November 22, 2014
This workshop is specifically for the classically trained musician — designed to demystify the fear as well as the notion that one must be born with the talent to improvise and “play by ear.” This workshop offers accessible techniques and concepts that can be applied not only to jazz but also to any style of music and for any instrument.
Jamie Baum has impressed audiences, musicians and critics alike with her inventive, finely crafted compositions and commanding and atypical approach to the flute as a lead instrument. Originally from Connecticut, Baum has been living in New York for seventeen years working as a leader or sidewomen with a wide range of consummate musicians including Randy Brecker, Paul Motian, John Abercrombie, Mick Goodrick, George Russell, Donald Brown, Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Mickey Roker, Uri Caine, Ursel Schlicht, Leni Stern, Wadada Leo Smith, V. M. Bhatt, Karaikudi Mani, Hakim Ludin, etc., in a wide range of styles. Though focusing primarily on jazz, she has been involved in projects performing classical and new music to Brazilian, Indian and Latin music offering her ample opportunity to develop a strong personal style.
This workshop made possible in part by generous support from Altus flutes.
THE VERSATILITY OF THE MODERN DRUMMER: Using the influence of Modern Pop Music in Jazz Improvisation with Kevin Coleman
It is not only the jazz musician’s job to preserve history, but also to reflect the music of the modern era. In this workshop, drummer Kevin Coleman demonstrates how to incorporate various genres of contemporary music, and how to apply them when improvising in modern jazz. Topics include: learning drum machine patterns and programmed drum beats used for hip-hop, and electronic dance music, as well as styles of drumming from modern rock genres. Students listen to examples of these genres, and analyze the drumming from each. The instructor then demonstrates the different genres individually and incorporates all of them while improvising with other musicians, as well as drawing upon these different styles when performing a drum solo.
Kevin Coleman is a senior at the California Jazz Conservatory.
This workshop is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.
Robin Huntington brings a heart full of song to the Jazzschool, in an emotionally charged vocal performance that will marry her richly nuanced and powerful voice to the stage presence of a veteran lead actress. Her interpretations of The Great American Song Book, jazz classics, Broadway and lesser known tunes are delivered with honesty, joy, laughter and love. You’ll part this show with a song in your heart! Robin will be accompanied by local luminaries Steve Snelling on piano, Doug Lee on bass and David Rokeach on drums.
About Robin Huntington
An old black and white photograph of Robin Huntington, taken at age 6, shows her draped over her grandparent’s grand piano, singing heartily to the accompaniment of a family friend. The little girl who charmed loved ones grew up to study theater and voice, and to garner lead roles in a variety of musical shows. Five years ago, Robin left theater to pursue jazz singing, and has been studying at the Jazzschool with Maye Cavalero and Laurie Antonioli. She has appeared at the Jazzschool, Anna’s Jazz Island and Berkeley City Club as a featured singer, and has frequent solos roles with the Berkeley Broadway Singers. After the rigor of theater, Robin loves the freedom of expression afforded by jazz, and the ability to decide the style, feel, groove and interpretation of a song.
“an enormously talented vocalist and performer whose interpretations ring with truth and believability, and whose buttery rich vocals leave audiences wanting more!” – Sarah Hershey
This concert is part of the Jazzschool’s Vocal Mentor Program.
November 23, 2014
For both musicians and fans, renowned pianist Larry Vuckovich offers a unique workshop highlighting the history of jazz piano. As in the past workshops, he will feature recordings of the masters and also demonstrate on piano their signature styles. The previous workshop presented the New Orleans sounds of Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, moving up through swing era piano styles and on through the bebop era innovations, hard bop, post bop and contemporary piano styles. The new workshop on Sunday, November 23 features the Unsung Heroes of Jazz Piano – lesser know but true jazz masters who have made an impact on the history of this music. They are: Herman Chittison, Billy Kyle, Johnny Guarnieri, Al Haig, Wade Legge, Gil Coggins, Herbie Nichols, Elmo Hope, Hampton Hawes, Carl Perkins, Lou Levy, Victor Feldman, Terry Pollard, Shirley Scott, Horace Parlan, Duke Pearson, Albert Dailey, and Sir Roland Hanna.
As a special feature Larry will focus on the importance of pianist Horace Parlan, who made a remarkable achievement under most difficult circumstances, surviving paralysis as a child. Horace, highly regarded by the jazz greats, became a most successful, soulful jazz pianist and recording artist. Another feature of today’s program will be women in jazz, highlighting perhaps the most swinging female bebop pianist, Terry Pollard. (Larry will also have a CD sample of her playing). A great Detroit scene pianist, Terry Pollard was also an excellent vibraphonist. When Larry recently mentioned her to Barry Harris, another Detroit great, Barry’s comment was “She was the one!” Another pianist/organist of note is Shirley Scott.
Larry Vuckovich gained first-hand knowledge from performances or recordings with many of the jazz greats including Dexter Gordon, Charles McPherson, Charlie Haden, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. Larry has been associated with several piano icons, such as Bud Powell, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and as the only student of Vince Guaraldi.
This class teaches a simple yet effective way of using arpeggios as a base for playing through chord changes. Students learn fingerings and practice applying them to songs. By using different approach patterns, students can greatly improve their ability to create jazz lines over chord progressions.
The Jazzschool Board of Directors takes the stage for this second annual fall concert!
The Jazzschool Community Music School Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.
December 1, 2014
The Jazzschool Young Musicians Program’s award-winning Studio Band (2nd place finalists, 2014 Next Generation Jazz Festival) shares the bill with Rory Snyder’s Night Band. This exciting and rare pairing of two generations of world-class big bands is not to be missed! Under the direction of leading Bay Area educator Dave Eshelman.
The Jazzschool Studio Band
This award-winning ensemble trains advanced high school musicians from throughout the Bay Area. Students develop technique, knowledge of jazz style and an ability to improvise through standard and contemporary big band repertoire. This ensemble performs frequently and participates in competitions throughout the U.S. Jazzschool Studio Bands have played at Yoshi’s and Savanna Jazz, as well as jazz festivals in California, New York, Seattle, Idaho, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France and the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland.
The Night Jazz Band directed by Rory Snyder is considered as one of the top Community College evening jazz ensembles in California, and one of the longest running at 41+ years. The group has achieved a top-notch reputation by winning or placing high in the Pacific Coast Collegiate and Reno Jazz Festivals. Since Rory Snyder was hired as Director of Jazz Studies in 1990 the Night Jazz Band has recorded 3 CDs, the first featuring Phil Woods and the second featuring Toshiko Akiyoshi. The latest release is DVC Jazz Live at Yoshi’s w/ Bob Mintzer. The Night Band has also appeared at Yoshi’s Jazz Club many times and had a very successful tour of China. They have also taken jazz cruises and played at the CMEA State Conference. The band is now a fee-based class, meaning we have to raise the money to keep the band going. Our bi-annual Yoshi’s gigs are best fundraisers for us, so any ticket you buy for a Night Jazz Band gig helps support the future of the band.
Rory resumed a strong guest artist program with guests including Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Michael Wolff, Bruce Forman, Bobby Hutcherson, Don Menza, John Clayton, Gordon Goodwin, Louie Bellson, Ed Shaughnessy, Grant Geissman, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Wallace, Tom Politzer and more.
December 5, 2014
The California Jazz Conservatory (CJC) presents end-of-semester performances by a variety of student ensembles.
Friday December 5
6:30pm – Piano Trio, directed by Frank Martin
7:30pm – Horn Trio, directed by Dann Zinn
8:30pm – Brazilian Trio, directed by Marcos Silva
JYMP ensembles take the stage at The Sound Room for their end-of-quarter performance series.
|Friday Dec 5||At the Sound Room|
|7:00- 7:40 PM||High School Ensemble (Mon. 6:30pm)||Bagale|
|7:45-8:30 PM||High School Funk Ensemble (Sat. 10am)||Hogan|
About The Sound Room
The Sound Room is not your average jazz club. It is the downtown Oakland home of Bay Area Jazz & Arts, Inc (BAJA), a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. It is a music and art program by and for people who love music, especially jazz. BAJA focuses on programs that encourage understanding of Jazz, America’s original music tradition.
The club was designed for its conception to be an intimate listening environment where fans can get up close to the performers. This all ages venue offers healthy food, beer, wine and soft drinks with cabaret seating.