Calendar of Events
October 7, 2012
Vibraphonist Mark Sherman’s method guides students through learning the II-V-I progression in all keys using various drills for voicing and mastery of the chords. Utilizing major scales and diminished scales, bebop scales, and the rest of the scale syllabus, these exercises help musicians move quickly towards the understanding and performance of chord changes. The simplicity of the method allows students to learn quickly and begin soloing right away. For all instrumentalists.
$30 advance purchase/$45 day of the workshop
This workshop introduces new techniques for reducing performance anxiety and installing peak performance “scripts” that can be drawn upon in performance. Participants learn about the psychology of performance through traditional sport psychology methods in combination with new brain-based techniques which are taught and demonstrated. Lecture, video clips, guided visualizations and live demos show how performance can be improved. Elements of flow state are identified for incorporation into each participants’ performance plan.
Upon registration, participants will be emailed a 50 page workbook that includes self-assessments to be filled out before the workshop. Live demos will be offered if volunteers step forward.
Dr. Patrick Gannon is a clinical and performance psychologist in SF who works with singers, musicians, athletes and public speakers on performance anxiety and peak performance issues. He has presented his research and workshops in SF, Santa Clara, Portland and Colorado.
Sunday October 7, Noon – 4 pm
$75 advance purchase/$90 day of the workshop
Patrick Gannon, PhD
Easy to Love: The Music of Cole Porter
“I Get a Kick Out of You,” I’ve Got You Under My
Skin,” Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” “Get Out of
Town,” and “I Concentrate on You,” are just a few
of the tunes composed by Cole Porter. It’s difficult to
imagine the American Songbook without this great
composer and lyricist. In this workshop, Maye presents
biographical information and focuses on ten of Porter’s
October 7, 14 and 21, 2012 Noon – 3 pm
$220 advance purchase/$235 day of the workshop
(for each 3-part workshop)
Instructor provides 10 charts and practice tracks for each workshop series. Class time
is spent learning the songs and developing new arrangements. In the 3rd meeting of each series, students work with an accompanist.
Maximum enrollment: 8
Saxophonist Sonya Jason’s TIGRESS band celebrates the innovative jazz fusion artists of the ’70s and ’80s, performing the music of David Sanborn, The Yellowjackets, Grover Washington Jr., Spyro Gyra, Chuck Mangione, George Benson, Gato Barbieri, Jeff Lorber, Michael Brecker, Dave Grusin, The Crusaders, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Weather Report and others.
Featuring Sonya Jason, saxophones; Frank Martin, keyboards; Ken Harrill, electric guitar; Marc Levine, electric bass; Tommie Bradford, drums.
“For those of you who appreciate people who play their butts off, Sonya Jason smashes all hot-sax-diva stereotypes with her sophisticated repertoire and dignified presentation.” — BUZZ Magazine, the Talk of Los Angeles
About Sonya Jason:
Yamaha artist Sonya Jason graduated summa cum laude from acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston. Winner of ASCAP’s Popular Music Award in Composition, she has released three CDs as solo artist and contributed to more than three dozen additional recordings. Jason has led her own bands in thousands of live performances. She has performed or recorded with the Yellowjackets’ bassist Jimmy Haslip, smooth jazz guitarist Grant Geissman, the funky Brothers Johnson, and big band trumpeter Ray Anthony, to name a few. Legendary saxophonist Phil Woods on Jason: “The lady can play! Emotion and fire well-tempered by a sensitive, warm approach. And she’s funky as hell!”