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.
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 3, 2014
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.
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.
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 California Jazz Conservatory is proud to support new and emerging talent. Enjoy an evening of musical selections with these talented Rising Stars. Featuring Arabelle Schoenberg on piano and Kanoa Mendenhall on bass. More details coming soon!
The 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi.
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”).
August 8, 2014
The Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp is a supportive musical environment where girls have fun and develop self-confidence while honing improvisational, technical and ensemble skills. Join these young musicians as they present their end-of-camp performance!
August 9, 2014
A clinic and demonstration in technique and expression on these important Afro-Cuban percussion instruments. John Santos provides historical background, performs and takes questions from participants in this fun and enlightening workshop. His perspective is unique as a historian, teacher and producer with over 40 years of professional experience in the realm of Latin jazz. For all levels.
Five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos has performed or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Santana, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Steve Turre, Bobby Hutcherson, Lalo Schifrin, James Moody, The Latin Giants of Jazz, Omar Sosa, Buena Vista Social Club, Batacum-bele, Lázaro Ros, Francisco Aguabella, Armando Peraza, El Conjunto de Clave y Guaguancó, John Faddis and Mark Murphy, among others. This workshop is co-sponsored by Remo drumheads.