May 4, 2014
New York-based Amy London leads singers through a series of warm-ups, based on her Open Body Method. Students prepare to sing along with legendary jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald’s three-octave range, smoothly and easily. Amy leads the group through one of Ella’s sterling scat solos, introducing a series of exercises based on Ella’s ideas. London demystifies what made Ella swing so hard, and improvise so expertly through the chord changes. A handbook of exercises, including the Ella scat solo transcription with scat syllables, is distributed for participants to take with them for further study of improvisation.
Amy London is well-established as a leading vocalist on the New York jazz scene. She has performed in the Broadway hit City of Angels and led her own groups in venues such as the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Small’s and many others. Amy appears on ten acclaimed recordings, including Let’s Fly, her 2011 Motema release. She is also in demand as a vocal coach at the New School.
This exciting workshop covers a range of techniques from various styles (blues, funk, fusion, rock, country) from two points of view. First, we explore the vocabularies, tones and techniques of these styles to enhance your ability to be a more diverse, in-demand guitarist. Then we’ll discuss the incorporation of these different styles into jazz — and the value of having a broad understanding of the guitar’s possibilities. Prerequisites: basic ability and some understanding of chords and scales.
Join Maye as she presents an afternoon of music featuring her favorite musicians and some of the songs she can’t forget. Featuring Ross Gualco on piano, John Hoy on guitar, Rich Girard on bass and David Rokeach on drums.
“In my imagination I always hear music playing. There are songs, pieces of songs, lyrics, and melodies. Some just breeze on through and others linger with me for awhile. Some reappear again and again at different times in my life. They have no consistent theme, except perhaps love, and getting along with others.” — Maye Cavallaro
Vocalist and song stylist Maye Cavallaro has been singing and teaching in the Bay Area for 3 decades. She has recorded three CDs and produced many others. Currently she is on faculty at the Jazzschool Community Music School and offers the mentoring program “Concert Preparation and Performance,” as well as “Composer Workshops” featuring songs from the American songbook. mzjazz.com
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”).