May 11, 2014
Trumpeter Billy Buss introduces contemporary improvisational techniques including motivic development, tonal magnetism, the use of pentatonics, hexatonics and hybrid scales, negative harmony, and a wealth of systematic approaches to implementation of these concepts into the practice routine. Recommended for all players interested in a range of post bop approaches to improvisation. A materials packet is provided including examples of the techniques. Prerequisites: basic to intermediate understanding of intervals, scales, chords, and functional harmony (how chords move and interact with each other). Intermediate to advanced technical ability on your instrument (pianists and guitarists must read chord changes and comp). Bring your instrument and music writing materials.
As a graduate from the Berklee College of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute, Billy Buss commands a thorough technical understanding of advanced jazz improvisation and composition. He is emerging as an in-demand performer and educator throughout the country, leading clinics, maintaining faculty positions in New York City and Boston, and touring with artists such as Deltron 3030, Alice Tan Ridley and Thelonious Monk Jr.
A workshop reviewing the fundamentals of music, including major scales, major scale harmony and the modes, and their use in improvisation. Students are given the opportunity to apply basic theoretical concepts to improvisation in class, including how to form musical phrases spontaneously as one would when taking a solo. A fun and supportive setting, laying the groundwork for the ongoing search for and development of one’s unique personal voice. Instrumentalists and vocalists of all levels welcome! Bring your instrument!
Tony Owen is a graduating senior at the California Jazz Conservatory. He is a professional guitarist specializing in a variety of styles of music and has performed throughout the Bay Area for the past eight years.
The California Jazz Conservatory presents end-of-semester performances by a variety of student ensembles. This final day in the concert series features Jazz Arranging for Small Ensemble, directed by Erik Jekabson, and Jazz Strings Chamber Ensemble, directed by Mads Tolling.
Jazz Arranging for Small Ensemble: Kevin Coleman on drums, Harrison Gold, with Erik Jekabson, Tristan Norton on bass, Maxime Stinnet on saxophones, Chris Sullivan on alto saxophone, Patrick Malabuyo on trombone.
Jazz Strings Chamber Ensemble: Heidi Raine on violin, Gael Alcock and Susanna Porte on cello, and Nick de Ryss on drums.