May 4, 2014
New York-based Amy London leads singers through a series of warm-ups, based on her Open Body Method. Students prepare to sing along with legendary jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald’s three-octave range, smoothly and easily. Amy leads the group through one of Ella’s sterling scat solos, introducing a series of exercises based on Ella’s ideas. London demystifies what made Ella swing so hard, and improvise so expertly through the chord changes. A handbook of exercises, including the Ella scat solo transcription with scat syllables, is distributed for participants to take with them for further study of improvisation.
Amy London is well-established as a leading vocalist on the New York jazz scene. She has performed in the Broadway hit City of Angels and led her own groups in venues such as the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Small’s and many others. Amy appears on ten acclaimed recordings, including Let’s Fly, her 2011 Motema release. She is also in demand as a vocal coach at the New School.
May 18, 2014
In this exciting three-session workshop, students will collaborate in writing one song together. From choosing a subject, to writing a lyric, creating a melody, a rhythmic foundation and a harmonic structure, you will learn the process of how a song is formed and the various choices available. By the end of the workshop students know how to develop a song so it creates an interesting journey from start to finish.
Kenneth Helman is a classically trained pianist, singer and composer who graduated from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins and did post-graduate fellowships at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and Tanglewood. Ken has appeared at major venues around the world and worked extensively with artists including Sting, Jessye Norman, Harvey Fierstein, Han-Na Chang and Elton John.
May 25, 2014
Sing the timeless music of the Beatles in 3- and 4-part harmony and enjoy their songs in a whole new way. Work from written choral arrangements and learn harmony parts to different Beatles tunes each week. There will be an opportunity to create your own harmonies and also to perform in the Jazzschool Student Performance Series. If you sang in the Beatles Choir last summer, you can do it again — this will be a whole new set of songs. Let’s have fun!
Singer, composer and arranger Ellen Robinson has been prominent on the Bay Area jazz vocal scene for over three decades. She has worked with artists including Bud Spangler, Harvey Wainapel, Paul Nagel and many others. As a leader, Ellen has released three acclaimed albums and she teaches at both the Jazzschool and the Community Music Center in San Francisco.
For anyone looking for an edge, this workshop is designed to equip musicians with the mental skills necessary for becoming consistent, robust performers — so they can play at their very best under pressure. In music, mental training and toughness are just as important as talent! Discover practical techniques and strategies to remove the mental roadblocks that have kept you from playing and performing the way you want. You’ve trained on your instrument — now harness the power of your mind (thoughts, actions, beliefs, confidence and motivation). All musicians, singers and songwriters are welcome, regardless of your preferred style of music.
Les Wise is a renowned guitarist with over 30 years of experience touring and recording. He also is a world-class music educator and author. Les was one of the first guitar instructors at the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood, where he has taught thousands of students the art and science of becoming better musicians.