November 2, 2013
A theoretical and practical look at pentatonic (five-note) scales and their role in jazz, paying particular attention to the many ways they can be used to great effect in solos. Instructor lays out the theory behind them from the ground up, showing how they may be used in myriad harmonic contexts, and discusses exactly how it is that such a simple harmonic tool (they are the basis of some of the simplest folk melodies around the world) can be used so powerfully in modern music to create so many colors and degrees of tension and dissonance. Prerequisites: A basic understanding of chords and seven-note scales; familiarity with advanced harmony is desirable.
Jazzschool Vocal Director Laurie Antonioli appears for a rare night of Great American Songbook gems, plus original music that features her lyrics and trademark genre-bending arrangements. A group comprised of the Bay Area’s finest musicians will explore music from Joni Mitchell, Fritz Pauer, Richie Beirach and Wayne Shorter, as well as Broadway show tunes reconfigured on the spot. Featuring Sheldon Brown on saxophone and clarinet, Peter Horvath on piano, John Shifflett on bass and Jason Lewis on drums. laurieantonioli.com