October 20, 2013
Jazz pianists from Art Tatum through Mulgrew Miller have played “drop 2,” a technique that creates rich harmonies using a maximum of four notes. Mark Levine demonstrates, explains, and shows you how to get started with incorporating “drop 2” technique into your playing.
Blues and rhythm changes continue to be the most commonly played chord progressions in jazz, largely because they are both highly pliable forms open to reinterpretation. In this workshop, Grammy-nominated pianist/educator Mark Levine guides students through basic, intermediate, and advanced concepts covering the various chord changes that are played, voicings great pianists use, solo ideas, blues waltzes, blues with different changes, alternate rhythm changes, and much more.
Grammy-nominated pianist Mark Levine is the author of The Jazz Piano Book, The Jazz Theory Book, and The Drop 2 Book (Sher Publications). He has performed with Woody Shaw, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Henderson, Willie Bobo, Bobby Hutcherson, Moacir Santos, Freddie Hubbard, Cal Tjader, Wallace Roney, Tito Puente, Milt Jackson, Francisco Aguabella, Harold Land and David Liebman.
Vocalist Larry Cruz celebrates his birthday with an afternoon jazz concert. The performance will include jazz ballads, swingin’ tunes, and a few surprises. Larry will be joined by great Bay Area musicians Lee Bloom, musical director and pianist, Jeff Neighbor on bass and Jack Dorsey on drums.
About Larry Cruz
Larry Cruz found music and his voice late in life. It wasn’t until his late 50’s that Larry took his singing out of the shower and onto the stage. After a few classes and singing in the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Larry soon discovered jazz and the great American standards…he knew he found his calling. Larry’s living proof that it’s never too late to find a passion or fulfill a dream. He’s studied with Sandy Cressman, Madeline Eastman, Laurie Antoniolli and Maye Cavallaro. He’s also a proud Jazz Camper where he was selected for the Vocal Intensive and performed in public for the first time.