This new class for pianists focuses on the art of listening while performing. What to listen for in order to make your own most effective contribution to the music and also to keep from getting lost! Each week we’ll listen to pianists in various idioms and find the magic in each setting. We’ll also explore ways of learning songs by ear, as an alternative to relying on charts and fake books. Students play in class each week. Prerequisites: functional keyboard technique, some knowledge of jazz harmony.
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
4/10 – 6/5 (9 weeks)
Frank Martin • $375
Frank Martin (piano, keyboards)
Music Director for Narada Michael Walden, Patti Austin, Angela Bofill; Carnegie Hall appearances with Sting, James Taylor, Elton John; Record producer/arranger for Al Jarreau, Turtle Island String Quartet, Joey DeFrancesco, Mimi Fox, Mary Jenson, Molly Holm, Deuce, Tuck & Patti, Karen Blixt; performed/recorded with John McLaughlin, Buddy Montgomery, Joe Farrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Airto, Dori Caymmi, Dianne Reeves, Patrice Rushen, Trilok Gurtu, Richard Bona; Faculty, UC Berkeley Jazz Ensembles.