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August 3, 2014

JAZZ BASS LINES FOR NON-BASSISTS with Rob Ewing

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Jazz Bass Lines for Non-Bassists SUNDAY, August 3, 2 PM

A step-by-step approach to constructing effective walking bass lines over standard jazz harmony. Recommended for pianists, arrangers and anyone who would like to gain a better understanding of the function of the bass in the jazz rhythm section. Open to all, no bass playing experience required!

Trombonist and educator Rob Ewing is the director of the Jazzschool Community Music School. He actively works with several Bay Area jazz groups including the Marcus Shelby Orchestra and Disappear Incompletely — The Radiohead Project.

Start: August 3, 2014 2:00 pm
End: August 3, 2014 4:00 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 SUNDAY, 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

August 10, 2014

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

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

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

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 most out of each and every practice session.

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 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

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

September 28, 2014

LATIN PERCUSSION — CONGAS with Danilo Paiz

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Latin Percussion with Danilo Paiz SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 11:30 AM

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.

 


Start: September 28, 2014 11:30 am
End: September 28, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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