January 19, 2014
Jerome Kern was the composer of beautiful melodies that are just as fresh and inventive today. Kern penned over 700 songs for both the stage and movies and in 1970 was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein to compose one of the first modern musicals, Show Boat, that featured an integrated story and songs, introducing such memorable tunes as “Ol Man River” and “Can’t Help Loving Dat Man.” Kern’s classic compositions include ‘”The Way You Look Tonight,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” and “All The Things You Are.” We’ll explore and sing Kern’s music, listen to how jazz greats have interpreted these songs and get ideas for our own arrangements! Students are provided with 10 lead sheets, including practice-backing tracks. In the final week we’ll work with an accompanist.
January 26, 2014
New York-based vocalist and educator Peter Eldridge will work with each student individually, on all aspects of singing from interpretation and technique to improvisation and arranging. Eldridge is rarely in the Bay Area and participants will have a wonderful opportunity to gain direct feedback and coaching from one of the absolute best. Please bring two songs to work on.
A founding member of the New York Voices, singer, songwriter and producer Peter Eldridge has been on faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1993. While maintaining a full-time performing career, he also enjoys teaching other singers. Many of his students, most notably Jane Monheit, have gone on to major careers in the industry. To learn more about him, visit petereldridge.com.
February 9, 2014
Whether you work in your hometown or in faraway places, a singer must have a diverse repertoire, know how to put together a show, know what to wear and how to create a personal book of songs that will “translate” no matter what country they’re in. Understanding the audience, using proper microphone technique and leading the band are also key components of being well prepared. Students will hear a brief lecture and then will have the opportunity to sing with an accompanist, for critique and input from Diane Witherspoon. Please ensure the song is memorized and bring three copies of the sheet music.
Based in Las Vegas, singer Diane Witherspoon has recorded extensively since 1988. She has performed throughout the world with jazz greats including Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Henderson, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Morgan, Eric Alexander, Red Holloway, John Clayton, Calvin Keys, John Heard, Roy McCurdy and many others.
February 16, 2014
This masterclass provides a great opportunity for jazz vocal students to gain high-level guidance from Jeri Brown. The focus will be on artistry through interpretation, including such topics as vocal styling, phrasing, rhythmic diversity, improvisation and diction. Students will perform in front of their peers in a relaxed setting and receive feedback. After a short performance, Jeri will invite students to participate through solo singing, jamming and other group activities.
Professor Jeri Brown has earned a reputation as one of the outstanding vocalists and educators in jazz. Her performances include collaborations with Dr. Billy Taylor, Betty Carter, Joe Lovano, Leon Thomas, Kenny Werner, John Hicks, Fred Hersch, Kenny Wheeler, Jimmy Rowles, Seamus Blake, Kirk Lightsey, Ellis Marsalis, Erik Truffaz, David Murray, Cyrus Chestnut and many others.
February 23, 2014
Unleash your imagination in a fun, supportive and interactive environment using free vocal improvisation. With simple exercises that incorporate music, sound, language, movement, and rhythm you’ll learn to be spontaneous and inventive. Improvisation teaches you how to stay in the moment, adapt quickly and improve problem solving, communication and teamwork. These skills can reduce inhibition and crank up creativity! Open to singers and instrumentalists of all levels.
Why does one singer captivate, while others leave you flat? What do some singers do to engage the audience? How can we make our music a reflection of our unique experiences — and express our feelings in a musical context? This course develops our songs and our selves for a powerful, confident performance! Topics include choosing the right song; using various grooves, tempos and arrangements; learning and memorizing the melody and lyrics; phrasing; communicating with an accompanist; and stage presence. Weeks 2 through 3 include a professional accompanist, while the last two classes and performance will have a trio. Weeks 3 through 5 include a professional accompanist, while the last class and performance will have a trio. For intermediate to advanced singers. Prerequisite: consultation with instructor.
Sundays 12 – 3pm
2/23 – 3/23 (5 weeks)
Maye Cavallaro • $445