February 23, 2014
Author of The Jazz Theory Book, one of the world’s most widely used jazz theory texts, Mark Levine boils it all down to a single two-hour workshop! From the II-V-I progression through advanced harmonic techniques, scale theory and reharmonization. Bring music manuscript paper and a pencil.
Sunday, February 23, 11am – 1 pm
$30 advance • $45 day of workshop
Unleash your imagination in a fun, supportive and interactive environment using free vocal improvisation. With simple exercises that incorporate music, sound, language, movement, and rhythm you’ll learn to be spontaneous and inventive. Improvisation teaches you how to stay in the moment, adapt quickly and improve problem solving, communication and teamwork. These skills can reduce inhibition and crank up creativity! Open to singers and instrumentalists of all levels.
Grammy-nominated pianist and educator Mark Levine shows how to create effective jazz piano arrangements using 4th chords, upper structures, the “So What” chord, the “Kenny Barron” and “Herbie Hancock” chords, and rootless left-hand voicings. Mark has created a “voicing menu” to facilitate matching the melody note at any given point with the best possible piano voicing. Students use “Alice in Wonderland” as a workshop song.
Mark Levine is the author of The Jazz Piano Book, The Jazz Theory Book, and The Drop 2 Book. He has performed with Woody Shaw, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Henderson, Willie Bobo, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Cal Tjader, Wallace Roney, Tito Puente, Milt Jackson, David Liebman and many others.
Song has been an integral component of Black Americans’ struggle for freedom, from coded Negro spirituals during slavery, to the explicit demands of the Civil Rights protest songs. Black Freedom songs have not only shaped modern American music across every genre, they have also been adopted throughout the world by countless peoples in their own quests for freedom; protesters from the Chicano Movement to the Egyptian Revolution can be heard singing these Black Freedom songs.
Kim Nalley, widely acclaimed jazz vocalist and doctoral student in American cultural history at UC Berkeley presents this concert-lecture on Black Freedom songs hot on the heels of her performance at the Martin Luther King Institute’s 50 year commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington of which Kim Nalley was also the musical director. Joining her will be Tammy Hall on the piano, Marcus Shelby on the bass and Kent Bryson on the drums. Repertoire will include, songs from slavery, hymns, spirituals, jazz, blues, R&B, folk and acapella songs from the Civil Rights Era such as the ones performed by the SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) Freedom Singers such as “We Shall Overcome.” Audience participation is highly encouraged.
In August Kim performed at Palo Alto’s “Let Freedom Ring” celebration at City Hall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Check out this quick clip of Kim singing “Free At Last”.
A “Dream” Celebration
The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.