November 17, 2013
This is a gathering for strong, committed singers as well as vocal teachers who want to be more engaged in improvisation with their students. With a circle of other talented singers and teachers, all open to the power of improvisation, our work can go deep! We will devote our energy to uncovering how improvisation can change lives for singers, vocal students and teachers. Improvisation is a beautiful musical force and a wonderful lifechanging tool, because it propels us to stay awake and present in every moment. In order to have a rich palette of musical colors to work with, we will also talk about how technical skills intersect personal development and spiritual practice.
Rhiannon is a unique and extraordinary vocalist, performance artist, composer and master teacher whose musical vision embraces jazz, a cappella, improvisation, world music and storytelling. Her most recent book is Vocal River, a story of passionate commitment to music. In it she shares her exuberance, her craft, and her fresh insights into the dimensions and gifts of improvisation, including 27 detailed exercises.
October 27, 2013
October 13, 2013
Take the stage and sing the blues with a killer band! Hosted by acclaimed vocalist Pamela Rose, this special Jazzschool vocal jam session is open to all singers. Please arrive by 6:30 to sign up to sing. No charts needed, but singers should be prepared to explain the form of their song in a few words (e.g. “12-bar blues in the key of F, shuffle”).
Pamela Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist and educator who thrills audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. Rose is that rare breed of entertainer who connects solidly with her audience by always delivering a personal and unforgettable musical experience. Pamela’s Blues Vocal Workshops at the Jazzschool are always filled to the brim, and she loves teaching singers how to sit in with blues bands!
About the band:
Garth Webber is a legendary blues guitarist. He has toured and performed with Gregg Allman, Bill Champlin, Lydia Pense, Pamela Rose, Robben and Mark Ford, Miles Davis and Mose Allison, among others.
Chicago born Willie Riser is the first call bassist for touring blues legends Otis Clay, Carla Thomas, Lady Bianca, Frank Biner, Jules Broussard, Jackie Payne, & Ernie Johnson.
Drummer Rob Rhodes is a regular Jazzschool Blues Vocal Funshop accompanist, and has performed with Ledisi, Mary Wilson, Ed Kelly, Roy Obiedo, Denise Perrier and Faye Carol.
The workshop begins by finding the “dance” of 5/4 which is everything! You’ll work on getting 5 in your body before playing or singing. We’ll spend time clapping, moving and counting in 5/4, with the goal being to remove any fear. It’s no different from any other rhythm, once your body feels the groove! A variety of ways to play 5/4 will be explored, with examples from Horace Silver, Milton Nascimento, Brad Mehldau, Alex Acuna, Michel Camilo, Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin and songs the instructor has arranged for other artists. We will also explore polyrhythms, phrasing 5/4 and 5/8 over a 4/4 groove. For all instrumentalists and singers.
September 29, 2013
As Dorothy Parker once said, “I hate writing, I love having written.” Song writing can feel the same way, but it can also be one of the most rewarding forms of self-expression. This workshop, led by twin brothers David and Daniel Bailen with pianist Pierre Piscitelli, explores the construction of a melody and how it relates to song structure. Drawing from classic standards from the American songbook up to modern popular music, The Bailen Brothers string a thread through common trends and provide tools one can use to build a melody and create hooks. In this workshop you will hear the deconstruction of both original and classic compositions as they pertain to melody and song structure, and you will even have the opportunity to write a song of your own with the group. Open to all! thebailenbrothers.com
Prepare to be amused, amazed and totally besotted with the wonderful lyrics of Sammy Cahn. He was nominated for 23 Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, an Emmy and a Grammy. Cahn wrote romantic lyrics for the songs “All The Way,” and “I Fall in Love Too Easily.” He wrote swingers like “Come Fly With Me,” “I Should Care,” and “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow,” and countless others sung by all the jazz and pop greats. In this 3-part workshop we’ll explore the music of several different composers all with lyrics by Cahn. We’ll also listen to how some jazz greats have interpreted these songs and get ideas for our own arrangements. Instructor provides 10 lead sheets for songs including practice-backing tracks. An accompanist joins the group during the third session, for students to perform arrangement ideas.
A warm, charismatic stage performer and accomplished musician, Maye Cavallaro has traveled extensively in Japan and the U.S., both performing and teaching. She has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Area at clubs such as Yoshi’s, The Great American Music Hall, The Plush Room, Sweetwater and Kimball’s.
September 22, 2013
The Jazzschool is very pleased to host a day-long workshop with Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, three of the most highly acclaimed young vocalists and songwriters in New York, collectively known as TILLERY.
Participants have the opportunity to discuss and develop approaches to songwriting, band leading and performance in an intimate setting with these three renowned and accomplished musicians.
Meet new friends and get inspired in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere!
For all levels! Max enrollment: 15
10 am – 3 pm (with a break for lunch)
$150 advance purchase/$165 day of the workshop
Rebecca Martin is a widely respected two-decade veteran whose vocal and songwriting talents have allowed her to effortlessly straddle the worlds of jazz and pop. She’s released half a dozen acclaimed albums, on which she’s worked with many of jazz’s most esteemed players, including Brian Blade, Paul Motian, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Martin’s husband, bassist Larry Grenadier.
Gretchen Parlato is one of the jazz world’s most celebrated rising vocalists. She first rose to prominence when she finished in first place in the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Since then, she’s released three solo albums, as well as lending her voice to more than 50 albums, including high-profile releases by Kenny Barron, Terence Blanchard, Lionel Loueke and Esperanza Spalding.
Becca Stevens has quickly emerged as one of the jazz scene’s brightest young lights. In addition to releasing two albums of her original compositions with the Becca Stevens Band, she has sung with Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, and performed and/or recorded with such esteemed musicians as Taylor Eigsti, Eric Harland and Brad Mehldau.
September 15, 2013
This participatory workshop with acclaimed Brazilian singer Dani Gurgel focuses on how to sing and interpret the Portuguese language for effective performance of Brazilian vocal music. Vocal technique is also addressed.
Singer-songwriter Dani Gurgel makes modern Brazilian music. After playing various musical instruments, Dani found the one she loves best — her voice! She joins beautiful lyrics with the precision of an instrumentalist. danigurgel.com.br
August 25, 2013
The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.
$5 – $10 sliding scale
August 12, 2013 – August 17, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 8pm
A weeklong program designed to help singers define, create and perform in a distinctive and authentic style. Jazz singing is like a tree that can grow branches in many genres; with roots firmly grounded, this unique intensive emphasizes the technical, creative and spiritual aspects of singing and serves as a catalyst for artistic growth no matter where your path leads.
The performance on Saturday, August 17 is open to the public and takes place at the Jazzschool, click here for tickets.
Limit: 10 students
Open to intermediate to advanced singers.
Tuition • $850
August 12 – 17, 2013
10am – 4:30pm
Culminates with a Performance in the Jazzschool Concert Series
For more information about the Jazzschool Vocal Intensive, contact Laurie Antonioli: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Jazzschool Institute students can receive one elective credit.