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.
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
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.
August 16, 2014
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.
August 10, 2014
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.