September 21, 2014
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.
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.
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
September 26, 2014
A percussion feast featuring living legend and pioneer of Cuban drumming, Walfredo de los Reyes Sr., John Santos, David Flores, and Javier Navarrette.
September 27, 2014
This interactive workshop with critically acclaimed Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz is designed for students and teachers interested in spontaneous composition and structural manipulation over all kinds of musical and non-musical materials. Participants discuss, play, examine examples and analyze in detail the following topics: The importance of rhythm in improvisation, melodic and rhythmic motif development, real time composition applied to improvisation, and Afro-Cuban patterns in odd meters. Bring your instrument! (optional)
Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, Aruán considers himself “a curious person who loves music,” and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions. He has received a number of awards such as Doris Duke Impact Award (2014) Latin Jazz Corner’s Arranger of the Year (2011) for his contribution on the album, “El Cumbanchero” (Jazzheads 2011) by flutist Mark Weinstein; Best Jazz Interpretation, Festival de Jazz in Vic, Spain (2000); and Semifinalist, Jas Hennessy Piano Solo Competition, Montreux, Switzerland (2001).
Critically acclaimed Cuban pianist, award-winning composer, and a solid producer and educator, not only on the New York City scene, but internationally as well. Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, this classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba, considers himself “a curious person who loves music”, and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions.
September 28, 2014
Learn the essential patterns and grooves for playing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha rhythms on conga drums. Instructor demonstrates proper technique, patterns and fills, providing ample feedback for students of all levels. Beginners will learn the basics, while more advanced players receive an assessment of their current technique and suggestions to enhance their playing.
AMERICAN SONGBOOK COMPOSER SERIES — IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU: THE MUSIC OF JIMMY VAN HEUSEN with Maye Cavallaro – Part 1
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.
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
Dubbed as “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenny Washington is a jazz virtuoso who thrills audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and rapid-fire scatting. Join Kenny and saxophonist Michael O’Neill and his Quintet as they recaptured their musical connection found on their collaboration albums, The Long and Short of It and Still Dancing. Featuring John R. Burr on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Alan Hall on drums, Erik Jekabson on trumpet, Michael O’Neill on saxophone and vocalists Kenny Washington.
If you have never heard this New Orleans native sing before, get ready for a jaw dropping experience. Kenny is a jazz vocalist virtuoso. Emulating the classic styles of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and infusing colors of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, Kenny’s free, playful approach, with over a four-octave range is awe inspiring. His tone on ballads is liquid, his scat is so rapid-fire, passionate, melodious and inventive that subsequent saxophone solos often pale, and his intonation is so precise that it becomes noticeable if the piano wasn’t tuned that day. His range seems limitless. With a childhood background singing in gospel, Kenny is at home with the Blues as well as Jazz. This man is a must-see.
Michael has performed and/or recorded with Idris Muhammad, Joe Locke, Michael Wolff, Giacomo Gates, Eddie Fisher, Rodney Jones, Kim Nalley, Jackie Ryan, Tony Lindsay, Margie Baker, Akira Tana, Faye Carol, Brenda Boykin, Nicolas Bearde, Jeff Chambers, Rob Schneiderman, Mark Levine, Frank Jackson, Frank Martin, Larry Dunlap, Bobbi Norris, Peter Horvath, Matt Clark, Smith Dobson, Don Haas, Dave Mathews, Michael Bluestein, Omar Clay, Scott Morris and many others.