March 2, 2014
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 Mulgrew Miller.
The ace guitarist delves into the art of tasteful and effective rock and funk rhythm guitar! These principles apply to multiple genres from jazz fusion to R&B, reggae, ska, hip hop, metal and more. Open to all.
Based on the teachings of his mentor and jazz icon Art Farmer, trumpeter Dmitri Matheny presents a lyrical, melodic approach to jazz improvisation. He explores the mental processes that take place while playing a jazz solo and the skills required for true improvisation. With an emphasis on deep listening and jazz-as-conversation, the workshop outlines the elements of music from the soloist’s perspective (melody, harmony, rhythm, tone, timbre and form), and why the melody should be your guide when improvising. Matheny explains how to spontaneously create your own melodies and develop them in real time through a series of simple or complex harmonic changes. He provides recorded examples, demonstrates specific techniques on his horn, and shares relevant anecdotes, while discussing the importance of your own personal sound. For all improvisers.
Recognized for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, Dmitri Matheny has been hailed as “the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione” (San Jose Mercury News). Emerging in the 1990s as a protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” (SF Chronicle), touring internationally and releasing nine critically acclaimed albums. He is an honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and the Berklee College of Music.
Upper structure voicings are the spice added to the meat and potatoes of jazz piano voicings. From Bill Evans to Herbie Hancock, they have become a staple in the jazz pianist’s bag. Students will use Chick Corea’s “Mirror, Mirror” as a workshop tune to study and apply these important techniques.
Pianist and composer Anne Sajdera’s newest ensemble project presents beautiful contemporary arrangements of American and Brazilian jazz standards. Featuring Anne Sajdera on piano, Harvey Wainapel on saxophone, Peter Barshay on bass, Greg German on drums and special guests Erik Jekabson on trumpet, John Douglas on saxophone, Adam Theis on trombone, Joyce Lee on violin, Christina Simpson on viola and Ariella Hyman on cello.
Pianist and composer Anne Sajdera has long been an invaluable part of the San Francisco Bay Area Brazilian music scene—as leader of her own trio and performing with artists such as Alexa Weber Morales and Sandy Cressman. Her outstanding debut Azul (JAZZIZ Magazine 2012 Top Ten Critic’s Poll, Latin Jazz Corner Great Latin Jazz Albums from 2012, number 5 for best new talent 2012 Jazz Station blog), released by her label (Bijuri Records) and co-produced by Ray Obiedo, highlights her exquisite touch, rhythmic acuity, and melodic resourcefulness. In addition to the roots of American and Brazilian jazz, Sajdera brings European and Hindustani classical training to the compositional table to create a unique musical tapestry.