As winter approaches, we go indoors to do our work. It’s a great time to prepare, study and fine-tune our musical endeavors.
On January 25, composer, pianist, singer and Berklee College of Music professor Peter Eldridge will perform in concert, followed the next day with a masterclass. After his workshop students can stay on for our monthly Vocal Jam Session, hosted by Angharad Jones. Former Bay Area resident Diane Witherspoon will perform as well as present a workshop drawn on her experience as an international jazz singer. A pioneering professor of vocal jazz mentored by David Baker, Dr. Jeri Brown makes her Jazzschool debut with a concert and workshop.
On March 23, Ed Reed returns for a workshop on how to get Inside the Lyrics. At 85 years old, he certainly knows how to do this! We are also thrilled to welcome Kenneth Helman to the vocal program. Having worked as Sting’s vocal coach, he’s now teaching private lessons at the Jazzschool Institute and begins his first quarter in our community music school with a “Glee-style” course for teens, focused on Broadway in all its forms. This will start a new branch of study in the Jazzschool Young Musicians Program.
Our Latin curriculum is vibrant with courses on Latin Standards, Salsa Singing and Bossa Nova for Jazz Singers. The R&B wing of the department is rockin’ with Raz Kennedy at the helm, while Pamela Rose continues to lay down the blues with a new course on Willie Dixon. Maye Cavallaro continues her popular composer series and elder stateswoman Faith Winthrop continues her course For the Love of Singing. All performance classes include a show at the end of the quarter that’s open to the public.
Beginners and professionals alike will benefit from the range we offer, from Beginning Jazz Singing with Ellen Johnson to The Contemporary Jazz Singer taught by yours truly. Please review the course and workshop descriptions (most are open to all) and contact me with questions at email@example.com.
Director, Jazzschool Community Music School Vocal Program