November 1, 2014
The Kristen Strom Quartet presents a program of original, classic and contemporary jazz. A 20-year playing history enables these master improvisers to paint from a rich palette of musical colors. Their intuitive interplay can veer from gentle group dialogue to excitingly kinetic improvisation. Featuring Kristen Strom on saxophone and vocals, Scott Sorkin on guitar and John Shifflett on bass. kristenstrom.com
October 31, 2014
The annual Halloween concert is back, led by pianist Susan Muscarella and featuring Robb Fisher on bass and Jeff Marrs on drummer. Come for tricks AND treats!
October 26, 2014
The Jazzschool Community Music School Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.
Berkeley jazz singer Audrey Martin knows all about the power of a song to provide hope and spiritual sustenance in dark times. A rapidly emerging talent, she reveals a lifetime of hard-won wisdom with her captivating debut Living Room. Possessing impeccable taste and a gloriously warm and clear voice, Martin has cultivated a highly personal repertoire encompassing American Songbook gems and singer/songwriter treasures from Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and Abbey Lincoln. Featuring bassist John Shifflett, drummer Jason Lewis, saxophonist/flutist Mary Fettig and pianist/arranger Larry Dunlap, whose credits include Ernestine Anderson, Joe Williams, and Cleo Lane.
“Martin says a lot in subtle ways. Her delivery is gentle and emotive, measured and meaningful, and wholly connected to the spirit of each song.”— AllAboutJazz.com
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.
This workshop covers basic guitar chord shapes and progressions common in Brazilian music by examining the songs of great composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Baden Powell, Dorival Caymmi and others. The instructor also demonstrates essential Brazilian rhythms including bossa nova, samba, baiao, frevo, and toada. Prerequisites: Students should have some experience with basic chords and an interest in Brazilian music.
Ian Faquini is a Brazilian composer, guitarist, and singer. He has studied with many influential Brazilian musicians including Guinga, Marcus Tardelli, Lula Galvao, Chico Pinheiro and others. Ian teaches regularly at the California Brazil Camp.
Billie Holiday “Lady Day” and Lester Young “Prez” had one of the most special musical relationships in the history of jazz. From the late 1930s, the two made music together that transcended into a perfect dance, often anticipating the other’s movements before they happened. This workshop explores the rich repertoire that became famous as a result of their enigmatic relationship. This is an opportunity to sing and play through the songs and analyze what contributes to the success of a musical partnership. Students are provided with several lead sheets of the classic songs that Lady Day and Prez performed together. Open to both vocalists and instrumentalists.
Ellen Johnson is an accomplished vocalist, educator, lyricist and author of the biography, Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan (published by Rowman & Littlefield). She has performed and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Louie Bellson, Charles McPherson, Sheila Jordan, Don Braden and Roy McCurdy. Her newest release, “Form & formless,” features guitarists Larry Koonse and John Stowell.
Don Braden has toured the world leading his own ensembles, as a special guest, and as a sideman with greats such as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes and many others. He has composed music for everything from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings (including 18 CDs as a leader and over 80 as a sideman), film and television, and worked several years as composer for Bill Cosby. He is also a world renowned educator, having spent nearly two decades giving master classes at countless schools and universities, and running first class educational programs
Transcribing music from recordings is an essential practice with many benefits for aspiring musicians. In this workshop, students are introduced both to traditional transcription techniques as well as the various notation and playback computer programs now available. Instructor demonstrates techniques using Sibelius notation software and Transcribe!, an inexpensive software program which allows you to loop and adjust the speed and EQ of selected recordings for transcription purposes.
Bay Area pianist Bob Karty is well known for his work with several top Brazilian and Latin jazz musicians including Ray Obiedo and Pete Escovedo. He is a founding member of Orquesta La Moderna Tradición and teaches jazz and salsa piano.
October 25, 2014
Jeff Chambers presents Beyond Standard Jazz, a sextet performing music that soars outside of the traditional repertoire, covering composers ranging from Chick Corea, Yes and El Eco to today’s Grammy winning songwriter Gregory Porter.
Chambers works as bassist and Musical Director for the group which includes vocalist Mary Jenson, pianist Steve Carter, drummer Rob Rhodes, percussionist Marquinho Brasil and reeds player Melecio Magdaluyo. beyondstandardjazz.com
October 24, 2014
Join Laurie and her band as they present new material for their next project as well as some of the “hits” from their recently released “Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light” – The Music of Joni Mitchell. The band is Matt Clark on piano, John Shifflett on bass, Jason Lewis on drums and Dave MacNab on guitar. laurieantonioli.com
“…two attempts to make Joni Mitchell’s music anew have been hugely successful. The first is Herbie Hancock’s partly instrumental one, River: The Joni Letters and now the amazing recording by the ineffable Laurie Antonioli – Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light.” – Raul Da Gama