March 23, 2014
Master jazz vocalist Ed Reed guides students through the art of interpreting a lyric. Topics include pronunciation, breathing and phrasing as suggested by the nature of the lyric, as well as methods of communicating the story of the lyric to highlight emotion, nuance and irony. An inspiration to all he meets, Ed Reed leaves an indelible impression. Students of all levels are welcome and each should be prepared to sing a song of their choice, with a professional accompanist.
While Ed Reed has been singing since he was a child, he didn’t release his first album until 2006 at the tender age of 78. He’s since released two others, including I’m A Shy Guy in 2013. Along the way he’s gained recognition from DownBeat as Rising Star Male Vocalist five times from 2008-2013, and the prestigious Jazz Journalists Association named him Local Jazz Hero in 2011. Reed’s ability to get inside a lyric has been noted by numerous reviewers including DownBeat: “When Ed Reed sings, look for an intimate story every time… he establishes a connection to the lyrics and phrasing that is both beautiful and uncanny.”
April 6, 2014
American songwriter Irving Berlin’s career spanned over 60 years. He was the composer of an estimated 1,500 songs, including 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films. Berlin is beloved by singers and instrumentalists alike for his straightforward lyrics and beautiful melodies. His hit compositions include “Blue Skies,” “Puttin’ On the Ritz,” “Heatwave,” “White Christmas,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” among others. 25 of Berlin’s songs reached the top of the charts and were re-recorded by dozens of famous singers and instrumentalists over the years, such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Art Tatum. Students will be provided with 10 lead sheets of Berlin compositions. We will listen to various recordings, learn songs as a group and try out the songs with an accompanist in the final week. All levels welcome, including both singers and instrumentalists.
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.
April 13, 2014
Give your audience more than just songs and technique! Discover the things that can help you deliver great performances with confidence in auditions, showcases, recording sessions and on video. Learn how these elements will keep your audience connected and engaged, creating moments that resonate with them long after the performance. Students will participate and perform with a professional accompanist. Vocalists should bring one lead sheet in your key. Instrumentalists, please bring your instrument and one lead sheet (with lyrics, if applicable) of the song you will play. Come ready to try new things in a fun, supportive setting! Open to all levels.
Acclaimed for her inventive artistry and magnetic stage presence, Clairdee tours internationally playing to sold-out houses and garnering rave reviews. Besides her engagements as a leader, she has worked with artists as diverse as Bucky Pizzarelli, Boz Scaggs, Cyrus Chestnut and Ken Peplowski. Clairdee has opened for the Count Basie Orchestra and the late Etta James.