Calendar of Events
February 17, 2013
Upper structure voicings are the spice added to the meat and potatoes of jazz piano voicings. From Bill Evans to Mulgrew Miller, they have become a staple in the jazz pianist’s bag. Students will use Chick Corea’s “Mirror, Mirror” as a workshop tune for applying various upper structure voicings.
Acting for Singers
There are many talented vocalists out there, but when it comes down to it not many are able to reach into their arsenal of skills and pull out a good act. When you step on stage you are an actor. You portray the song and its emotions and you tell a story. In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of stage acting, and how to bring out your inner actor and show the audience that you are capable of another level of performance. Wear comfortable clothes and bring one chart in your key.
February 17, 2013 Noon – 3 pm
$50 advance purchase/$65 day of the workshop
Grammy-nominated pianist/educator Mark Levine introduces students to the harmonic formula employed by John Coltrane in the late 1950s and early 1960s, mastery of which is still considered an essential skill for aspiring jazz musicians. Most famously serving as the harmonic basis for his 1959 composition “Giant Steps,” Coltrane also used the formula as the basis for numerous other original compositions and also as a means of reharmonizing various jazz standards. In this workshop, Levine discusses compositional precursors (the music of Tadd Dameron and Richard Rodgers), and also tracks the influence and continued relevance of “Giant Steps” and other compositions based on John Coltrane’s harmonic formula. Numerous practical applications are discussed.
Saxophonist Howard Wiley presents a tribute to the great Thelonious Monk in this special performance, part of the Jazzschool’s Black History Month celebration. Featuring Mike Aaberg, piano; TBA, bass; and Sly Randolph, drums.