Upcoming Events

January 18, 2015

NEW MODALITIES IN JAZZ COMPOSITION
with Jason Levis – Part 1

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Jason Levis SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18 & FEBRUARY 1, 11:30 AM*

This two-part lecture series focuses on strategies to expand your approach to jazz composition and improvisation by utilizing techniques from 21st Century classical composition, including orchestration techniques of the French spectralists, heterophonic practices of the post-war avant-garde, layering principles in new complexity, and extended techniques in musique concrète instrumentale.

PART ONE explores approaches to modal jazz using techniques from French spectralism. Employing simple tools such as instrumentation, register, and dynamics, we explore ways of varying timbre and harmonic color while retaining harmonic function. We also look at how this can be reflected in structures used for improvisation.

PART TWO discusses the use of counterpoint in modern jazz. We begin with a brief introduction to the basic principles of counterpoint and review examples from jazz repertoire by composers like Dave Holland and Henry Threadgill. Utilizing tools such as rhythmic independence, heterophony, and linear melodic layering, we explore ways to extend ensemble interplay in both written and improvised contexts.

*Please Note: The date and time for this workshop has been changed.

Sundays, January 18 and February 1
11:30am – 1:30pm
$60 advance • $75 day of workshop

Jason Levis holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Composition from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Music, Naropa University. He has produced, composed and arranged for, performed in, and released over twodozen records, bridging a multitude of musical styles. He is an active performer on the drum set in both art and popular music settings and has extensive national and international performance experience.

Start: January 18, 2015 11:30 am
End: January 18, 2015 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

THE NEXT LEVEL with Hans Glawischnig

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Hans Glawischnig SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2 PM

The Jazzschool is very pleased to host this special workshop with New York bassist Hans Glawischnig. Having developed his musical concept over the past two decades collaborating with a wide range of musicians including Chick Corea, Miguel Zenon, David Sanchez, Ray Barretto, Bobby Watson and many others, Hans enjoys working with students of all levels and will share information pertaining to general musicianship (technique, ear training, listening), practicing techniques, improvisation, sight reading and a range of additional important topics. Questions and discussion welcome! For all instruments. Students are encouraged but not required to bring their instrument to join in.

Start: January 18, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 18, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

INTRO TO FLAMENCO STYLE: SOLEA, FANDANGO & ALEGRIAS with Alex Conde

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Alex Conde SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18, 25, & FEBRUARY 8, 2 PM

An in-depth exploration of some of the most popular flamenco music “palos.” Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in learning the fundamentals of flamenco style. Learn some of the exotic chord voicings and rhythms to expand your musical vocabulary, in the tradition of Chick Corea, Miles Davis and many other jazz musicians who have drawn inspiration from this rich musical heritage. Material is explained with written examples in both piano score and lead sheet format.

Virtuoso pianist Alex Conde graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music and has extensive international performance and teaching experience in jazz and flamenco styles.

Start: January 18, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 18, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

Mauro Senise and Harvey Wainapel Jazz and “Brazuka”

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Mauro Senise and Harvey Wainapel SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 4:30 PM

Saxophonist/flautist Mauro Senise, a former student of Brazilian saxophone icon Paulo Moura, is probably best known in the USA for his stunning contributions to a series of Egberto Gismonti LPs in the 1970s and 80s, such as Sanfona, No Caipira and Circense. Senise has continued performing and recording with the elite of Brazilian music, including Hermeto Pascoal, Gilson Peranzzetta, and Edu Lobo.

Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has performed with top-level Brazilian artists such as Airto Moreira, Guinga, Jovino Santos Neto, Paulo Bellinati, and Filo Machado. His newest CD Amigos Brasileiros vol. 2 just received a glowing 4-star review in DownBeat magazine.

Senise & Wainapel first met in 2000, when the Brazilian saxman invited the travelling gringo to sit in at a weekly performance of his group in Rio. Since then, the musical encounters have been annual events, with both sax players greatly enjoying the spontaneous atmosphere of these jam sessions. This time, the party will take place in the Northern Hemisphere, with the expert support and deep experience of pianist Marcos Silva, bassist Peter Barshay, and drummer Jason Lewis. The quintet will explore the world of Brazilian and North American jazz; sparks will fly, making for a joyful afternoon concert! maurosenise.com.br harvjazz.com

Start: January 18, 2015 4:30 pm
End: January 18, 2015 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 23, 2015

OoN – The Bassoon/Bass Duo of Paul Hanson & Ariane Cap

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

OoN • FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 8 PM

People often say they don’t know what to expect from a bass and bassoon duo. Well, think melodic and groovy music. OoN with its unlikely combination of bass and bassoon creates beautiful melodic Chamber Jazz. Sometimes peaceful and meditative, at other times passionate, raging or groovy, the musical bandwidth these two instrumentalists cover on their respective ‘tools’ is surprising. Utilizing virtuosic and unusual playing techniques as well as effects and harmonizers, the musicians put the song first and musicality front and center.

Paul Hanson is a Bay Area-bred world-renown jazz bassoonist and saxophonist known for his diverse career with artists such as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Cirque Du Soleil, DAVKA,  St Josephs Ballet, Zenith Patrol, The Klezmorim, Paul Dresher Ensemble, Jonas Hellborg, Dennis Chambers, Eddie Money (sax soloist on “Take Me Home Tonight”) and Boz Scaggs.

Ariane Cap is a multi instrumentalist, educator and composer. An eclectic and versatile bassist, she has covered many styles, from jazz, to folk and flamenco (Muriel Anderson), to classical music (The Mozart Band), African (The Palm Wine Boys), Celtic (Tempest) to punk rock (The Sippy Cups), rock (Keith Olsen), and Cirque du Soleil. With OoN she plays a six string bass featuring tapping styles and effects to broaden the soundscape.
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Start: January 23, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 23, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 24, 2015

Le Jazz Hot

Le Jazz Hot • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Le Jazz Hot SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 8 PM

Le Jazz Hot is an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club de France. The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club, but breathes new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist Paul Mehling. Hearing the ensemble live, or on any of their eleven albums, carries the listener back to the 1930’s and to the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris or the refined lounges of the famous Hotel Ritz. Often called gypsy jazz, the music of Le Jazz Hot has entranced audiences around the globe for over 20 years. Critics have hailed the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant…” Acoustic Guitar. From festivals in Mexico and France to concert halls across North America, Le Jazz Hot keeps this historic music fresh and alive. LeJazzHot.biz

Start: January 24, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 24, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 25, 2015

ADVANCED RHYTHMIC CONCEPTS with Marko Djordjevic, Julian Pollack and David Ewell

Marko Djordjevic SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 11:30 AM

New York-based drummer Marko Djordjevic and his trio present an engaging workshop covering odd meters, polyrhythms, uncommon rhythmic structures and their relationship to composition and improvisation. Topics related to group interaction and improvising within the ensemble context will also be explored.

Blue Note recording artist Lionel Loueke says: “Marko is one of the greatest drummers out there. He possesses incredible technique, and a musical mind to match it! I love playing with him because he is so creative and unique”! Marko is an A level endorser of DDRUM, Zildjian, Evans and Vic Firth and has been featured as a soloist and clinician at many of the world’s top music events (PASIC, Music Messe, Montreal Drum Fest, NAMM, Music Fest Canada, Jazz Yatra India) and some of the most prominent contemporary music schools (Berklee College of Music, Drummers Collective, MIT, Modern Music in Greece, L’aula in Spain, etc). Alfred Publishing is the exclusive worldwide distributor of his critically acclaimed DVD Where I Come From — A Fresh Approach To Drumming and book The New Frontier.

Start: January 25, 2015 11:30 am
End: January 25, 2015 1:30 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

NEW! INTRO TO DRUM RUDIMENTS with Lorca Hart

Lorca Hart • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Lorca Hart SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2 PM

This workshop explores some of the basic but essential rudiments used in many styles of drumming. Topics include: how to use rudiments to enhance overall technique and control, reading and playing through short snare drum pieces, introduction to the legendary Alan Dawson rudiment workout (the “Rudimental Ritual”), and applying rudiments to the drum set. Open to all! Please bring a pair of sticks.

Drummer Lorca Hart has performed with a wide range of top jazz musicians including Ralph Moore, Carmen Lundy, Freddie Hubbard, Calvin Keys, Stanley Jordan, Craig Handy, Kyle Eastwood, Herman Riley, Azar Lawrence, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson,John Heard, Danny Grissett, Justo Almario,Bennie Maupin, Phil Ranelin, Dave Pike, Don Menza, Hugh Masekela, Bobby Rodriguez,the Clayton Brothers, and Anthony Wilson.

Start: January 25, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 25, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

INTRO TO FLAMENCO STYLE: SOLEA, FANDANGO & ALEGRIAS with Alex Conde Part 2

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Alex Conde SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18, 25, & FEBRUARY 8, 2 PM

An in-depth exploration of some of the most popular flamenco music “palos.” Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in learning the fundamentals of flamenco style. Learn some of the exotic chord voicings and rhythms to expand your musical vocabulary, in the tradition of Chick Corea, Miles Davis and many other jazz musicians who have drawn inspiration from this rich musical heritage. Material is explained with written examples in both piano score and lead sheet format.

Virtuoso pianist Alex Conde graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music and has extensive international performance and teaching experience in jazz and flamenco styles.

Start: January 25, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 25, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

Amanda Addleman

Amanda Addleman • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Amanda Addleman SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 4:30 PM

Jazz vocalist and pianist, Amanda Addleman, will be pushing the boundaries of modern jazz. She, along with her virtuosic group, will be playing a selection of updated jazz standards, jazz-hued popular songs and original material. Featuring Amanda Addleman on vocals and piano, Lee Dynes on guitar, Paul Smith-Stewart on bass and  Ben Lauffer on drums.

About Amanda Addleman
Amanda Addleman is a jazz vocalist and pianist originally from Marin County, California. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and has spent her most recent years playing all over the Bay Area with some of the finest local musicians. Currently, Amanda is the Vocal Director at Drake High School in San Anselmo and is on faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. She runs a private studio of over 30 voice and piano students and has been a consultant of voice, piano and jazz studies in schools all over the country. She has been a featured performer for the Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation and she released her debut album, Aglow in 2012.

Start: January 25, 2015 4:30 pm
End: January 25, 2015 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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