September 28, 2014
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
AMERICAN SONGBOOK COMPOSER SERIES — IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU: THE MUSIC OF JIMMY VAN HEUSEN with Maye Cavallaro – Part 1
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.
Learn the essential patterns and grooves for playing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha rhythms on conga drums. Instructor demonstrates proper technique, patterns and fills, providing ample feedback for students of all levels. Beginners will learn the basics, while more advanced players receive an assessment of their current technique and suggestions to enhance their playing.
September 27, 2014
This interactive workshop with critically acclaimed Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz is designed for students and teachers interested in spontaneous composition and structural manipulation over all kinds of musical and non-musical materials. Participants discuss, play, examine examples and analyze in detail the following topics: The importance of rhythm in improvisation, melodic and rhythmic motif development, real time composition applied to improvisation, and Afro-Cuban patterns in odd meters. Bring your instrument! (optional)
Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, Aruán considers himself “a curious person who loves music,” and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions. He has received a number of awards such as Doris Duke Impact Award (2014) Latin Jazz Corner’s Arranger of the Year (2011) for his contribution on the album, “El Cumbanchero” (Jazzheads 2011) by flutist Mark Weinstein; Best Jazz Interpretation, Festival de Jazz in Vic, Spain (2000); and Semifinalist, Jas Hennessy Piano Solo Competition, Montreux, Switzerland (2001).
September 21, 2014
Many jazz musicians draw a blank when confronted with diminished or whole-tone chords. Sure, you may know how to spell them, but it doesn’t sound like jazz! This workshop addresses all aspects of the two chords including chord theory, scale theory, the various functions of the two chords in jazz, four-notevoicings, and voice leading. Mark Levine also explores how jazz greats such as Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Barry Harris effortlessly used these much misunderstood chords.
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.
Author of The Jazz Theory Book, one of the world’s most widely used jazz theory texts, Mark Levine boils it all down to a single two-hour workshop! From the II-V-I progression through advanced harmonic techniques, scale theory and reharmonization. Bring music manuscript paper and a pencil.
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.
September 13, 2014
A workshop covering approaches to constructing inversions, comping chords, left-hand voicings, two-hand voicings, and simple techniques for finding “cooler” chords more easily and without intense analysis. Lots of handouts! Student participation encouraged! Open to all.
Two-time Grammy-nominated pianist Taylor Eigsti recently released his 7th album as a leader, Daylight at Midnight, on Concord Records. The album features vocalist Becca Stevens, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Eric Harland. Eigsti has collaborated with a diverse range of musicians including Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, and Gretchen Parlato.
September 7, 2014
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!
August 17, 2014
Using transcriptions from great guitarists, pianists and horn players, students review great lines for individual chords (from the major, minor, and dominant families) as well as for progressions (II-Vs and turnarounds). Examples will be analyzed to help understand the jazz language and how to relate these lines to existing scale and arpeggio patterns. Please bring your guitar! Suggested prerequisites: knowledge of major scales, basic arpeggios, some diatonic harmony knowledge, II-Vs and key centers.
Guitarist Jeff Massanari has performed with Kenny Washington, Pamela Rose, Wally Schnalle, Mary Wilson, Keely Smith, Kim Nalley and Denise Perrier. He has appeared at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Beijing Conservatory, Davies Symphony Hall, Stern Grove, SFJAZZ Center, Yoshi’s, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and Theatre Works.