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October 5, 2014

SO YOU WANNA WRITE A SONG! with Kenneth Helman – CANCELLED

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Kenneth Helman SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 5 & 12, 1 PM

In this exciting three-session workshop, students collaborate in writing one song together. From choosing a subject, to writing a lyric, creating a melody, rhythmic foundation and harmonic structure, students learn the process of how songs are formed and the various choices available. By the end of the workshop participants know how to develop a song so it creates an interesting journey from start to finish.

Sundays, September 28,
October 5 and 12, 1pm – 4pm
$165 advance • $180 day of workshop
Please call 510.845.5373 to register for this workshop.

Kenneth Helman is a classically trained pianist, singer and composer who graduated from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins and did post-graduate fellowships at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and Tanglewood. Ken has appeared at major venues around the world and worked extensively with artists including Sting, Jessye Norman, Harvey Fierstein, Han-Na Chang and Elton John. Learn more at kenhelman.com

Start: October 5, 2014 1:00 pm
End: October 5, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

PRACTICE MAKES PROFICIENT: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR TIME AT THE PIANO with Helen Sung

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Helen Sung  • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2 PM

While there are no shortcuts to mastering an instrument like the piano, the journey can be much more fun when one learns how to maximize practice time. Concepts discussed include consistency, creating engaging routines, and what/how to practice. Sung’s workshop helps students, from beginning to advanced, (re)discover the joy of smart and creative practicing.

Classically-trained, now turned jazz, pianist/ composer Helen Sung shares important lessons she learned as an aspiring classical and jazz piano student. Winner Mary Lou Williams jazz piano competition. Performances with Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Steve Turre, Wayne Shorter.

Start: October 5, 2014 2:00 pm
End: October 5, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

October 11, 2014

ADVANCED RHYTHMIC PHRASING with Jon Arkin Day 2

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Jon Arkin SATURDAYS, OCTOBER 4 & 11, 3:15 PM

One of the challenges many musicians encounter in improvisation is in learning how to free up their rhythmic phrasing. This two-part workshop provides concepts and exercises to help you move beyond the usual tendencies in 4/4 and 3/4 time, through the study of polyrhythm and polymeter. In the first session, written examples are provided for various rhythmic patterns (with an emphasis on learning how to count them), and an overview of how to superimpose these patterns over the most common meters and forms. The second session focuses on the application of these rhythms to music through playing & listening, as well as introducing a variety of advanced exercises, concepts & practice routines. This type of ear training is essential in developing recognition and comfort within the advanced rhythmic environment of modern music — and ultimately, enables new levels of expression and interaction in any musical context. Examples are shown on drum set, but all musicians who want to develop their rhythmic sense are welcome.

Saturdays, October 4 and 11, 3:15 – 5:15pm
$60 advance • $75 day of workshop
Please click here to register

Jon Arkin has performed and recorded with a wide range of musicians since receiving his degree from the University of Miami. Credits include Julian Lage, Wil Blades, Dayna Stephens and others.

Start: October 11, 2014 3:15 pm
End: October 11, 2014 5:15 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

October 12, 2014

AMERICAN SONGBOOK COMPOSER SERIES — IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU: THE MUSIC OF JIMMY VAN HEUSEN with Maye Cavallaro – Part 3

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 5 & 12 Noon

In this workshop we’ll explore and sing the music of Jimmy Van Heusen, who penned more than 120 hit songs, such as: “Like Someone in Love,” “Come Fly With Me,” “All the Way,” and “My Kind of Town (Chicago).” We’ll also listen to how some jazz greats have interpreted these songs and get ideas for our own arrangements. Students are provided with 7 lead sheets for songs, including practice-backing tracks. In the final week, we’ll work with an accompanist and sing these songs, trying out our own arrangement ideas. Six students max!

Sunday, September 28, October 5,
October 12, noon – 3pm
$250 advance • $265 day of workshop

Please call 510.845.5373 to inquire about this workshop.

A warm, charismatic stage performer and accomplished musician, Maye Cavallaro has traveled extensively in Japan and the U.S., both performing and teaching. She has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Area at clubs such as Yoshi’s, The Great American Music Hall, The Plush Room, Sweetwater and Kimball’s. She is an instructor at the Jazzschool and a mentor for the Vocal Mentor Program. She teaches performance classes and an ongoing composer workshop series as well as maintaining an active performing schedule. Read more at mzjazz.com.

Start: October 12, 2014 12:00 pm
End: October 12, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

THE IMPROVISOR’S SEMINAR with Clark Suprynowicz – Part 1

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The Improvisor’s Seminar • 3 SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 12, 19 & 26, 2 PM

This workshop series explains how to improvise with a lead-sheet using real world examples from solos by John Coltrane and others. It departs from the often-used approach of “see this chord, play this scale” and gets into the actual vocabulary of jazz in a way that is easily understood and accessible. Visiting musicians demonstrate some of the approaches under discussion, and students listen to audio recordings. No need to bring instruments to this seminar. Discussion topics include:

  • How to play on standards.
  • What it means to “play in a key.”
  • How to recognize the key you’re in, even if it’s not obvious.
  • How playing in a key, rather than from chord-to-chord, is part of the jazz tradition.
  • How to practice so all this gets more intuitive and more fun.

3 Sundays, 2 – 4pm
October 12, 19 and 26
$90 advance • $105 day of workshop

Clark Suprynowicz is a Bay Area composer and music teacher who has been faculty at the Crowden School, SF School of the Arts and the SF Conservatory (composition and musicianship). He’s had new work premiered by the Berkeley Opera, the Crucible, the Berkeley Symphony, and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble. As a bassist, he’s worked with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Art Lande, and Tom Waits. Clark runs the Berkeley Jazz Workshops, a forum for jazz musicians developing their skills that has been a fixture in Berkeley for more than thirty years.

Start: October 12, 2014 2:00 pm
End: October 12, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

October 18, 2014

NEW MODALITIES IN JAZZ COMPOSITION with Jason Levis – Part 1

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Jason Levis SATURDAYS, OCTOBER 18 & 25, 3:15 PM

This two-part lecture series focuses on strategies to expand your approach to jazz composition and improvisation by utilizing techniques from 21st Century classical composition, including orchestration techniques of the French spectralists, heterophonic practices of the post-war avant-garde, layering principles in new complexity, and extended techniques in musique concrète instrumentale.

PART ONE explores approaches to modal jazz using techniques from French spectralism. Employing simple tools such as instrumentation, register, and dynamics, we explore ways of varying timbre and harmonic color while retaining harmonic function. We also look at how this can be reflected in structures used for improvisation.

PART TWO discusses the use of counterpoint in modern jazz. We begin with a brief introduction to the basic principles of counterpoint and review examples from jazz repertoire by composers like Dave Holland and Henry Threadgill. Utilizing tools such as rhythmic independence, heterophony, and linear melodic layering, we explore ways to extend ensemble interplay in both written and improvised contexts.

Saturdays, October 18 and 25,
3:15 – 5:15pm
$60 advance • $75 day of workshop

Jason Levis holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Composition from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Music, Naropa University. He has produced, composed and arranged for, performed in, and released over twodozen records, bridging a multitude of musical styles. He is an active performer on the drum set in both art and popular music settings and has extensive national and international performance experience.

Start: October 18, 2014 3:15 pm
End: October 18, 2014 5:15 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

October 19, 2014

AMERICAN SONGBOOK COMPOSER WORKSHOP SERIES: INTERPRETING SONGS with Maye Cavallaro, Wesla Whitfield & Mike Greensill

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 12 PM

The American Songbook is a collection of popular music from Broadway and Hollywood musicals prevalent from the 1920s to 1960s. In this workshop we’ll explore how to express the themes of these timeless songs, including phrasing, dynamics and tone, tempos and how to sing a song so that it tells your own story. One month before the workshop, students will be given a choice of six songs, from which they will select two songs to work on. We’ll be joined by pianist and arranger Mike Greensill. Class limited to 6 performers but is open to auditors. Consultation required.

Sunday, October 19, noon – 3pm
$100 advance • $115 day of workshop, please call 510.845.5373 to register.
$50 for auditors, available online

Wesla Whitfield inhabits that indeterminate zone where jazz and cabaret meet. Trained in classical music and opera, Whitfield has toiled for more than three decades to become one of the most gifted performers breathing life into that exquisite body of Broadway tunes, movie songs and Hit Parade numbers. Working with pianist/ arranger Mike Greensill, the two released their 19th recording, “Message From the Man in the Moon.” More at weslawhitfield.com

Mike Greensill, in addition to his work with Wesla, has also had the pleasure of accompanying
such diverse talents as Rita Moreno, Margaret Whiting, Broadway stars Lillias White and Franc D’Ambrosio and jazz singers Madeline Eastman, Ann Hampton Callaway and Opie Bellas. In January 2014, Mike published his magnum opus, “Playing for Singers.” In it, he brings his many years of accompanying experience to bear in exploring the accompanist’s art as it applies to the performance of the “Great American Songbook.” Read more at mikegreensill.com

Start: October 19, 2014 12:00 pm
End: October 19, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

THE IMPROVISOR’S SEMINAR with Clark Suprynowicz – Part 2

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The Improvisor’s Seminar • 3 SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 12, 19 & 26, 2 PM

This workshop series explains how to improvise with a lead-sheet using real world examples from solos by John Coltrane and others. It departs from the often-used approach of “see this chord, play this scale” and gets into the actual vocabulary of jazz in a way that is easily understood and accessible. Visiting musicians demonstrate some of the approaches under discussion, and students listen to audio recordings. No need to bring instruments to this seminar. Discussion topics include:

  • How to play on standards.
  • What it means to “play in a key.”
  • How to recognize the key you’re in, even if it’s not obvious.
  • How playing in a key, rather than from chord-to-chord, is part of the jazz tradition.
  • How to practice so all this gets more intuitive and more fun.

3 Sundays, 2 – 4pm
October 12, 19 and 26
$90 advance • $105 day of workshop

Clark Suprynowicz is a Bay Area composer and music teacher who has been faculty at the Crowden School, SF School of the Arts and the SF Conservatory (composition and musicianship). He’s had new work premiered by the Berkeley Opera, the Crucible, the Berkeley Symphony, and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble. As a bassist, he’s worked with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Art Lande, and Tom Waits. Clark runs the Berkeley Jazz Workshops, a forum for jazz musicians developing their skills that has been a fixture in Berkeley for more than thirty years.

Start: October 19, 2014 2:00 pm
End: October 19, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

CELTIC JAZZ (FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS & VOCALISTS) with Melanie O’Reilly & Frank Martin

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Frank Martin SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2 PM

Celtic jazz is part of an “ethno-jazz” movement currently developing in Europe and worldwide. In this unique workshop, instructors Melanie O’Reilly & Frank Martin illustrate the dialogue between the two great traditions of jazz and Irish traditional music, through songs and instrumentals. Tracing the basic elements of the roots of the rich and diverse Irish music tradition, they explore how uplifting Irish instrumental rhythms can be integrated into swing, jazz waltz and Latin rhythms, while also demonstrating how Irish “lilting” (Irish “mouth music”) can be developed and inspire vocal scat. Modal harmonic ideas are demonstrated, illustrating how modes such as Aolian, Dorian, Mixolydian, used in Irish music, can be woven into jazz themes. Finally, the bridging of the melodic tradition of Ireland with contemporary harmony and arrangements illustrating how this “fusion” brings a fresh, new and exciting collaboration — a true Atlantic bridge!

Sunday, October 19, 2 – 4pm
$40 advance • $55 day of workshop

Frank Martin has served as music director for Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin, appeared at Carnegie Hall with Sting, James Taylor and Elton John, and produced records for Al Jarreau, Turtle Island String Quartet, and Joey DeFrancesco. He has performed or recorded with John McLaughlin, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, and many others. See Frank’s bio at frankmartinproductions.com.

Melanie O’Reilly is recognized as one of Ireland’s international jazz ambassadors and celtic jazz pioneers. She tours extensively throughout the world and has become known and respected as a radio presenter/producer. See Melanie’s bio at melanieoreilly.com.

Start: October 19, 2014 2:00 pm
End: October 19, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

October 25, 2014

NEW MODALITIES IN JAZZ COMPOSITION with Jason Levis – Part 2

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Jason Levis SATURDAYS, OCTOBER 18 & 25, 3:15 PM

This two-part lecture series focuses on strategies to expand your approach to jazz composition and improvisation by utilizing techniques from 21st Century classical composition, including orchestration techniques of the French spectralists, heterophonic practices of the post-war avant-garde, layering principles in new complexity, and extended techniques in musique concrète instrumentale.

PART ONE explores approaches to modal jazz using techniques from French spectralism. Employing simple tools such as instrumentation, register, and dynamics, we explore ways of varying timbre and harmonic color while retaining harmonic function. We also look at how this can be reflected in structures used for improvisation.

PART TWO discusses the use of counterpoint in modern jazz. We begin with a brief introduction to the basic principles of counterpoint and review examples from jazz repertoire by composers like Dave Holland and Henry Threadgill. Utilizing tools such as rhythmic independence, heterophony, and linear melodic layering, we explore ways to extend ensemble interplay in both written and improvised contexts.

Saturdays, October 18 and 25,
3:15 – 5:15pm
$60 advance • $75 day of workshop

Jason Levis holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Composition from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Music, Naropa University. He has produced, composed and arranged for, performed in, and released over twodozen records, bridging a multitude of musical styles. He is an active performer on the drum set in both art and popular music settings and has extensive national and international performance experience.

Start: October 25, 2014 3:15 pm
End: October 25, 2014 5:15 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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