This hands-on class explores the role of keyboards in music styles around the globe, examining one style or region per week. A great resource for gigging keyboardists, arrangers, songwriters, and anyone wanting to expand their stylistic vocabulary and break out of familiar playing patterns. Some of the styles covered may include reggae, calypso/ soca, Arabic pop, South African jazz, bhangra/Bollywood, Afrobeat (and the very current Afrobeats style), cumbia, zouk, contra dance music, or salsa. Handouts provided by instructor. Prerequisites: basic piano playing and reading proficiency; familiarity with basic chords and scales
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
1/8 – 3/12 (10 weeks)
Jennifer Jolly • $415
Jennifer Jolly (piano, keyboards)
B.A. UC Berkeley. Keyboardist, melodica player, vocalist, composer, and educator (keyboards, world music, improvisation). Specialty in New Orleans R&B, African, Caribbean, blues, soul/funk, rock, Americana, jam bands, country swing, Cajun/zydeco, groove/percussive and improvisational music. Currently performing with Zulu Spear, Babá Ken Okulolo & Friends, Big B and His Snake Oil Saviors, The Jolly Gibsons, and several reggae/ska, blues/R&B, and Americana groups; frequent sub with Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Current accompanist for choruses, churches, and musical theater productions. Previous performance credits include Phil Lesh, Kotoja, Barbara Dane, and Hot Links. Long-time faculty instructor at the CJC, Cazadero Family Camp, after-school programs, and private studio. Secondary instruments include steel drums, flute, and percussion.