All keyboardists benefit from a solid foundation in the blues. Whether you play jazz, R&B/soul, gospel, funk, rock, or country, the blues is part of what you do. In this class you’ll learn how to develop that wonderful bluesy sound in your playing. Topics include blues forms and styles, rhythms, bass lines, licks, improvisation techniques, influential players, and classic tunes. Jam together in every class, learn essential grooves, and play transcribed excerpts from the greats. All are welcome, from students new to the blues to pro players. Materials provided by instructor.
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
4/9 – 6/4 (9 weeks)
Jennifer Jolly • $375
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.