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September 13, 2014

COOLER CHORDS! with Taylor Eigsti

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Taylor Eigsti SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 11 AM

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.

Start: September 13, 2014 11:00 am
End: September 13, 2014 1:00 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

JAZZ LINES FOR GUITAR with Jeff Massanari

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Jeff Massanari SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2 PM

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.

 

Start: August 17, 2014 2:00 pm
End: August 17, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

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

INTRO TO PANDEIRO with Ami Molinelli Part 2

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Ami Molinelli SUNDAYS, JULY 13 & AUGUST 17, 11:30 AM

Percussionist Ami Molinelli discusses pandeiro technique, styles and rhythms from northeast Brazil, in addition to choro and samba. The workshop includes a detailed presentation on what rhythms to use with each style of music and also covers secondary Brazilian percussion including caxixi, triangles, tamborims and more. Pandeiros and other percussion instruments provided for those who don’t have them. No experience necessary!

2 Sundays, 11:30am – 1:30pm
July 13, August 17

Ami Molinelli is a percussionist and educator specializing in Brazilian and Latin percussion, especially the pandeiro. She is the co-leader of the Brazilian choro and jazz ensemble, Grupo Falso Baiano. Ami received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and is endorsed by LP (Latin Percussion)
and Rhythm Tech. Her credits include theater, television, recording and live performances with artists such as Luciana Souza, Jovino Santos-Neto, Mike Patton, George Duke, Nilson Matta, Katia Moraes, The LA Choro Ensemble, Bossalicious and the LA Symphony Orchestra.

Start: August 17, 2014 11:30 am
End: August 17, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

August 16, 2014

BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN BOP with Chris Sullivan

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Chris Sullivan SATURDAY,  AUGUST 16, 3:15 PM

The tools necessary to play bebop at a high level make learning this style of jazz beneficial to musicians of all levels and genres. The instructor provides a detailed practice curriculum for students interested in improving their ability to play bebop, and discusses effective techniques to ensure students get the most out of each and every practice session.

Saxophonist Chris Sullivan is a senior at the California Jazz Conservatory.

This workshop is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.

Start: August 16, 2014 3:15 pm
End: August 16, 2014 5:15 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

August 10, 2014

NOT JUST TECHNIQUE with Dave Scott

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Dave Scott SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2 PM

As jazz musicians, there is no end to our quest for technical perfection. Everybody wishes they had “better chops” and this means we all feel some degree of technical limitation. So how do we still play a strong solo? Dave Scott leads this hands-on workshop to shed light on what really makes for a “good” solo. The best soloists don’t always have the most technical skill and Dave explores some of the less technical aspects of playing that are also important to becoming the most effective performers we can be. Please bring your instrument.

Trumpeter Dave Scott has toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, TOTO, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, the Realistic Orchestra, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Brass Monkey Brass Band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Dave Scott Jazz Quartet. In the classical realm, he has recorded or performed with the Honolulu Symphony, the Napa Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the San Francisco Sinfonietta Orchestra.

 

Start: August 10, 2014 2:00 pm
End: August 10, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

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

NEW JAZZ PIANO VOICING STRUCTURES with Eli Wallace

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New Jazz Piano Voicing Structures SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 11:30 AM

Give your piano chord voicings an intriguing and individual sound. Eli Wallace presents an uncommon approach to constructing piano chord voicings, using specific intervals and fingerings. Students learn to play II-V-Is with these structures, using left hand and two-hand voicings. Participants can use these tools to play chords befitting of their own style, whether they want to emulate Herbie Hancock or Olivier Messiaen. Students will play during the workshop and are given handouts to practice these structures on their own. Open to all.

Pianist and composer Eli Wallace graduated with a Master’s degree from New England Conservatory, where he studied with Frank Carlberg, Ken Schaphorst, Jerry Bergonzi and Jason Moran. Since then he’s been deeply engaged in the Bay Area creative music scene, playing in such groups as Karl Evangelista’s Ai-Ai, and Bill Noertker’s Moxie, in addition to leading his own projects. As a composer he’s received commissions to write for chamber orchestra, jazz big band, solo piano and dance performances.

 

Start: August 10, 2014 11:30 am
End: August 10, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

August 9, 2014

CONGA, BONGÓ & CHÉKERE DEMO with John Santos

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John Santos SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 3:15 PM

A clinic and demonstration in technique and expression on these important Afro-Cuban percussion instruments. John Santos provides historical background, performs and takes questions from participants in this fun and enlightening workshop. His perspective is unique as a historian, teacher and producer with over 40 years of professional experience in the realm of Latin jazz. For all levels.

Five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos has performed or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Santana, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Steve Turre, Bobby Hutcherson, Lalo Schifrin, James Moody, The Latin Giants of Jazz, Omar Sosa, Buena Vista Social Club, Batacum-bele, Lázaro Ros, Francisco Aguabella, Armando Peraza, El Conjunto de Clave y Guaguancó, John Faddis and Mark Murphy, among others. This workshop is co-sponsored by Remo drumheads.

Start: August 9, 2014 3:15 pm
End: August 9, 2014 5:15 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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