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2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

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September 21, 2014

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Mark Levine SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 11 AM

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.

Start: September 21, 2014 11:00 am
End: September 21, 2014 1:00 pm

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Sara Gazarek SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 12 PM

Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson have been collaborating for ten years; composing, arranging, touring, recording and teaching. Recently cited as “one of the best modern-day piano/voice matches,” they discuss ideas related to vulnerability and strength in a duo setting and provide information on arranging, listening and getting to the heart of the lyric. Students should bring charts for two songs (three copies each) in the appropriate key to sing in the workshop. For more about Sara and Josh please see saragazarek.com/duo.

Start: September 21, 2014 12:00 pm
End: September 21, 2014 3:00 pm

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Mark Levine SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2 PM

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.

Start: September 21, 2014 2:00 pm
End: September 21, 2014 4:00 pm

September 27, 2014

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Aruán Ortiz SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 3:15 PM

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).

Start: September 27, 2014 3:15 pm
End: September 27, 2014 5:15 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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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 5 & 12 Noon

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.

Start: September 28, 2014 12:00 pm
End: September 28, 2014 3:00 pm

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Kenneth Helman SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 5 & 12, 1 PM

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

Start: September 28, 2014 1:00 pm
End: September 28, 2014 4:00 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

October 4, 2014

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Jon Arkin SATURDAYS, OCTOBER 4 & 11, 3:15 PM

One of the challenges many musicians encounter in improvisation is in learning how to free up their rhythmic phrasing. This two-part workshop provides concepts and exercises to help you move beyond the usual tendencies in 4/4 and 3/4 time, through the study of polyrhythm and polymeter. In the first session, written examples are provided for various rhythmic patterns (with an emphasis on learning how to count them), and an overview of how to superimpose these patterns over the most common meters and forms. The second session focuses on the application of these rhythms to music through playing & listening, as well as introducing a variety of advanced exercises, concepts & practice routines. This type of ear training is essential in developing recognition and comfort within the advanced rhythmic environment of modern music — and ultimately, enables new levels of expression and interaction in any musical context. Examples are shown on drum set, but all musicians who want to develop their rhythmic sense are welcome.

Saturdays, October 4 and 11, 3:15 – 5:15pm
$60 advance • $75 day of workshop

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: October 4, 2014 3:15 am
End: October 4, 2014 5:15 pm

October 5, 2014

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Peter Sommer SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 11:30 AM

This workshop is for all musicians who are curious about the possibilities of the duo and for duos that already exist that would like to refresh their concept. Please bring instruments and two copies of a piece or two that you could play with another student or instructor. Instructors cover arranging solos and duos, accompaniment issues, contrapuntal improv, and the ability of all instruments to provide rhythm, harmony, melodic and bass functions.

Art Lande is a grammy-nominated musician and educator who is is considered one of the premiere improvisational jazz pianists today. See Art’s bio at artlande.com. Since establishing himself among the Denver area’s elite jazz musicians, Peter Sommer has contributed his energetic tenor playing and creative spirit to a wide variety of musical projects ranging from mainstream bebop to avant garde and beyond at venues across the nation and around the world.

Start: October 5, 2014 11:30 am
End: October 5, 2014 1:30 pm

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 5 & 12 Noon

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.

Start: October 5, 2014 12:00 pm
End: October 5, 2014 3:00 pm

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Kenneth Helman SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 5 & 12, 1 PM

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

Start: October 5, 2014 1:00 pm
End: October 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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Helen Sung  • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2 PM

While there are no shortcuts to mastering an instrument like the piano, the journey can be much more fun when one learns how to maximize practice time. Concepts discussed include consistency, creating engaging routines, and what/how to practice. Sung’s workshop helps students, from beginning to advanced, (re)discover the joy of smart and creative practicing.

Classically-trained, now turned jazz, pianist/ composer Helen Sung shares important lessons she learned as an aspiring classical and jazz piano student. Winner Mary Lou Williams jazz piano competition. Performances with Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Steve Turre, Wayne Shorter.

Start: October 5, 2014 2:00 pm
End: October 5, 2014 4:00 pm

October 11, 2014

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Jon Arkin SATURDAYS, OCTOBER 4 & 11, 3:15 PM

One of the challenges many musicians encounter in improvisation is in learning how to free up their rhythmic phrasing. This two-part workshop provides concepts and exercises to help you move beyond the usual tendencies in 4/4 and 3/4 time, through the study of polyrhythm and polymeter. In the first session, written examples are provided for various rhythmic patterns (with an emphasis on learning how to count them), and an overview of how to superimpose these patterns over the most common meters and forms. The second session focuses on the application of these rhythms to music through playing & listening, as well as introducing a variety of advanced exercises, concepts & practice routines. This type of ear training is essential in developing recognition and comfort within the advanced rhythmic environment of modern music — and ultimately, enables new levels of expression and interaction in any musical context. Examples are shown on drum set, but all musicians who want to develop their rhythmic sense are welcome.

Saturdays, October 4 and 11, 3:15 – 5:15pm
$60 advance • $75 day of workshop
Please click here to register

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: October 11, 2014 3:15 pm
End: October 11, 2014 5:15 pm

October 12, 2014

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 28, OCTOBER 5 & 12 Noon

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.

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

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The Improvisor’s Seminar • 3 SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 12, 19 & 26, 2 PM

This workshop series explains how to improvise with a lead-sheet using real world examples from solos by John Coltrane and others. It departs from the often-used approach of “see this chord, play this scale” and gets into the actual vocabulary of jazz in a way that is easily understood and accessible. Visiting musicians demonstrate some of the approaches under discussion, and students listen to audio recordings. No need to bring instruments to this seminar. Discussion topics include:

  • How to play on standards.
  • What it means to “play in a key.”
  • How to recognize the key you’re in, even if it’s not obvious.
  • How playing in a key, rather than from chord-to-chord, is part of the jazz tradition.
  • How to practice so all this gets more intuitive and more fun.

3 Sundays, 2 – 4pm
October 12, 19 and 26
$90 advance • $105 day of workshop

Clark Suprynowicz is a Bay Area composer and music teacher who has been faculty at the Crowden School, SF School of the Arts and the SF Conservatory (composition and musicianship). He’s had new work premiered by the Berkeley Opera, the Crucible, the Berkeley Symphony, and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble. As a bassist, he’s worked with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Art Lande, and Tom Waits. Clark runs the Berkeley Jazz Workshops, a forum for jazz musicians developing their skills that has been a fixture in Berkeley for more than thirty years.

Start: October 12, 2014 2:00 pm
End: October 12, 2014 4:00 pm

October 18, 2014

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Jason Levis SATURDAYS, OCTOBER 18 & 25, 3:15 PM

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.

Saturdays, October 18 and 25,
3:15 – 5:15pm
$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: October 18, 2014 3:15 pm
End: October 18, 2014 5:15 pm

October 19, 2014

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Maye Cavallaro SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 12 PM

The American Songbook is a collection of popular music from Broadway and Hollywood musicals prevalent from the 1920s to 1960s. In this workshop we’ll explore how to express the themes of these timeless songs, including phrasing, dynamics and tone, tempos and how to sing a song so that it tells your own story. One month before the workshop, students will be given a choice of six songs, from which they will select two songs to work on. We’ll be joined by pianist and arranger Mike Greensill. Class limited to 6 performers but is open to auditors. Consultation required.

Sunday, October 19, noon – 3pm
$100 advance • $115 day of workshop, please call 510.845.5373 to register.
$50 for auditors, available online

Wesla Whitfield inhabits that indeterminate zone where jazz and cabaret meet. Trained in classical music and opera, Whitfield has toiled for more than three decades to become one of the most gifted performers breathing life into that exquisite body of Broadway tunes, movie songs and Hit Parade numbers. Working with pianist/ arranger Mike Greensill, the two released their 19th recording, “Message From the Man in the Moon.” More at weslawhitfield.com

Mike Greensill, in addition to his work with Wesla, has also had the pleasure of accompanying
such diverse talents as Rita Moreno, Margaret Whiting, Broadway stars Lillias White and Franc D’Ambrosio and jazz singers Madeline Eastman, Ann Hampton Callaway and Opie Bellas. In January 2014, Mike published his magnum opus, “Playing for Singers.” In it, he brings his many years of accompanying experience to bear in exploring the accompanist’s art as it applies to the performance of the “Great American Songbook.” Read more at mikegreensill.com

Start: October 19, 2014 12:00 pm
End: October 19, 2014 3:00 pm

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The Improvisor’s Seminar • 3 SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 12, 19 & 26, 2 PM

This workshop series explains how to improvise with a lead-sheet using real world examples from solos by John Coltrane and others. It departs from the often-used approach of “see this chord, play this scale” and gets into the actual vocabulary of jazz in a way that is easily understood and accessible. Visiting musicians demonstrate some of the approaches under discussion, and students listen to audio recordings. No need to bring instruments to this seminar. Discussion topics include:

  • How to play on standards.
  • What it means to “play in a key.”
  • How to recognize the key you’re in, even if it’s not obvious.
  • How playing in a key, rather than from chord-to-chord, is part of the jazz tradition.
  • How to practice so all this gets more intuitive and more fun.

3 Sundays, 2 – 4pm
October 12, 19 and 26
$90 advance • $105 day of workshop

Clark Suprynowicz is a Bay Area composer and music teacher who has been faculty at the Crowden School, SF School of the Arts and the SF Conservatory (composition and musicianship). He’s had new work premiered by the Berkeley Opera, the Crucible, the Berkeley Symphony, and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble. As a bassist, he’s worked with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Art Lande, and Tom Waits. Clark runs the Berkeley Jazz Workshops, a forum for jazz musicians developing their skills that has been a fixture in Berkeley for more than thirty years.

Start: October 19, 2014 2:00 pm
End: October 19, 2014 4:00 pm

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Frank Martin SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2 PM

Celtic jazz is part of an “ethno-jazz” movement currently developing in Europe and worldwide. In this unique workshop, instructors Melanie O’Reilly & Frank Martin illustrate the dialogue between the two great traditions of jazz and Irish traditional music, through songs and instrumentals. Tracing the basic elements of the roots of the rich and diverse Irish music tradition, they explore how uplifting Irish instrumental rhythms can be integrated into swing, jazz waltz and Latin rhythms, while also demonstrating how Irish “lilting” (Irish “mouth music”) can be developed and inspire vocal scat. Modal harmonic ideas are demonstrated, illustrating how modes such as Aolian, Dorian, Mixolydian, used in Irish music, can be woven into jazz themes. Finally, the bridging of the melodic tradition of Ireland with contemporary harmony and arrangements illustrating how this “fusion” brings a fresh, new and exciting collaboration — a true Atlantic bridge!

Sunday, October 19, 2 – 4pm
$40 advance • $55 day of workshop

Frank Martin has served as music director for Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin, appeared at Carnegie Hall with Sting, James Taylor and Elton John, and produced records for Al Jarreau, Turtle Island String Quartet, and Joey DeFrancesco. He has performed or recorded with John McLaughlin, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, and many others. See Frank’s bio at frankmartinproductions.com.

Melanie O’Reilly is recognized as one of Ireland’s international jazz ambassadors and celtic jazz pioneers. She tours extensively throughout the world and has become known and respected as a radio presenter/producer. See Melanie’s bio at melanieoreilly.com.

Start: October 19, 2014 2:00 pm
End: October 19, 2014 4:00 pm

October 25, 2014

jason-levis

Jason Levis SATURDAYS, OCTOBER 18 & 25, 3:15 PM

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.

Saturdays, October 18 and 25,
3:15 – 5:15pm
$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: October 25, 2014 3:15 pm
End: October 25, 2014 5:15 pm

October 26, 2014

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Bob Karty SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 11:30 AM

Transcribing music from recordings is an essential practice with many benefits for aspiring musicians. In this workshop, students are introduced both to traditional transcription techniques as well as the various notation and playback computer programs now available. Instructor demonstrates techniques using Sibelius notation software and Transcribe!, an inexpensive software program which allows you to loop and adjust the speed and EQ of selected recordings for transcription purposes.

Bay Area pianist Bob Karty is well known for his work with several top Brazilian and Latin jazz musicians including Ray Obiedo and Pete Escovedo. He is a founding member of Orquesta La Moderna Tradición and teaches jazz and salsa piano.

Start: October 26, 2014 11:30 am
End: October 26, 2014 1:30 pm

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Ellen Johnson SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 12 PM

Billie Holiday “Lady Day” and Lester Young “Prez” had one of the most special musical relationships in the history of jazz. From the late 1930s, the two made music together that transcended into a perfect dance, often anticipating the other’s movements before they happened. This workshop explores the rich repertoire that became famous as a result of their enigmatic relationship. This is an opportunity to sing and play through the songs and analyze what contributes to the success of a musical partnership. Students are provided with several lead sheets of the classic songs that Lady Day and Prez performed together. Open to both vocalists and instrumentalists.

Ellen Johnson is an accomplished vocalist, educator, lyricist and author of the biography, Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan (published by Rowman & Littlefield). She has performed and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Louie Bellson, Charles McPherson, Sheila Jordan, Don Braden and Roy McCurdy. Her newest release, “Form & formless,” features guitarists Larry Koonse and John Stowell.

Don Braden has toured the world leading his own ensembles, as a special guest, and as a sideman with greats such as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes and many others. He has composed music for everything from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings (including 18 CDs as a leader and over 80 as a sideman), film and television, and worked several years as composer for Bill Cosby. He is also a world renowned educator, having spent nearly two decades giving master classes at countless schools and universities, and running first class educational programs

Start: October 26, 2014 12:00 pm
End: October 26, 2014 3:00 pm

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The Improvisor’s Seminar • 3 SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 12, 19 & 26, 2 PM

This workshop series explains how to improvise with a lead-sheet using real world examples from solos by John Coltrane and others. It departs from the often-used approach of “see this chord, play this scale” and gets into the actual vocabulary of jazz in a way that is easily understood and accessible. Visiting musicians demonstrate some of the approaches under discussion, and students listen to audio recordings. No need to bring instruments to this seminar. Discussion topics include:

  • How to play on standards.
  • What it means to “play in a key.”
  • How to recognize the key you’re in, even if it’s not obvious.
  • How playing in a key, rather than from chord-to-chord, is part of the jazz tradition.
  • How to practice so all this gets more intuitive and more fun.

3 Sundays, 2 – 4pm
October 12, 19 and 26
$90 advance • $105 day of workshop

Clark Suprynowicz is a Bay Area composer and music teacher who has been faculty at the Crowden School, SF School of the Arts and the SF Conservatory (composition and musicianship). He’s had new work premiered by the Berkeley Opera, the Crucible, the Berkeley Symphony, and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble. As a bassist, he’s worked with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Art Lande, and Tom Waits. Clark runs the Berkeley Jazz Workshops, a forum for jazz musicians developing their skills that has been a fixture in Berkeley for more than thirty years.

Start: October 26, 2014 2:00 pm
End: October 26, 2014 4:00 pm

Ian-Faquini

Ian Faquini SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2 PM

This workshop covers basic guitar chord shapes and progressions common in Brazilian music by examining the songs of great composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Baden Powell, Dorival Caymmi and others. The instructor also demonstrates essential Brazilian rhythms including bossa nova, samba, baiao, frevo, and toada. Prerequisites: Students should have some experience with basic chords and an interest in Brazilian music.

Ian Faquini is a Brazilian composer, guitarist, and singer. He has studied with many influential Brazilian musicians including Guinga, Marcus Tardelli, Lula Galvao, Chico Pinheiro and others. Ian teaches regularly at the California Brazil Camp.

Start: October 26, 2014 2:00 pm
End: October 26, 2014 4:00 pm

November 2, 2014

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Linda Tillery SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER 2, 9 & 16, 11 AM

Join Linda Tillery in a unique opportunity to learn, sing and feel the music that developed through the songs and rhythms of the African Diaspora. Participants learn African- American Spirituals, Field Hollers, Work Songs, Children’s Play Songs, Ring Shouts, Gospel and music from the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina. Series includes singing, hand clapping, stick pounding and some traditional dance. Video and audio recordings are also presented to stimulate in-depth discussions. There will be a lot of singing and the more people that attend, the more powerful the experience will be. Open to all levels.

Sundays,
November 2, 9 and 16,
11am – 1pm
$150 advance • $165 day of workshop

Linda Tillery is a 47-year veteran vocalist, percussionist, Grammynominated producer, cultural historian and the founder and artistic director of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. She has conducted workshops with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, the MIT Concert Choir, Spelman College Concert Choir, Xarxa Gospel Choir (Barcelona), Muse Choir of Cincinnati and the Oakland Youth Chorus. She has taught classes at Stanford University, Williams College, Pacific School of Religion and the California Institute for Integral Studies. As a vocalist and percussionist, she has performed on over 75 recordings and has produced 15+ recordings.

Start: November 2, 2014 11:00 am
End: November 2, 2014 1:00 pm

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Jacob Zimmerman SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2 PM

Students of all levels can benefit from this workshop on how to creatively avoid the overwhelming monotony of “head-solos-head.” By listening to and studying transcriptions of classic recordings, we look at how to employ devices like shout choruses, modulations, tempo changes, intros, codas, send-offs, backgrounds, tags, vamps, interludes, trading, breaks/stop-time and more. Students receive transcriptions of arrangements by Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Tadd Dameron, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, and others. Instructor also guides students through the craft of spontaneous arranging “on-the-fly.”

Seattle-based alto saxophonist and composer Jacob Zimmerman studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, and Mills College. His teachers have included Roscoe Mitchell, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. Jacob was recognized as the “2013 Emerging Artist of Year”
by Earshot Jazz.

Start: November 2, 2014 2:00 pm
End: November 2, 2014 4:00 pm

November 8, 2014

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WIL BLADES SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 3:15 PM

A history of the jazz organ and an introduction to basic performance techniques with Wil Blades, one of the top Hammond B-3 masters of his generation! Open to all.

Twice named Rising Star in the DownBeat Critics Poll, Wil Blades is the Bay Area’s first-call organist and has performed or recorded with famed jazz, blues and funk artists including Billy Martin, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Dayna Stephens and many others.

Start: November 8, 2014 3:15 pm
End: November 8, 2014 5:15 pm

November 9, 2014

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Linda Tillery SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER 2, 9 & 16, 11 AM

Join Linda Tillery in a unique opportunity to learn, sing and feel the music that developed through the songs and rhythms of the African Diaspora. Participants learn African- American Spirituals, Field Hollers, Work Songs, Children’s Play Songs, Ring Shouts, Gospel and music from the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina. Series includes singing, hand clapping, stick pounding and some traditional dance. Video and audio recordings are also presented to stimulate in-depth discussions. There will be a lot of singing and the more people that attend, the more powerful the experience will be. Open to all levels.

Sundays,
November 2, 9 and 16,
11am – 1pm
$150 advance • $165 day of workshop

Linda Tillery is a 47-year veteran vocalist, percussionist, Grammynominated producer, cultural historian and the founder and artistic director of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. She has conducted workshops with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, the MIT Concert Choir, Spelman College Concert Choir, Xarxa Gospel Choir (Barcelona), Muse Choir of Cincinnati and the Oakland Youth Chorus. She has taught classes at Stanford University, Williams College, Pacific School of Religion and the California Institute for Integral Studies. As a vocalist and percussionist, she has performed on over 75 recordings and has produced 15+ recordings.

Start: November 9, 2014 11:00 am
End: November 9, 2014 1:00 pm

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Honky-Tonk, Western Swing & Country Piano SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 11 AM

This workshop covers the basic rhythms and vocabulary of honky-tonk, Western swing and country piano. Through listening, instructor demonstration, and playing transcriptions at the keyboard, students become familiar with the “Ray Price shuffle,” the classic Hank Williams two-beat, Bob Wills’ swing style, the country waltz, and more. Floyd Cramer’s famous “slip-note” style, walk-ups and walk-downs, and other quintessential licks and tricks of the trade are also covered in this fun and lively workshop. Prerequisites: Ability to read and play basic parts handstogether; familiarity with major triads.

Sunday, November 9, 11am – 1:30pm
$40 advance • $55 day of workshop

Jennifer Jolly is a keyboardist specializing in New Orleans R&B, blues, boogie-woogie, African, Caribbean, R&B, funk, honky-tonk, rock, and other rhythmic styles. She teaches at the Jazzschool and the Cazadero Family Camp, and performs with Baba Ken & Kotoja, Zulu Spear, and Big B & His Snake Oil Saviors, among others.

Start: November 9, 2014 11:00 am
End: November 9, 2014 1:30 pm

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Ben Stolorow SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2 PM

This workshop for intermediate to advanced students introduces a melodic approach to comping. Participants gain an understanding of how to apply various kinds of movement to a variety of voicings to work towards being able to comp melodically in a range of harmonic situations. Fluency with 3-note voicings is recommended.

Ben Stolorow is a graduate of UC Berkeley and an in-demand pianist in the Bay Area. He performs regularly with his trio and recently released “Duocracy” with trumpeter Ian Carey.

Start: November 9, 2014 2:00 pm
End: November 9, 2014 4:00 pm

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Jeff Massanari SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2 PM

Learn to effectively harmonize melodies and create arrangements for solo guitar in this hands-on workshop. Using his own arrangements as a guide, ace guitarist Jeff Massanari covers basic approaches to developing chord melodies using standard voicings and presents a range of techniques for creating richer and more complex arrangements. Topics covered include counterpoint, inner line movement, alternative voicings and reharmonization. Prerequisites: students should know basic 6th and 5th string root jazz chords (major 7th, -7b5) and have some ability to read music.

Jeff Massanari is a Bay Area-based guitarist who has studied at Berklee College of Music and performed with Mark Inouye and the San Francisco Symphony, Kenny Washington, Pamela Rose, Wally Schnalle, Mary Wilson, Keely Smith, Kim Nalley and Denise Perrier. Read more at jeffmassanari.com.

Start: November 9, 2014 2:00 pm
End: November 9, 2014 4:00 pm

November 15, 2014

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Anton Schwartz SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 3:15 PM

This workshop delves deeply into one of the most widely-played of all the jazz standards: a classic by Harry Warren. We examine the song’s harmony in ways that will directly help us improvise over it, discussing the chord progression on both a micro level (how each chord leads to the next) and a big-picture level (how they all work together to form a coherent song). Suggestions are given for ways to mentally simplify the song’s structure, as well as a variety of neat harmonic tricks to embellish the chord changes. Students have the option to improvise over the song and get critiqued, with recommendations given for a direct path to improvement. Prerequisites: facility on a melodic instrument or vocals. Knowledge of basic harmony, including major, minor and mixolydian scales. Suggested: some familiarity with There Will Never Be Another You, and with altered and half-diminished chords. Bring your instrument (optional).

With home bases in both Seattle and Oakland, saxophonist Anton Schwartz has won critical acclaim for each of four albums released since 1998. He has performed across the country in major venues from the Monterey Jazz Festival to Yoshi’s, SFJAZZ, Blues Alley and the Blue Note in New York. Education is a key focus and Anton has taught at Harvard University, the Jazzschool, Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Brubeck Institute. See Anton’s bio at antonjazz.com.

Start: November 15, 2014 3:15 pm
End: November 15, 2014 5:15 pm

November 16, 2014

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Linda Tillery SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER 2, 9 & 16, 11 AM

Join Linda Tillery in a unique opportunity to learn, sing and feel the music that developed through the songs and rhythms of the African Diaspora. Participants learn African- American Spirituals, Field Hollers, Work Songs, Children’s Play Songs, Ring Shouts, Gospel and music from the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina. Series includes singing, hand clapping, stick pounding and some traditional dance. Video and audio recordings are also presented to stimulate in-depth discussions. There will be a lot of singing and the more people that attend, the more powerful the experience will be. Open to all levels.

Sundays,
November 2, 9 and 16,
11am – 1pm
$150 advance • $165 day of workshop

Linda Tillery is a 47-year veteran vocalist, percussionist, Grammynominated producer, cultural historian and the founder and artistic director of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. She has conducted workshops with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, the MIT Concert Choir, Spelman College Concert Choir, Xarxa Gospel Choir (Barcelona), Muse Choir of Cincinnati and the Oakland Youth Chorus. She has taught classes at Stanford University, Williams College, Pacific School of Religion and the California Institute for Integral Studies. As a vocalist and percussionist, she has performed on over 75 recordings and has produced 15+ recordings.

Start: November 16, 2014 11:00 am
End: November 16, 2014 1:00 pm

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Anton Schwartz SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 11 AM

These two chords provide rich colors that are essential to the palette of intermediate and advanced jazz players. This workshop takes a deep look at the chords and their accompanying scales, examining how each is constructed, why they are constructed that way and how they may be used to maximal effect. Their sounds are contrasted within the context of jazz (e.g. when should one be used rather than the other?) by listening to examples of their use. Additional topics include: different types of “outness”; and lydian dominant, the “sister” of the altered sound. This workshop is appropriate for students with little prior exposure to the subject, as well as students familiar with melodic minor and diminished harmony who wish to deepen their understanding. Prerequisite: an understanding of basic theory and the mixolydian & diminished scales.

Start: November 16, 2014 11:00 am
End: November 16, 2014 1:45 pm

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Anton Schwartz SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2:15 PM

A deep look at suspended dominant chords, this workshop discusses how they operate by listening to examples of their use. Topics include: traditional versus modern use, sus-flat-9, sus-add-3, relation to II-V-I progressions, techniques for improvisation. Prerequisite: basic music theory.

Start: November 16, 2014 2:15 pm
End: November 16, 2014 4:15 pm

November 23, 2014

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Louis ArmstrongSUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

For both musicians and fans, renowned pianist Larry Vuckovich offers a unique workshop highlighting the history of jazz piano. Larry features recordings of the masters and demonstrates their signature styles on the piano. Though not as well-known, but equally talented, as other popular piano masters of the time, the pianists in this group recorded and performed in the company of such greats as Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and other jazz giants. They left their mark on jazz history, leaving a strong imprint of their individual voices on the piano. Includes: Herman Chittison, Billy Kyle, Ralph Sutton, Johnny Guarneri, Al Haig, Wade Legge/Gil Coggins, Herbie Nichols, Elmo Hope, Hampton Hawes, Carl Perkins, Lou Levy, Victor Feldman, Horace Parlan, Duke Pearson, Albert Dailey, Sir Roland Hanna, Terry Pollard and Jutta Hipp.

Larry Vuckovich gained first-hand knowledge from performances and 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.

Start: November 23, 2014 12:00 pm
End: November 23, 2014 3:00 pm

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Jeff Massanari SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2 PM

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.

Start: November 23, 2014 2:00 pm
End: November 23, 2014 4:00 pm

December 5, 2014

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JYMP Performances DECEMBER 5 – 7, VARIOUS TIMES • FREE

JYMP ensembles take the stage for their end-of-quarter performance series. Detailed schedule coming soon!

Start: December 5, 2014
End: December 7, 2014

December 7, 2014

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Paul Mehling SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 11:30 AM

Returning with his popular workshop for musicians and singers of all levels, Mehling demonstrates a range of practice techniques making creative use of the metronome. Improve your productivity and increase your musicianship! Open to all.

Guitarist Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco.

 

Start: December 7, 2014 11:30 am
End: December 7, 2014 1:30 pm

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Paul Mehling SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2 PM

This workshop focuses on various aspects of Gypsy jazz guitar in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Topics include rhythm, picking, scales, arpeggios, chords, soloing, and more. One-on-one evaluation is available to all attendees, with a directed jam at the conclusion of the workshop, time permitting. Bring your instrument, recording device (or paper and pencil) and questions!

Guitarist Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco.

Start: December 7, 2014 2:00 pm
End: December 7, 2014 4:00 pm

December 8, 2014

JCMS Student Performance Series

JCMS Student Performance Series • DECEMBER 8-19, Various Times • FREE

JCMS Adult Program students take the stage for this end-of-quarter performance series. Come hear exciting sets from our many ensemble and vocal courses, including jazz, Brazilian, salsa, R&B and much more. Detailed schedule coming soon!

Start: December 8, 2014
End: December 19, 2014