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February 8, 2015

DRUM SET TUNING & MAINTENANCE with Alan Hall

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Alan Hall SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 11:30 AM

The sound of your kit is equally, if not more important than the notes you play on it. This workshop addresses proper tuning, head combinations, muting and muffling techniques, hardware issues, quick fixes, and advances in new equipment. All participants are encouraged to bring a drum, a drum key and open ears!

Long-time Jazzschool faculty member Alan Hall has performed extensively in a wide range of styles with many top artists. He is also the author of Internalization, an innovative jazz drumming method book.

Start: February 8, 2015 11:30 am
End: February 8, 2015 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

INTRO TO FLAMENCO STYLE: SOLEA, FANDANGO & ALEGRIAS with Alex Conde Part 3

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Alex Conde SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18, 25, & FEBRUARY 8, 2 PM

An in-depth exploration of some of the most popular flamenco music “palos.” Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in learning the fundamentals of flamenco style. Learn some of the exotic chord voicings and rhythms to expand your musical vocabulary, in the tradition of Chick Corea, Miles Davis and many other jazz musicians who have drawn inspiration from this rich musical heritage. Material is explained with written examples in both piano score and lead sheet format.

Virtuoso pianist Alex Conde graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music and has extensive international performance and teaching experience in jazz and flamenco styles.

Start: February 8, 2015 2:00 pm
End: February 8, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

February 15, 2015

SECRETS OF GYPSY JAZZ GUITAR with Paul Mehling

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Paul Mehling SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 11:30 AM

This workshop focuses on various aspects of Gypsy jazz guitar in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Topics include rhythm, picking, scales, arpeggios, chords, soloing, and more. One-on-one evaluation is available to all attendees, with a directed jam at the conclusion of the workshop, time permitting. Bring your instrument, recording device (or paper and pencil) and questions!

Guitarist Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco.

Start: February 15, 2015 11:30 am
End: February 15, 2015 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

LATIN PERCUSSION — TIMBALES with Danilo Páiz

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

TIMBALES SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 11:30 AM

Master percussionist Danilo Páiz demonstrates patterns for playing salsa, merengue, songo, bomba, cha cha cha, and 6/8 rhythms on timbales. Focus is on proper technique, patterns, fills and accents. Attendees have the opportunity to practice these patterns and receive feedback and personal instruction. Beginners learn the basics, while intermediate to advanced students get an assessment of their current technique and tips to enhance their playing. Students are encouraged to bring their own timbales, but it’s not a requirement.

Start: February 15, 2015 11:30 am
End: February 15, 2015 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

NEW JAZZ PIANO VOICING STRUCTURES
with Eli Wallace

Eli Wallace • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2 PM

Eli Wallace SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2 PM

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: February 15, 2015 2:00 pm
End: February 15, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

THE METRONOME IS YOUR FRIEND with Paul Mehling

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Paul MehlingSUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2 PM

Returning with his popular workshop for musicians and singers of all levels, Mehling demonstrates a range of practice techniques making creative use of the metronome. Improve your productivity and increase your musicianship! Open to all.

Guitarist Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco.

Start: February 15, 2015 2:00 pm
End: February 15, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

February 21, 2015

SAXES* AND SINGERS (*AND OTHER HORNS) with Noel Jewkes

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Noel Jewkes SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 3:15 PM

What is the special dialogue that makes magic on the bandstand between the horn player and the vocalist? In this hands-on workshop, master reed player Noel Jewkes guides students in an exploration of the collaborative process between singers and horn players. He will play examples of successful pairings such as Billie Holiday and Lester Young, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, Houston Person and Etta Jones, and Denise Perrier and Houston Person. Students learn the art of the fill, the use of silence, adaptation to unusual keys, complimenting the singer, development of solo sequences, intros and outros, trading fours and scatting. Intermediate level recommended. Auditors welcome.

Jewkes is an original musician, a premier tenor saxophonist, and an alto, soprano, clarinet and flute player, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He plays a weekly gig with various singers from all around the Bay area, and has recorded with many fine vocalists, including Jackie Ryan, Mary Stallings, Wesla Whitfield, Jon Hendriks, and Paula West.

Start: February 21, 2015 3:15 pm
End: February 21, 2015 5:15 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

February 22, 2015

THE ART OF CHORD MELODY FOR GUITAR with Jeff Massanari

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Jeff Massanari SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 11:30 AM

Learn to effectively harmonize melodies and create arrangements for solo guitar in this hands-on workshop. Using his own arrangements as a guide, ace guitarist Jeff Massanari covers basic approaches to developing chord melodies using standard voicings and presents a range of techniques for creating richer and more complex arrangements. Topics covered include counterpoint, inner line movement, alternative voicings and reharmonization. Prerequisites: students should know basic 6th and 5th string root jazz chords (major 7th, -7b5) and have some ability to read music.

Jeff Massanari is a Bay Area-based guitarist who has studied at Berklee College of Music and performed with Mark Inouye and the San Francisco Symphony, Kenny Washington, Pamela Rose, Wally Schnalle, Mary Wilson, Keely Smith, Kim Nalley and Denise Perrier. Read more at jeffmassanari.com.

Start: February 22, 2015 11:30 am
End: February 22, 2015 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

ODDACIOUS DRUMMING with Alan Hall

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Alan Hall SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 11:30 AM

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Odd time signatures (5/4, 7/8, etc.) have been a part of jazz language for some time, and are increasingly encountered in funk, rock and pop. This workshop is geared toward drummers who are relatively new to this challenging and exciting musical universe. We start with simple, small groupings of 2 and 3 note patterns. From there we learn how to build these “cells” into larger groupings that can be utilized in groove and solo settings. Topics discussed include “the pendulum effect” and clave strategies. Some class time is dedicated to listening to recordings of prime examples of oddacious drumming at work.

Long-time Jazzschool faculty member Alan Hall has performed extensively in a wide range of styles with many top artists. He is also the author of Internalization, an innovative jazz drumming method book.

Start: February 22, 2015 11:30 am
End: February 22, 2015 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

MUSICIAN, SINGER, ARTIST, STORYTELLER
with Maye Cavallaro

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAYS, FEBRUARY 22, March 1, 8, 15 & 22, Noon

Why does one singer captivate, while others leave you flat? What do some singers do to engage the audience? How can we make our music a reflection of our unique experiences — and express our feelings in a musical context? This course develops our songs and our selves for a powerful, confident performance! Topics include choosing the right song; using various grooves, tempos and arrangements; learning and memorizing the melody and lyrics; phrasing; communicating with an accompanist; and stage presence. Weeks 2 through 3 include a professional accompanist, while the last two classes and performance include a full trio. For intermediate to advanced singers. Prerequisite: consultation with instructor.

5 Sundays, February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22

Start: February 22, 2015 12:00 pm
End: February 22, 2015 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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