Theory and Improvisation Workshops

THE JAZZSCHOOL AT CJC

Theory and Improvisation Workshops

Jazzschool-Online Technical Notes
All Jazzschool-Online classes meet online via Zoom. Technical requirements include: computer, tablet or phone with a reliable internet connection. Computer (laptop or desktop) is preferred, but a tablet or phone is also possible, with somewhat limited functionality. Optional for improved sound quality: external microphone, either connected via USB or XLR cable to audio interface. For a budget USB mic option, we recommend the Samson Go, currently retailing for around $50 new. Additional technical requirements are listed for specific classes below.

10-WEEK FALL QUARTER / SEP 21 – DEC 6 / ALL WORKSHOPS VIA ZOOM / ALL TIMES PACIFIC

Anton Schwartz

Playing Bluesy over Jazz Harmony NEW!
with Anton Schwartz

On the 75th Anniversary of Charlie Parker’s first recording session

The jazz masters play blues-based phrases that soar over jazz harmony, seemingly at one with the harmony and simultaneously expressing and obeying an entirely separate logic. The ease of players like Charlie Parker, Kenny Burrell, Oscar Peterson and Stanley Turrentine is deceptive. Perhaps you’ve tried to use the same blues scale that one of them used over a chord progression and found it sounded nowhere as good. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use the power of the blues idiom in your jazz playing. We’ll look at the general principles as well as the specific harmonic tricks necessary to make the blues idiom work over: major chords, “jazz blues” chord changes, turnarounds and other common jazz progressions—developing our musical “intuitions” through exercises we can practice to develop crucial sounds in our ears (and our fingers).Prerequisites: Understanding of basic jazz chord-scale harmony. Familiarity with advanced harmony including altered and diminished chords will be helpful but not required. Instruments recommended (optional)

Saturday, September 26, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
$60 advance, $75 day of workshop
Anton Schwartz

Thea Farhadian

Free Improvisation: Extending Your Musical Vocabulary NEW!
with Thea Farhadian
Are you interested in improvising more freely, and adding more sounds and approaches to your improvising? In this workshop we will focus on abstract improvisation, and experiment with musical structures and “games” to open up playing and fresh avenues for creative music making. We will work with graphic scores, gesture conducting, extended technique, and more – there’s plenty of room for bringing your own musical genre, and merging it with the class material. We will work together as a larger group, and also smaller groups of trios and duos.

Saturday, October 10, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
$45 advance, $60 day of workshop
Thea Farhadian

10-WEEK FALL QUARTER / SEP 21 – DEC 6 / ALL WORKSHOPS VIA ZOOM / ALL TIMES PACIFIC

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