October 10, 2014
Celebrating the release of her highly anticipated book Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan, Ellen Johnson performs in dedication to her musical mentors. Johnson will present selections from her soon-to-be-released album Form & Formless, along with free improvisations that are the centerpiece of the project. Featuring Jason Martineau on piano, Peter Barshay on bass, and Bryan Bowman on drums. A limited number of signed copies of the book Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan will be available at the concert.
“While other singers are rehashing the great American songbook, Johnson is putting it through the meat grinder and creating a whole new menu.” – George Harris, All About Jazz
October 5, 2014
Take the stage and sing the blues with a killer band! Hosted by acclaimed vocalist Pamela Rose, this special Jazzschool vocal jam session is open to all singers. Please arrive by 6:30 to sign up to sing. No charts needed, but singers should be prepared to explain the form of their song in a few words (e.g. “12-bar blues in the key of F, shuffle”).
Pianist Art Lande and saxophonist Peter Sommer make for a powerful duo, presenting a set of original compositions, special arrangements of standards, and open improvisations in a language that is both unique and dynamic. Their album Sioux County has been rapturously received worldwide. Sommer’s strong sound, prodigious technique and lyrical sense combine with Lande’s unpredictable accents and color shifts to make a music somehow familiar and freshly original at the same time.
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.
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
AMERICAN SONGBOOK COMPOSER SERIES — IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU: THE MUSIC OF JIMMY VAN HEUSEN with Maye Cavallaro – Part 2
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.
This workshop is for all musicians who are curious about the possibilities of the duo and for duos that already exist that would like to refresh their concept. Please bring instruments and two copies of a piece or two that you could play with another student or instructor. Instructors cover arranging solos and duos, accompaniment issues, contrapuntal improv, and the ability of all instruments to provide rhythm, harmony, melodic and bass functions.
Art Lande is a grammy-nominated musician and educator who is is considered one of the premiere improvisational jazz pianists today. See Art’s bio at artlande.com. Since establishing himself among the Denver area’s elite jazz musicians, Peter Sommer has contributed his energetic tenor playing and creative spirit to a wide variety of musical projects ranging from mainstream bebop to avant garde and beyond at venues across the nation and around the world.
October 4, 2014
With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ is building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories. RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys and Doug Lee on bass plus the Bay Area’s best up-and-coming musicians. The group focuses on writing and playing original compositions, with ample room for improvisation. While maintaining an aesthetic that stems from jazz, the group experiments with odd meters, timbre, form, and melodic ideas. The exploratory nature of the group is always rooted in the essence of the composed or arranged pieces. Join RDL+ as they celebrate the release of Mas P’alla Va, which literally means “to the other side we go.” For Dineen and Lee it translates to living here, now, playing with open minds and hearts, and sharing music in a fully intentional yet free way. ruthiedineen.com dougleemusic.com
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
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.
October 3, 2014
A trio with numerous credits in the worlds of jazz, fusion and classical, Electreo presents a contemporary interpretation of a myriad of jazz styles. Electreo’s sound is richer and more robust than one might expect from a trio. A unique combination of electric bassoon with bass and drums, the instrumentation lends itself to music that is both open and full, harmonically developed, and rhythmically engaging. Featuring Jeff Denson on bass, Paul Hanson on bassoon,and Alan Hall on drums.