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August 9, 2014

The Jonah Levine Collective

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Jonah Levine SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 8 PM

Trombonist, composer and pianist Jonah Levine brings his Los Angeles band to his hometown for his debut show as a UCLA graduate. Featuring Jonah Levine on trombone, Emile Martinez on trumpet, Josh Johnson on alto sax, Owen Clapp on Bass, Julian Le on piano, and Jonathan Pinson on drums.

Short Bio
Jonah Levine is a trombonist, pianist, composer and arranger from Berkeley, CA currently residing in Los Angeles. He has performed at leading jazz festivals around the world including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, as well as venues throughout France, Italy, Mexico, and South America. He has worked with Leonard Cohen, The Game, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Leslie, Rudimental UK, George Watsky, Dumbfoundead, and Shafiq Husayn among many others. Known as “Funky Lips,” Levine has versatile style that allows him to work in various types of situations such as big bands, world fusion groups, hip hop, pop producers and more. Levine has a passion for teaching, performing, and composing music and plans to continue doing all three after he graduates UCLA with a B.A. in ethnomusicology in June of 2014. www.jonahlevinemusic.com/

The 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi.

Start: August 9, 2014 8:00 pm
End: August 9, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

August 10, 2014

NEW JAZZ PIANO VOICING STRUCTURES with Eli Wallace

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New Jazz Piano Voicing Structures SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 11:30 AM

Give your piano chord voicings an intriguing and individual sound. Eli Wallace presents an uncommon approach to constructing piano chord voicings, using specific intervals and fingerings. Students learn to play II-V-Is with these structures, using left hand and two-hand voicings. Participants can use these tools to play chords befitting of their own style, whether they want to emulate Herbie Hancock or Olivier Messiaen. Students will play during the workshop and are given handouts to practice these structures on their own. Open to all.

Pianist and composer Eli Wallace graduated with a Master’s degree from New England Conservatory, where he studied with Frank Carlberg, Ken Schaphorst, Jerry Bergonzi and Jason Moran. Since then he’s been deeply engaged in the Bay Area creative music scene, playing in such groups as Karl Evangelista’s Ai-Ai, and Bill Noertker’s Moxie, in addition to leading his own projects. As a composer he’s received commissions to write for chamber orchestra, jazz big band, solo piano and dance performances.

 

Start: August 10, 2014 11:30 am
End: August 10, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

UNSUNG GEMS FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK with Maye Cavallaro – Part 2

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAYS, AUGUST 3, 10 & 17, Noon

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.

Sundays, August 3, 10 & 17
Noon – 3pm including lunch break

Please see Part 1 to register

Start: August 10, 2014 12:00 pm
End: August 10, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

NOT JUST TECHNIQUE with Dave Scott

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Dave Scott SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2 PM

As jazz musicians, there is no end to our quest for technical perfection. Everybody wishes they had “better chops” and this means we all feel some degree of technical limitation. So how do we still play a strong solo? Dave Scott leads this hands-on workshop to shed light on what really makes for a “good” solo. The best soloists don’t always have the most technical skill and Dave explores some of the less technical aspects of playing that are also important to becoming the most effective performers we can be. Please bring your instrument.

Trumpeter Dave Scott has toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, TOTO, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, the Realistic Orchestra, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Brass Monkey Brass Band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Dave Scott Jazz Quartet. In the classical realm, he has recorded or performed with the Honolulu Symphony, the Napa Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the San Francisco Sinfonietta Orchestra.

 

Start: August 10, 2014 2:00 pm
End: August 10, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

SF Early Music Society

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SF Early Music Society SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 4:30 PM

The California Jazz Conservatory and The San Francisco Early Music Society have established an exciting affiliation that delights both our audience and our local musicians. Early music lovers and jazz music lovers join together to celebrate the improvisational kinship of the two genres. Early music is not light entertainment but a spiritual bridge to another time and place, a deep momentary experience sent  to us by past voices in a universal language we rediscover and re-create with each performance. Check back soon for specific concert details.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: August 10, 2014 4:30 pm
End: August 10, 2014 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

August 15, 2014

Guitar Intensive Performance

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Guitar Intensive Performance • FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 8 PM

Enjoy internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist and educator Mimi Fox, and special guest guitarists Howard Alden and David Gutierrez, along with Jazzschool students as they highlight songs and techniques from their weeklong Guitar Intensive program.

 

Start: August 15, 2014 8:00 pm
End: August 15, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

August 16, 2014

BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN BOP with Chris Sullivan

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Chris Sullivan SATURDAY,  AUGUST 16, 3:15 PM

The tools necessary to play bebop at a high level make learning this style of jazz beneficial to musicians of all levels and genres. The instructor provides a detailed practice curriculum for students interested in improving their ability to play bebop, and discusses effective techniques to ensure students get most out of each and every practice session.

Start: August 16, 2014 3:15 pm
End: August 16, 2014 5:15 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

Vocal Intensive Performance

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Vocal Intensive Performance SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 8 PM

Join Jazzschool Vocal Intensive students as they share their artistic growth developed from a five-day Intensive Workshop with Theo Bleckmann & Laurie Antonioli.

Start: August 16, 2014 8:00 pm
End: August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

August 17, 2014

UNSUNG GEMS FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK with Maye Cavallaro – Part 3

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAYS, AUGUST 3, 10 & 17, Noon

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.

Sundays, August 3, 10 & 17
Noon – 3pm including lunch break

Please see Part 1 to register

Start: August 17, 2014 12:00 pm
End: August 17, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

JAZZ LINES FOR GUITAR with Jeff Massanari

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Jeff Massanari SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2 PM

Using transcriptions from great guitarists, pianists and horn players, students review great lines for individual chords (from the major, minor, and dominant families) as well as for progressions (II-Vs and turnarounds). Examples will be analyzed to help understand the jazz language and how to relate these lines to existing scale and arpeggio patterns. Please bring your guitar! Suggested prerequisites: knowledge of major scales, basic arpeggios, some diatonic harmony knowledge, II-Vs and key centers.

Guitarist Jeff Massanari has performed with Kenny Washington, Pamela Rose, Wally Schnalle, Mary Wilson, Keely Smith, Kim Nalley and Denise Perrier. He has appeared at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Beijing Conservatory, Davies Symphony Hall, Stern Grove, SFJAZZ Center, Yoshi’s, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and Theatre Works.

 

Start: August 17, 2014 2:00 pm
End: August 17, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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