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November 23, 2014

EXPLORING THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF SLAVERY AND SONG with Linda Tillery – Part 3

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Linda Tillery SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER 9, 16 & 23, 11 AM

Join Linda Tillery in a unique opportunity to learn, sing and feel the music that developed through the songs and rhythms of the African Diaspora. Participants learn African- American Spirituals, Field Hollers, Work Songs, Children’s Play Songs, Ring Shouts, Gospel and music from the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina. Series includes singing, hand clapping, stick pounding and some traditional dance. Video and audio recordings are also presented to stimulate in-depth discussions. There will be a lot of singing and the more people that attend, the more powerful the experience will be. Open to all levels.

Sundays,
November 9, 16 and 23
11am – 1pm
$150 advance • $165 day of workshop

Please note: Day 1 of this workshop has been changed from Nov 2. The first class meeting will take place on Sunday November 9.

Linda Tillery is a 47-year veteran vocalist, percussionist, Grammy-nominated producer, cultural historian and the founder and artistic director of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. She has conducted workshops with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, the MIT Concert Choir, Spelman College Concert Choir, Xarxa Gospel Choir (Barcelona), Muse Choir of Cincinnati and the Oakland Youth Chorus. She has taught classes at Stanford University, Williams College, Pacific School of Religion and the California Institute for Integral Studies. As a vocalist and percussionist, she has performed on over 75 recordings and has produced 15+ recordings.

 

Start: November 23, 2014 11:00 am
End: November 23, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

November 16, 2014

EXPLORING THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF SLAVERY AND SONG with Linda Tillery – Part 2

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Linda Tillery SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER 9, 16 & 23, 11 AM

Join Linda Tillery in a unique opportunity to learn, sing and feel the music that developed through the songs and rhythms of the African Diaspora. Participants learn African- American Spirituals, Field Hollers, Work Songs, Children’s Play Songs, Ring Shouts, Gospel and music from the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina. Series includes singing, hand clapping, stick pounding and some traditional dance. Video and audio recordings are also presented to stimulate in-depth discussions. There will be a lot of singing and the more people that attend, the more powerful the experience will be. Open to all levels.

Sundays,
November 9, 16 and 23
11am – 1pm
$150 advance • $165 day of workshop

Please note: Day 1 of this workshop has been changed from Nov 2. The first class meeting will take place on Sunday November 9.

Linda Tillery is a 47-year veteran vocalist, percussionist, Grammy-nominated producer, cultural historian and the founder and artistic director of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. She has conducted workshops with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, the MIT Concert Choir, Spelman College Concert Choir, Xarxa Gospel Choir (Barcelona), Muse Choir of Cincinnati and the Oakland Youth Chorus. She has taught classes at Stanford University, Williams College, Pacific School of Religion and the California Institute for Integral Studies. As a vocalist and percussionist, she has performed on over 75 recordings and has produced 15+ recordings.

 

Start: November 16, 2014 11:00 am
End: November 16, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

November 9, 2014

EXPLORING THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF SLAVERY AND SONG with Linda Tillery – Part 1

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Linda Tillery SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER 9, 16 & 23, 11 AM

Join Linda Tillery in a unique opportunity to learn, sing and feel the music that developed through the songs and rhythms of the African Diaspora. Participants learn African- American Spirituals, Field Hollers, Work Songs, Children’s Play Songs, Ring Shouts, Gospel and music from the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina. Series includes singing, hand clapping, stick pounding and some traditional dance. Video and audio recordings are also presented to stimulate in-depth discussions. There will be a lot of singing and the more people that attend, the more powerful the experience will be. Open to all levels.

Sundays,
November 9, 16 and 23
11am – 1pm
$150 advance • $165 day of workshop

Please note: Day 1 of this workshop has been changed from Nov 2. The first class meeting will take place on Sunday November 9.

Linda Tillery is a 47-year veteran vocalist, percussionist, Grammy-nominated producer, cultural historian and the founder and artistic director of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. She has conducted workshops with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, the MIT Concert Choir, Spelman College Concert Choir, Xarxa Gospel Choir (Barcelona), Muse Choir of Cincinnati and the Oakland Youth Chorus. She has taught classes at Stanford University, Williams College, Pacific School of Religion and the California Institute for Integral Studies. As a vocalist and percussionist, she has performed on over 75 recordings and has produced 15+ recordings.

Start: November 9, 2014 11:00 am
End: November 9, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

October 26, 2014

MUSICAL LIAISONS: BILLIE HOLIDAY AND LESTER YOUNG with Ellen Johnson & Don Braden

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Ellen Johnson SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 12 PM

Billie Holiday “Lady Day” and Lester Young “Prez” had one of the most special musical relationships in the history of jazz. From the late 1930s, the two made music together that transcended into a perfect dance, often anticipating the other’s movements before they happened. This workshop explores the rich repertoire that became famous as a result of their enigmatic relationship. This is an opportunity to sing and play through the songs and analyze what contributes to the success of a musical partnership. Students are provided with several lead sheets of the classic songs that Lady Day and Prez performed together. Open to both vocalists and instrumentalists.

Ellen Johnson is an accomplished vocalist, educator, lyricist and author of the biography, Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan (published by Rowman & Littlefield). She has performed and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Louie Bellson, Charles McPherson, Sheila Jordan, Don Braden and Roy McCurdy. Her newest release, “Form & formless,” features guitarists Larry Koonse and John Stowell.

Don Braden has toured the world leading his own ensembles, as a special guest, and as a sideman with greats such as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes and many others. He has composed music for everything from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings (including 18 CDs as a leader and over 80 as a sideman), film and television, and worked several years as composer for Bill Cosby. He is also a world renowned educator, having spent nearly two decades giving master classes at countless schools and universities, and running first class educational programs

Start: October 26, 2014 12:00 pm
End: October 26, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

October 19, 2014

CELTIC JAZZ (FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS & VOCALISTS) with Melanie O’Reilly & Frank Martin

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Frank Martin SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2 PM

Celtic jazz is part of an “ethno-jazz” movement currently developing in Europe and worldwide. In this unique workshop, instructors Melanie O’Reilly & Frank Martin illustrate the dialogue between the two great traditions of jazz and Irish traditional music, through songs and instrumentals. Tracing the basic elements of the roots of the rich and diverse Irish music tradition, they explore how uplifting Irish instrumental rhythms can be integrated into swing, jazz waltz and Latin rhythms, while also demonstrating how Irish “lilting” (Irish “mouth music”) can be developed and inspire vocal scat. Modal harmonic ideas are demonstrated, illustrating how modes such as Aolian, Dorian, Mixolydian, used in Irish music, can be woven into jazz themes. Finally, the bridging of the melodic tradition of Ireland with contemporary harmony and arrangements illustrating how this “fusion” brings a fresh, new and exciting collaboration — a true Atlantic bridge!

Sunday, October 19, 2 – 4pm
$40 advance • $55 day of workshop

Frank Martin has served as music director for Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin, appeared at Carnegie Hall with Sting, James Taylor and Elton John, and produced records for Al Jarreau, Turtle Island String Quartet, and Joey DeFrancesco. He has performed or recorded with John McLaughlin, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, and many others. See Frank’s bio at frankmartinproductions.com.

Melanie O’Reilly is recognized as one of Ireland’s international jazz ambassadors and celtic jazz pioneers. She tours extensively throughout the world and has become known and respected as a radio presenter/producer. See Melanie’s bio at melanieoreilly.com.

Start: October 19, 2014 2:00 pm
End: October 19, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

AMERICAN SONGBOOK COMPOSER WORKSHOP SERIES: INTERPRETING SONGS with Maye Cavallaro, Wesla Whitfield & Mike Greensill

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 12 PM

The American Songbook is a collection of popular music from Broadway and Hollywood musicals prevalent from the 1920s to 1960s. In this workshop we’ll explore how to express the themes of these timeless songs, including phrasing, dynamics and tone, tempos and how to sing a song so that it tells your own story. One month before the workshop, students will be given a choice of six songs, from which they will select two songs to work on. We’ll be joined by pianist and arranger Mike Greensill. Class limited to 6 performers but is open to auditors. Consultation required.

Sunday, October 19, noon – 3pm
$100 advance • $115 day of workshop, please call 510.845.5373 to register.
$50 for auditors, available online

Wesla Whitfield inhabits that indeterminate zone where jazz and cabaret meet. Trained in classical music and opera, Whitfield has toiled for more than three decades to become one of the most gifted performers breathing life into that exquisite body of Broadway tunes, movie songs and Hit Parade numbers. Working with pianist/ arranger Mike Greensill, the two released their 19th recording, “Message From the Man in the Moon.” More at weslawhitfield.com

Mike Greensill, in addition to his work with Wesla, has also had the pleasure of accompanying
such diverse talents as Rita Moreno, Margaret Whiting, Broadway stars Lillias White and Franc D’Ambrosio and jazz singers Madeline Eastman, Ann Hampton Callaway and Opie Bellas. In January 2014, Mike published his magnum opus, “Playing for Singers.” In it, he brings his many years of accompanying experience to bear in exploring the accompanist’s art as it applies to the performance of the “Great American Songbook.” Read more at mikegreensill.com

Start: October 19, 2014 12:00 pm
End: October 19, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

October 12, 2014

AMERICAN SONGBOOK COMPOSER SERIES — IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU: THE MUSIC OF JIMMY VAN HEUSEN with Maye Cavallaro – Part 3

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 5 & 12 Noon

In this workshop we’ll explore and sing the music of Jimmy Van Heusen, who penned more than 120 hit songs, such as: “Like Someone in Love,” “Come Fly With Me,” “All the Way,” and “My Kind of Town (Chicago).” We’ll also listen to how some jazz greats have interpreted these songs and get ideas for our own arrangements. Students are provided with 7 lead sheets for songs, including practice-backing tracks. In the final week, we’ll work with an accompanist and sing these songs, trying out our own arrangement ideas. Six students max!

Sunday, September 28, October 5,
October 12, noon – 3pm
$250 advance • $265 day of workshop

Please call 510.845.5373 to inquire about this workshop.

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. She is an instructor at the Jazzschool and a mentor for the Vocal Mentor Program. She teaches performance classes and an ongoing composer workshop series as well as maintaining an active performing schedule. Read more at mzjazz.com.

Start: October 12, 2014 12:00 pm
End: October 12, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

October 5, 2014

SO YOU WANNA WRITE A SONG! with Kenneth Helman – CANCELLED

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Kenneth Helman SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 5 & 12, 1 PM

In this exciting three-session workshop, students collaborate in writing one song together. From choosing a subject, to writing a lyric, creating a melody, rhythmic foundation and harmonic structure, students learn the process of how songs are formed and the various choices available. By the end of the workshop participants know how to develop a song so it creates an interesting journey from start to finish.

Sundays, September 28,
October 5 and 12, 1pm – 4pm
$165 advance • $180 day of workshop
Please call 510.845.5373 to register for this workshop.

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. Learn more at kenhelman.com

Start: October 5, 2014 1:00 pm
End: October 5, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

AMERICAN SONGBOOK COMPOSER SERIES — IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU: THE MUSIC OF JIMMY VAN HEUSEN with Maye Cavallaro – Part 2

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 5 & 12 Noon

In this workshop we’ll explore and sing the music of Jimmy Van Heusen, who penned more than 120 hit songs, such as: “Like Someone in Love,” “Come Fly With Me,” “All the Way,” and “My Kind of Town (Chicago).” We’ll also listen to how some jazz greats have interpreted these songs and get ideas for our own arrangements. Students are provided with 7 lead sheets for songs, including practice-backing tracks. In the final week, we’ll work with an accompanist and sing these songs, trying out our own arrangement ideas. Six students max!

Sunday, September 28, October 5,
October 12, noon – 3pm
$250 advance • $265 day of workshop

Please call 510.845.5373 to inquire about this workshop.

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. She is an instructor at the Jazzschool and a mentor for the Vocal Mentor Program. She teaches performance classes and an ongoing composer workshop series as well as maintaining an active performing schedule. Read more at mzjazz.com.

Start: October 5, 2014 12:00 pm
End: October 5, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

September 28, 2014

SO YOU WANNA WRITE A SONG! with Kenneth Helman – CANCELLED

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Kenneth Helman SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 5 & 12, 1 PM

In this exciting three-session workshop, students collaborate in writing one song together. From choosing a subject, to writing a lyric, creating a melody, rhythmic foundation and harmonic structure, students learn the process of how songs are formed and the various choices available. By the end of the workshop participants know how to develop a song so it creates an interesting journey from start to finish.

Sundays, September 28,
October 5 and 12, 1pm – 4pm
$165 advance • $180 day of workshop
Please call 510.845.5373 to register for this workshop.

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. Learn more at kenhelman.com

Start: September 28, 2014 1:00 pm
End: September 28, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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