August 3, 2014
Ever tried to sing and play a shaker, claves, guiro, maracas or tambourim at the same time? Students learn the basics of these hand percussion instruments, as they lock into simple vocal melodies or choruses of famous Latin and other songs. All levels welcome, instruments provided. Students may also bring some of their favorite percussion “toys.”
Percussionist Edgardo Cambón has performed or recorded with Chucho Valdes, Carlos Santana, José Luis “Changuito” Quintana, Joan Baez, Claudia Gomez, Jerry Rivera, Eddie Santiago, Crosspulse, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Omar Sosa, Mark Levine, Andy Narell, Sovosó, Michael Spiro, Karl Perazzo, Rebeca Mauleón, Giovanni Hidalgo and many others.
A step-by-step approach to constructing effective walking bass lines over standard jazz harmony. Recommended for pianists, arrangers and anyone who would like to gain a better understanding of the function of the bass in the jazz rhythm section. Open to all, no bass playing experience required!
Trombonist and educator Rob Ewing is the director of the Jazzschool Community Music School. He actively works with several Bay Area jazz groups including the Marcus Shelby Orchestra and Disappear Incompletely — The Radiohead Project.
The Great American Songbook is a collection of tunes written from 1930 to 1950 and is a vital part of the repertoire of jazz musicians. While many songs by the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin are well known, there are countless other composers and lyricists whose songs are not performed as often. This 3-part workshop focuses on these less frequently performed pieces. Workshop time includes listening to recorded examples by jazz greats to develop ideas for new arrangements. Instructor Maye Cavallaro provides 10 lead sheets for songs including practice-backing tracks. An accompanist joins the group during the third session, for students to perform arrangement ideas.
Participants study classic jazz solos and work on improvising “compositionally” — structuring their solos with connecting threads and an overall sense of cohesion. Special attention is paid to motivic development. Students play in the workshop, using different exercises to develop their solos. For intermediate to advanced players; please bring your instrument.
Highly regarded as both an improviser and a composer, trumpeter Erik Jekabson holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from the Oberlin Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatory respectively. He has toured with John Mayer, Illinois Jacquet and Galactic and has released several albums featuring original compositions, including the recent Live at the Hillside Club featuring John Santos.
August 2, 2014
Brushes are among the most effective and essential tools available for drummers when playing in an acoustic jazz context. This workshop provides an overview of brush techniques and concepts, including basic time patterns, variations, accents, textural possibilities, articulation and finger control. Moving beyond the fundamentals, it also covers the ways that brushes can open one’s playing up to new ideas, dynamics and interactive possibilities. Open to all drummers, as well as anyone interested in learning basic time playing with brushes.
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.
August 1, 2014
The week-long High School Jazz Intensive culminates in a performance of top high school jazz instrumentalists alongside an incredible faculty band.
July 27, 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.
Known for his discerning taste and soaring delivery, Barry invites you to share in a delightful selection of rediscovered songs too beautiful to be forgotten.
Barry Warren has been creating lyrics for jazz instrumental compositions for over 30 years. His songs are performed by many Bay Area jazz vocalists. In addition, he has performed in and created arrangements for several vocal jazz groups. Currently Barry performs as a solo vocalist, known and admired for his extensive repertoire and for his ability to communicate meaning and emotion when he sings.
Part of the JCMS Concert Preparation & Performance Series
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.
Do you love to sing but are mystified as to how to communicate with other musicians? This workshop is for you! Topics covered include: vocal warm-ups; finding your range; choosing the appropriate key; writing a lead sheet; key signatures; basic notation; how to transpose; different grooves and feels; counting out tunes; common song forms and standards; building repertoire; defining your style; music notation software; organizing a gig book; how to prepare for open mics; and many more. No prerequisites, all are welcome!
2 Sundays, Noon – 3pm
July 26, July 27