August 17, 2014
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
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.
September 28, 2014
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.