California Jazz Conservatory

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California Jazz Conservatory
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2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

August 2, 2014

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Jon Arkin SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 3:15 PM

Brushes are among the most effective and essential tools available for drummers when playing in an acoustic jazz context. This workshop provides an overview of brush techniques and concepts, including basic time patterns, variations, accents, textural possibilities, articulation and finger control. Moving beyond the fundamentals, it also covers the ways that brushes can open one’s playing up to new ideas, dynamics and interactive possibilities. Open to all drummers, as well as anyone interested in learning basic time playing with brushes.

Jon Arkin has performed and recorded with a wide range of musicians since receiving his degree from the University of Miami. Credits include Julian Lage, Wil Blades, Dayna Stephens and others.

Start: August 2, 2014 3:15 pm
End: August 2, 2014 5:15 pm

August 3, 2014

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Erik Jekabson SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 11:30 AM

Participants study classic jazz solos and work on improvising “compositionally” — structuring their solos with connecting threads and an overall sense of cohesion. Special attention is paid to motivic development. Students play in the workshop, using different exercises to develop their solos. For intermediate to advanced players; please bring your instrument.

Highly regarded as both an improviser and a composer, trumpeter Erik Jekabson holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from the Oberlin Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatory respectively. He has toured with John Mayer, Illinois Jacquet and Galactic and has released several albums featuring original compositions, including the recent Live at the Hillside Club featuring John Santos.

Start: August 3, 2014 11:30 am
End: August 3, 2014 1:30 pm

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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.

 

Start: August 3, 2014 12:00 pm
End: August 3, 2014 3:00 pm

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Edgardo Cambón SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2 PM

Ever tried to sing and play a shaker, claves, guiro, maracas or tambourim at the same time? Students learn the basics of these hand percussion instruments, as they lock into simple vocal melodies or choruses of famous Latin and other songs. All levels welcome, instruments provided. Students may also bring some of their favorite percussion “toys.”

Percussionist Edgardo Cambón has performed or recorded with Chucho Valdes, Carlos Santana, José Luis “Changuito” Quintana, Joan Baez, Claudia Gomez, Jerry Rivera, Eddie Santiago, Crosspulse, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Omar Sosa, Mark Levine, Andy Narell, Sovosó, Michael Spiro, Karl Perazzo, Rebeca Mauleón, Giovanni Hidalgo and many others.

 

Start: August 3, 2014 2:00 pm
End: August 3, 2014 4:00 pm

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Jazz Bass Lines for Non-Bassists SUNDAY, August 3, 2 PM

A step-by-step approach to constructing effective walking bass lines over standard jazz harmony. Recommended for pianists, arrangers and anyone who would like to gain a better understanding of the function of the bass in the jazz rhythm section. Open to all, no bass playing experience required!

Trombonist and educator Rob Ewing is the director of the Jazzschool Community Music School. He actively works with several Bay Area jazz groups including the Marcus Shelby Orchestra and Disappear Incompletely — The Radiohead Project.

Start: August 3, 2014 2:00 pm
End: August 3, 2014 4:00 pm

August 8, 2014

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Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp • FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 6 PM

The Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp is a supportive musical environment where girls have fun and develop self-confidence while honing improvisational, technical and ensemble skills. Join these young musicians as they present their end-of-camp performance!

Start: August 8, 2014 6:00 pm
End: August 8, 2014 8:00 pm

August 9, 2014

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John Santos SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 3:15 PM

A clinic and demonstration in technique and expression on these important Afro-Cuban percussion instruments. John Santos provides historical background, performs and takes questions from participants in this fun and enlightening workshop. His perspective is unique as a historian, teacher and producer with over 40 years of professional experience in the realm of Latin jazz. For all levels.

Five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos has performed or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Santana, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Steve Turre, Bobby Hutcherson, Lalo Schifrin, James Moody, The Latin Giants of Jazz, Omar Sosa, Buena Vista Social Club, Batacum-bele, Lázaro Ros, Francisco Aguabella, Armando Peraza, El Conjunto de Clave y Guaguancó, John Faddis and Mark Murphy, among others. This workshop is co-sponsored by Remo drumheads.

Start: August 9, 2014 3:15 pm
End: August 9, 2014 5:15 pm

August 10, 2014

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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

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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

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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

August 16, 2014

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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

August 17, 2014

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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

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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

September 7, 2014

Get to know our fantastic vocal instructors and learn all about the upcoming Fall Quarter courses. There will be food, drink and lots of opportunities to mingle and ask questions! Each instructor will be featured in a brief performance with a great band. The event concludes with our monthly Vocal Jam Session at 6pm, so please plan to stay on and jam! It’s a celebration of song and we invite curious singers to join us and learn more about our diverse vocal program. Open to all ages, levels and styles.

Start: September 7, 2014 3:00 pm
End: September 7, 2014 6:00 pm

September 28, 2014

Latin Percussion with Danilo Paiz

Latin Percussion with Danilo Paiz SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 11:30 AM

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.

 


Start: September 28, 2014 11:30 am
End: September 28, 2014 1:30 pm

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Kenny Washington & Michael O’Neill SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 4:30 PM

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.

Start: September 28, 2014 4:30 pm
End: September 28, 2014 6:30 pm