-on masterclass on the art of playing solo jazz piano. Participants play for each other and receive feedback from the instructor. Topics covered include: left hand techniques (walking bass lines, comping), developing the ability to play convincingly in various styles, harmonic options (playing “in” and “out,” chord substitutions, diminished harmony), melodic interpretation and more.
Dan Zemelman is a leading Bay Area-based jazz pianist, composer and teacher. He has performed throughout the U.S. with Marcus Shelby, Richard Davis, Mads Tolling and others, in addition to leading his own trio
Discussion and demonstration of the technical and emotional components of blues musicianship as a basic precept for effective performance across genres, from blues and gospel to jazz and beyond. For musicians interested in developing their groove and expression. Also for non-musicians interested in developing a deeper appreciation for the inner workings of the blues and the poignant human feelings found in all soul music. Musicians, bring your instruments!
Directed by Rick Estrin, blues harmonica virtuoso and Alligator recording artist, with organizational support from Buddy Akacic.
New York-based composer and trombonist Andy Clausen presents his “Wishbone Project,” touring in support of their recent release on Seattle’s Table & Chairs label. The five piece chamber ensemble of clarinet, accordion, trombone, piano and drums creates “an alluring, whimsical, and just-plain-cool mix of jazz, classical, and experimental music. Challenging music that doesn’t shy away from also being pretty.” – Dave Sumner, eMusic
An active bandleader since the age of 14, Clausen, now 20, has already released two albums of original music. The New York Times has described his work as “sleek, dynamic large-group jazz, a whirl of dark-hued harmony and billowing rhythm…The intelligent sheen of Mr. Clausen’s writing was as striking as the composure of his peers…It was impressive, and not just by the yardstick of their age.”
Featuring Andy Clausen, trombone; Aaron Otheim, accordion; Ivan Arteaga, clarinet; Gus Carns, piano; and Chris Icasiano, drums.
With an opening solo set by multi-reed player Steven Lugerner.
The Jazzschool 2013 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi.
Take the stage and sing the blues with a killer band! Hosted by acclaimed vocalist Pamela Rose, this special Jazzschool vocal jam session is open to all singers. Please arrive by 6:30 to sign up to sing. No charts needed, but singers should be prepared to explain the form of their song in a few words (e.g. “12-bar blues in the key of F, shuffle”).
Pamela Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist and educator who thrills audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. Rose is that rare breed of entertainer who connects solidly with her audience by always delivering a personal and unforgettable musical experience. Pamela’s Blues Vocal Workshops at the Jazzschool are always filled to the brim, and she loves teaching singers how to sit in with blues bands!
About the band:
Garth Webber is a legendary blues guitarist. He has toured and performed with Gregg Allman, Bill Champlin, Lydia Pense, Pamela Rose, Robben and Mark Ford, Miles Davis and Mose Allison, among others.
Chicago born Willie Riser is the first call bassist for touring blues legends Otis Clay, Carla Thomas, Lady Bianca, Frank Biner, Jules Broussard, Jackie Payne, & Ernie Johnson.
Drummer Rob Rhodes is a regular Jazzschool Blues Vocal Funshop accompanist, and has performed with Ledisi, Mary Wilson, Ed Kelly, Roy Obiedo, Denise Perrier and Faye Carol.