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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

AMERICAN SONGBOOK COMPOSER SERIES — IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU: THE MUSIC OF JIMMY VAN HEUSEN with Maye Cavallaro – Part 1

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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: September 28, 2014 12:00 pm
End: September 28, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

September 21, 2014

WORKING IN A DUO SETTING — AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP FOR VOCALISTS
with Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson

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Sara Gazarek SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 12 PM

Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson have been collaborating for ten years; composing, arranging, touring, recording and teaching. Recently cited as “one of the best modern-day piano/voice matches,” they discuss ideas related to vulnerability and strength in a duo setting and provide information on arranging, listening and getting to the heart of the lyric. Students should bring charts for two songs (three copies each) in the appropriate key to sing in the workshop. For more about Sara and Josh please see saragazarek.com/duo.

Start: September 21, 2014 12:00 pm
End: September 21, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

September 7, 2014

JCMS Vocal Open House

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Vocal Open House SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 3 PM

Get to know our fantastic vocal instructors and learn all about the upcoming Fall Quarter courses. There will be food, drink and lots of opportunities to mingle and ask questions! Each instructor will be featured in a brief performance with a great band. The event concludes with our monthly Vocal Jam Session at 6pm, so please plan to stay on and jam! It’s a celebration of song and we invite curious singers to join us and learn more about our diverse vocal program. Open to all ages, levels and styles. Free and open to all!

 

Start: September 7, 2014 3:00 pm
End: September 7, 2014 6:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

August 17, 2014

UNSUNG GEMS FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK with Maye Cavallaro – Part 3

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAYS, AUGUST 3, 10 & 17, Noon

The Great American Songbook is a collection of tunes written from 1930 to 1950 and is a vital part of the repertoire of jazz musicians. While many songs by the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin are well known, there are countless other composers and lyricists whose songs are not performed as often. This 3-part workshop focuses on these less frequently performed pieces. Workshop time includes listening to recorded examples by jazz greats to develop ideas for new arrangements. Instructor Maye Cavallaro provides 10 lead sheets for songs including practice-backing tracks. An accompanist joins the group during the third session, for students to perform arrangement ideas.

Sundays, August 3, 10 & 17
Noon – 3pm including lunch break

Please see Part 1 to register

Start: August 17, 2014 12:00 pm
End: August 17, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

August 10, 2014

UNSUNG GEMS FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK with Maye Cavallaro – Part 2

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAYS, AUGUST 3, 10 & 17, Noon

The Great American Songbook is a collection of tunes written from 1930 to 1950 and is a vital part of the repertoire of jazz musicians. While many songs by the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin are well known, there are countless other composers and lyricists whose songs are not performed as often. This 3-part workshop focuses on these less frequently performed pieces. Workshop time includes listening to recorded examples by jazz greats to develop ideas for new arrangements. Instructor Maye Cavallaro provides 10 lead sheets for songs including practice-backing tracks. An accompanist joins the group during the third session, for students to perform arrangement ideas.

Sundays, August 3, 10 & 17
Noon – 3pm including lunch break

Please see Part 1 to register

Start: August 10, 2014 12:00 pm
End: August 10, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

August 3, 2014

UNSUNG GEMS FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK with Maye Cavallaro – Part 1

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAYS, AUGUST 3, 10 & 17, Noon

The Great American Songbook is a collection of tunes written from 1930 to 1950 and is a vital part of the repertoire of jazz musicians. While many songs by the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin are well known, there are countless other composers and lyricists whose songs are not performed as often. This 3-part workshop focuses on these less frequently performed pieces. Workshop time includes listening to recorded examples by jazz greats to develop ideas for new arrangements. Instructor Maye Cavallaro provides 10 lead sheets for songs including practice-backing tracks. An accompanist joins the group during the third session, for students to perform arrangement ideas.

 

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

July 27, 2014

THE SINGER’S TOOL BOX with Maye Cavallaro Part 2

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Maye Cavallaro • SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 26 – 27, Noon

Do you love to sing but are mystified as to how to communicate with other musicians? This workshop is for you! Topics covered include: vocal warm-ups; finding your range; choosing the appropriate key; writing a lead sheet; key signatures; basic notation; how to transpose; different grooves and feels; counting out tunes; common song forms and standards; building repertoire; defining your style; music notation software; organizing a gig book; how to prepare for open mics; and many more. No prerequisites, all are welcome!

2 Sundays, Noon – 3pm
July 26, July 27

Please see Part 1 to register

Start: July 27, 2014 12:00 pm
End: July 27, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

THE VOCAL IMMERSION SERIES – THE JAZZ VOCAL ARTIST with Kellye Gray Part 2

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Kellye Gray SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 26-27, 10 AM

In this 2-day immersion workshop with award-winning jazz singer Kellye Gray, mornings are about technique, word-play and games. Afternoons are about artistic development accompanied by a professional jazz pianist. Learn about leadership skills, such as counting in, how to listen, when to lead and when to follow, how to set up an ending and basic improvisation. All these skills combine to create style! See Kellye’s bio at kellyegray.com.

Saturday & Sunday, July 26-27
10am – 4pm including lunch break

Please see Part 1 to register

Start: July 27, 2014 10:00 am
End: July 27, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

July 26, 2014

THE SINGER’S TOOL BOX with Maye Cavallaro Part 1

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Maye Cavallaro • SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 26 – 27, Noon

Do you love to sing but are mystified as to how to communicate with other musicians? This workshop is for you! Topics covered include: vocal warm-ups; finding your range; choosing the appropriate key; writing a lead sheet; key signatures; basic notation; how to transpose; different grooves and feels; counting out tunes; common song forms and standards; building repertoire; defining your style; music notation software; organizing a gig book; how to prepare for open mics; and many more. No prerequisites, all are welcome!

2 Sundays, Noon – 3pm
July 26, July 27

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