April 6, 2014
Learn how to infuse your playing with New Orleans licks and grooves in this hands-on overview of New Orleans R&B piano style. Listening samples and info sheets will be provided on key players including Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Dr. John, Art Neville, Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Harry Connick, Jr. and Tom McDermott. Tricks of the trade are covered, with transcriptions, including Professor Longhair’s “rhumba-boogie” style, second-line (e.g., Mardi Gras in New Orleans), two-beat shuffle (a la Fats Domino), New Orleans 8-bar blues (e.g., Tipitina) and much more. Prerequisites: intermediate ability to read and play two-handed piano parts. No materials required.
Jennifer Jolly is a keyboardist specializing in New Orleans R&B, blues, boogie-woogie, African, Caribbean, R&B, funk, honky-tonk, rock, and other rhythmic styles. She teaches at the Jazzschool and the Cazadero Family Camp, and performs with Baba Ken & Kotoja, Zulu Spear, and Big B & His Snake Oil Saviors, among others.
This workshop offers an informal guided tour of the jazz scene — audio and video — that so richly blossomed before World War II. It isn’t an immersion in what younger jazz players “should” know from some ideological stance, but a way of offering experiences that players and singers might not discover on their own. A tenor player might find something in Dick Wilson, Herschel Evans or Cecil Scott; a singer might be astonished by Connee Boswell or George Thomas; a drummer might find revelation in the work of Sid Catlett. The workshop isn’t “jazz archaeology” — it will end with a visit to the last five years, with evidence that these “older styles” work very well in tandem with ideas one may have gleaned from Wayne Shorter or Betty Carter. All are welcome!
American songwriter Irving Berlin’s career spanned over 60 years. He was the composer of an estimated 1,500 songs, including 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films. Berlin is beloved by singers and instrumentalists alike for his straightforward lyrics and beautiful melodies. His hit compositions include “Blue Skies,” “Puttin’ On the Ritz,” “Heatwave,” “White Christmas,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” among others. 25 of Berlin’s songs reached the top of the charts and were re-recorded by dozens of famous singers and instrumentalists over the years, such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Art Tatum. Students will be provided with 10 lead sheets of Berlin compositions. We will listen to various recordings, learn songs as a group and try out the songs with an accompanist in the final week. All levels welcome, including both singers and instrumentalists.
A warm, charismatic stage performer and accomplished musician, Maye Cavallaro has traveled extensively in Japan and the U.S., both performing and teaching. She has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Area at clubs such as Yoshi’s, The Great American Music Hall, The Plush Room, Sweetwater and Kimball’s.
Learn essential patterns and grooves for playing Salsa and Cha Cha Cha rhythms on timbales! Percussionist Omar Ledezma demonstrates proper technique and patterns, providing ample feedback for students of all levels. Beginners will learn the basics, while more advanced players receive an assessment of their current technique and suggestions to enhance their playing.
Omar Ledezma is one of the Bay Area’s most in-demand percussionists. He performs with many top Latin jazz and salsa groups including the Grammy- winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Omar is a Pearl Percussion artist.
Learn to effectively harmonize melodies and create arrangements for solo guitar in this hands-on workshop. Using his own arrangements as a guide, ace guitarist Jeff Massanari covers basic approaches to developing chord melodies using standard voicings and presents a range of techniques for creating richer and more complex arrangements. Topics covered include counterpoint, inner line movement, alternative voicings and reharmonization. Prerequisites: students should know basic 6th and 5th string root jazz chords (major 7th, -7b5) and have some ability to read music.
“I believe that one of the reasons I have stayed busy over the years is by being fairly comfortable with quite a few different styles. And I think that a dose of the groove, phrasing and commitment to one’s ideas required to play these other styles strongly enhances one’s jazz playing!”— Jeff Massanari
Warm and witty singer Leslie Tchaikovsky performs an evening of music by Porter, Weill, Jobim and original works in her debut solo concert. Featuring Leslie Tchaikovsky on vocals, Ross Gualco on piano, Jeff Neighbor on bass and Jack Dorsey on drums.
Leslie’s penchant for bursting into song as a child led to a house rule: no singing at the dinner table. Family and career, including 22 years as a federal judge, diverted her musical passions for several decades. But, when time permitted, the passion returned with a vengeance. Over twenty years ago, she began studying classical piano and a few years later attending a piano camp in Vermont. It was there she began singing again. This led to private singing lessons and classes at the Jazzschool. Leslie has performed numerous times at the Jazzschool classes, but this concert will be her first solo performance.
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”).