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!
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
November 2, 2014
Join Linda Tillery in a unique opportunity to learn, sing and feel the music that developed through the songs and rhythms of the African Diaspora. Participants learn African- American Spirituals, Field Hollers, Work Songs, Children’s Play Songs, Ring Shouts, Gospel and music from the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina. Series includes singing, hand clapping, stick pounding and some traditional dance. Video and audio recordings are also presented to stimulate in-depth discussions. There will be a lot of singing and the more people that attend, the more powerful the experience will be. Open to all levels.
November 2, 9 and 16,
11am – 1pm
$150 advance • $165 day of workshop
Linda Tillery is a 47-year veteran vocalist, percussionist, Grammynominated producer, cultural historian and the founder and artistic director of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. She has conducted workshops with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, the MIT Concert Choir, Spelman College Concert Choir, Xarxa Gospel Choir (Barcelona), Muse Choir of Cincinnati and the Oakland Youth Chorus. She has taught classes at Stanford University, Williams College, Pacific School of Religion and the California Institute for Integral Studies. As a vocalist and percussionist, she has performed on over 75 recordings and has produced 15+ recordings.
Students of all levels can benefit from this workshop on how to creatively avoid the overwhelming monotony of “head-solos-head.” By listening to and studying transcriptions of classic recordings, we look at how to employ devices like shout choruses, modulations, tempo changes, intros, codas, send-offs, backgrounds, tags, vamps, interludes, trading, breaks/stop-time and more. Students receive transcriptions of arrangements by Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Tadd Dameron, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, and others. Instructor also guides students through the craft of spontaneous arranging “on-the-fly.”
Seattle-based alto saxophonist and composer Jacob Zimmerman studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, and Mills College. His teachers have included Roscoe Mitchell, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. Jacob was recognized as the “2013 Emerging Artist of Year”
by Earshot Jazz.
Vocalist Rhonda Benin has earned a reputation for more than just her voice — her showmanship, magnetic stage personality, humor, and great dancing have delighted audiences across the Bay Area and beyond. Rhonda’s impressive resume includes performances at SFJAZZ, Yoshi’s, MOAD, and the Healdsburg, Sonoma, Burlingame, Sausalito, Fillmore, and Calistoga Jazz Festivals. In the summer of 2012 Rhonda traveled to Hangzhou, China for a 3 month engagement at the JZ Jazz Club. In addition to singing, Rhonda is producer and founder of the Women’s History Month’s show “Just Like A Woman,” a tribute to Bay Area women in music and “Jazz Ain’t Nothing But The Blues.” Join Rhonda as she performs her new show, “Groovin, On A Sunday Afternoon,” a unique mix of jazz, blues and soul featuring John R. Burr on piano, Ron Belcher on bass Rob Rhodes on drums.
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”).
November 7, 2014
World premiere! avant-NOIR is a new project by bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa, for her critically-acclaimed experimental jazz quartet, Bait & Switch. The music is inspired by noir genre fiction set in New York City (where Mezzacappa was born and raised) and the San Francisco Bay Area (where she has lived for the past 13 years). For this project, the quartet is joined by special guests percussionist William Winant and electronics wizard Tim Perkis. avant-NOIR is a musical companion to Paul Auster’s abstract “soft-boiled” crime stories from his New York Trilogy of the 1980s, set in conversation with the West Coast classic hard-boiled 1920s-era detective fiction of Dashiell Hammett. The music progresses like a detective’s case, using clues and imagery from the crime novels such as maps, letters, messages and relationships between characters and places, to create compositions with acoustic and electric sounds, field recordings and composed and improvised material. Featuring Aaron Bennett on tenor saxophone, John Finkbeiner on electric guitar, Lisa Mezzacappa on acoustic bass and Jordan Glenn on drums. lisamezzacappa.com
Lisa Mezzacappa’s avant-NOIR is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and Grants for the Arts|San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.
Photo by Martin Phillips
November 8, 2014
A history of the jazz organ and an introduction to basic performance techniques with Wil Blades, one of the top Hammond B-3 masters of his generation! Open to all.
Twice named Rising Star in the DownBeat Critics Poll, Wil Blades is the Bay Area’s first-call organist and has performed or recorded with famed jazz, blues and funk artists including Billy Martin, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Dayna Stephens and many others.
Vocalist Cathi Walkup’s new release Secret of the Song is a fresh double CD and songbook full of songs to delight and inspire, from stompin’ blues to sambas and stirring ballads, all in the key of life. Cathi has been called “the thinking person’s jazz singer” for her choice of lyric-driven songs, “a natural comedian” for her wit and ease on-stage, and, both an “important bop-oriented singer” and an “excellent lyricist” by Scott Yanow, respected jazz writer, in his book, The Jazz Singers, The Ultimate Guide. Featuring Benny Watson on piano and vocals, Carla Kaufman on bass, Bob Blankenship on drums and very special guests Shanna Carlson and Hugo Wainzinger. cwalkup.com
November 9, 2014
This workshop covers the basic rhythms and vocabulary of honky-tonk, Western swing and country piano. Through listening, instructor demonstration, and playing transcriptions at the keyboard, students become familiar with the “Ray Price shuffle,” the classic Hank Williams two-beat, Bob Wills’ swing style, the country waltz, and more. Floyd Cramer’s famous “slip-note” style, walk-ups and walk-downs, and other quintessential licks and tricks of the trade are also covered in this fun and lively workshop. Prerequisites: Ability to read and play basic parts handstogether; familiarity with major triads.
Sunday, November 9, 11am – 1:30pm
$40 advance • $55 day of workshop
Jennifer Jolly is a keyboardist specializing in New Orleans R&B, blues, boogie-woogie, African, Caribbean, R&B, funk, honky-tonk, rock, and other rhythmic styles. She teaches at the Jazzschool and the Cazadero Family Camp, and performs with Baba Ken & Kotoja, Zulu Spear, and Big B & His Snake Oil Saviors, among others.