May 18, 2014
Jazz pianists from Art Tatum through Mulgrew Miller have played “Drop 2,” a technique that creates rich harmonies using a maximum of four notes. Grammy-nominated pianist and educator Mark Levine demonstrates, explains, and shows you how to get started with incorporating Drop 2 techniques into your playing.
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.
This workshop covers basic guitar chord shapes and progressions common in Brazilian music by examining the songs of great composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Baden Powell, Dorival Caymmi and others. The instructor also demonstrates essential Brazilian rhythms including bossa nova, samba, baiao, frevo, and toada. Prerequisites: Students should have some experience with basic chords and an interest in Brazilian music.
Ian Faquini is a Brazilian composer, guitarist, and singer. He has studied with many influential Brazilian musicians including Guinga, Marcus Tardelli, Lula Galvao, Chico Pinheiro and others. Ian teaches regularly at the California Brazil Camp.
Blues and rhythm changes continue to be the most commonly played chord progressions in jazz, largely because they are both highly pliable forms open to reinterpretation. In this engaging workshop, Mark Levine guides students through basic, intermediate and advanced concepts covering the various chord changes that are played, voicings great pianists use, solo ideas, blues waltzes, blues with different changes, alternate rhythm changes and much more.
In this exciting three-session workshop, students will collaborate in writing one song together. From choosing a subject, to writing a lyric, creating a melody, a rhythmic foundation and a harmonic structure, you will learn the process of how a song is formed and the various choices available. By the end of the workshop students know how to develop a song so it creates an interesting journey from start to finish.
Kenneth Helman is a classically trained pianist, singer and composer who graduated from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins and did post-graduate fellowships at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and Tanglewood. Ken has appeared at major venues around the world and worked extensively with artists including Sting, Jessye Norman, Harvey Fierstein, Han-Na Chang and Elton John.
This afternoon concert is a celebration of Laurie’s unique repertoire and original music. The afternoon will feature a variety of material from her soon to be released Joni Mitchell project, “Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light” as well as material from past recordings, some new gems and some hidden gems. Featuring Sheldon Brown on saxophone and clarinet, Dave MacNab on guitar, John Shifflett on bass and Jason Lewis on drums.
“It is not hyperbole to say that Laurie Antonioli is emerging as the most important vocalist, let alone jazz vocalist, this decade. Let us hope for much more music from this brilliant constellation in the west.”
— Michael Baily, All About Jazz