September 21, 2014
Hailed by the LA Times as “the next important jazz singer,” Sara is steeped in the jazz tradition but not afraid to embrace the music that moves her generation. The evening will include songs from her newest acclaimed CD, Blossom & Bee, an undeniable nod to the spirit of Blossom Dearie. saragazarek.com
“Gazarek balances fancy free notions, effervescence, carefree whims, fragile emotions, precocious pondering and humor in her work, making this a highly attractive outing as a whole.”
– Dan Bilawsky, All AboutJazz
Many jazz musicians draw a blank when confronted with diminished or whole-tone chords. Sure, you may know how to spell them, but it doesn’t sound like jazz! This workshop addresses all aspects of the two chords including chord theory, scale theory, the various functions of the two chords in jazz, four-notevoicings, and voice leading. Mark Levine also explores how jazz greats such as Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Barry Harris effortlessly used these much misunderstood chords.
Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson have been collaborating for ten years; composing, arranging, touring, recording and teaching. Recently cited as “one of the best modern-day piano/voice matches,” they discuss ideas related to vulnerability and strength in a duo setting and provide information on arranging, listening and getting to the heart of the lyric. Students should bring charts for two songs (three copies each) in the appropriate key to sing in the workshop. For more about Sara and Josh please see saragazarek.com/duo.
Author of The Jazz Theory Book, one of the world’s most widely used jazz theory texts, Mark Levine boils it all down to a single two-hour workshop! From the II-V-I progression through advanced harmonic techniques, scale theory and reharmonization. Bring music manuscript paper and a pencil.
Mark Levine is the author of The Jazz Piano Book, The Jazz Theory Book, and The Drop 2 Book. He has performed with Woody Shaw, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Henderson, Willie Bobo, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Cal Tjader, Wallace Roney, Tito Puente, Milt Jackson, David Liebman and many others.
September 20, 2014
Trumpeter and composer Ian Carey has been performing with his adventurous quintet for over ten years, and has released three acclaimed albums including last year’s Roads & Codes, which featured an expanded “+1″ format (and was included in Down Beat’s “Best of 2013″ issue). For this performance, the group will be premiering Carey’s “Interview Music: A Suite for Quintet+1,” made possible by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Musical Grant Program, as well as music from the group’s albums, including original compositions and arrangements of music by Charles Ives and Neil Young. Featuring Carey on trumpet, Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophone, Sheldon Brown on bass clarinet, Fred Randolph on bass, Adam Shulman on piano, and Jon Arkin on drums. iancareyjazz.com
September 19, 2014
Join these Bay Area jazz treasures for an afternoon of standards and originals. Featuring Dick Hindman on piano and Seward McCain on bass.
This concert has been made possible by a generous gift from Jacquelin and Sheafe Ewing.
September 14, 2014
Improvisation, or playing things that aren’t written on the page, is a key element in performing baroque music. Bay Area ensembles Les Violettes and Ensemble Vermillian team up for this concert of 17th and 18th century chamber music which highlights the spontaneous and performer-driven aspects of this gorgeous repertoire.Band Members and instruments. Featuring Corey Carleton, soprano; Frances Blaker, recorders; David Wilson, violin; Colin Shipman, viola da gamba; Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello; Violet Grgich, harpsichord.
The members of Les Violettes met while pursuing graduate studies at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University. Ensemble Vermillian, founded by recorder virtuoso Frances Blaker and her sister, cellist Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, has performed on both US coasts and has made numerous recordings of baroque chamber music.
Presented in partnership with the San Francisco Early Music Society
September 13, 2014
Composer, guitarist and vocalist Ian Faquini and flutist Rebecca Kleinmann release their first album together featuring all original music by Faquini. Ian utilizes a wide range of Brazilian rhythms and grooves while grasping strong melodic and harmonic influences from composers such as Bach, Ravel, Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Tom Jobim and Guinga.
A workshop covering approaches to constructing inversions, comping chords, left-hand voicings, two-hand voicings, and simple techniques for finding “cooler” chords more easily and without intense analysis. Lots of handouts! Student participation encouraged! Open to all.
Two-time Grammy-nominated pianist Taylor Eigsti recently released his 7th album as a leader, Daylight at Midnight, on Concord Records. The album features vocalist Becca Stevens, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Eric Harland. Eigsti has collaborated with a diverse range of musicians including Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, and Gretchen Parlato.
September 12, 2014
The sophistication and warm emotional power of Debbie Poryes’s music is hard to overstate. Her highly original compositions are influenced by jazz from bebop to post-bop to modern times, as well as by 20th-century classical music and free jazz. Her voicings, melodies and touch are exquisite. Her sense of time and swing are deeply felt, and yet she can also be light hearted. Featuring Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophones, Erik Jekabson on trumpet and flugelhorn, Peter Barshay on bass and Deszon Claiborne on drums. debbieporyes.com
“Poryes is an inventive pianist, taking familiar standards and setting them slightly askew to re-examine them. Poryes’ originals are varied in their moods and effects, serene… powerful… admirable.” – Cadence Magazine