March 2, 2014
Upper structure voicings are the spice added to the meat and potatoes of jazz piano voicings. From Bill Evans to Herbie Hancock, they have become a staple in the jazz pianist’s bag. Students will use Chick Corea’s “Mirror, Mirror” as a workshop tune to study and apply these important techniques.
Based on the teachings of his mentor and jazz icon Art Farmer, trumpeter Dmitri Matheny presents a lyrical, melodic approach to jazz improvisation. He explores the mental processes that take place while playing a jazz solo and the skills required for true improvisation. With an emphasis on deep listening and jazz-as-conversation, the workshop outlines the elements of music from the soloist’s perspective (melody, harmony, rhythm, tone, timbre and form), and why the melody should be your guide when improvising. Matheny explains how to spontaneously create your own melodies and develop them in real time through a series of simple or complex harmonic changes. He provides recorded examples, demonstrates specific techniques on his horn, and shares relevant anecdotes, while discussing the importance of your own personal sound. For all improvisers.
Recognized for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, Dmitri Matheny has been hailed as “the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione” (San Jose Mercury News). Emerging in the 1990s as a protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” (SF Chronicle), touring internationally and releasing nine critically acclaimed albums. He is an honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and the Berklee College of Music.
This workshop covers piano comping techniques from Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk to the present. Mark discusses and demonstrates various styles, including those of Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Mulgrew Miller.
The ace guitarist delves into the art of tasteful and effective rock and funk rhythm guitar! These principles apply to multiple genres from jazz fusion to R&B, reggae, ska, hip hop, metal and more. Open to all.
February 23, 2014
Grammy-nominated pianist and educator Mark Levine shows how to create effective jazz piano arrangements using 4th chords, upper structures, the “So What” chord, the “Kenny Barron” and “Herbie Hancock” chords, and rootless left-hand voicings. Mark has created a “voicing menu” to facilitate matching the melody note at any given point with the best possible piano voicing. Students use “Alice in Wonderland” as a workshop song.
Mark Levine is the author of The Jazz Piano Book, The Jazz Theory Book, and The Drop 2 Book. He has performed with Woody Shaw, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Henderson, Willie Bobo, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Cal Tjader, Wallace Roney, Tito Puente, Milt Jackson, David Liebman and many others.
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.
Author of The Jazz Theory Book, one of the world’s most widely used jazz theory texts, Mark Levine boils it all down to a single two-hour workshop! From the II-V-I progression through advanced harmonic techniques, scale theory and reharmonization. Bring music manuscript paper and a pencil.
Sunday, February 23, 11am – 1 pm
$30 advance • $45 day of workshop
February 16, 2014
Embouchure is key to all aspects of trumpet playing including sound, flexibility and endurance. This workshop begins with an overview of the mechanics of embouchure, followed by a hands-on masterclass. Bring your trumpet and be ready to blow!
As a jazz trumpeter, Dave Scott has toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, TOTO, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, the Realistic Orchestra, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Brass Monkey Brass Band, the Dave Scott Jazz Quartet and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In the classical realm, he has recorded and performed with the Honolulu Symphony, the Napa Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony, and performed as guest soloist with the San Francisco Sinfonietta Orchestra. Dave has taught trumpet at the Jazzschool, Berkeley City College, California State University Stanislaus, SF State University and Sonoma State University.
First-call keyboardist, producer and arranger Frank Martin shares his insight into creating fresh arrangements of jazz standards “on the spot.” Techniques covered include using different rhythmic feels and grooves, reharmonization and alterations to the melody and lyrics. Students sing or play selected repertoire in a variety of styles, and are guided in how to make even the most common of standards sound fresh. A great workshop for instrumentalists and vocalists preparing for their next recording or performance — or for those who simply want to learn the tricks of the trade!
Frank Martin has served as music director for Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin, appeared at Carnegie Hall with Sting, James Taylor and Elton John, and produced records for Al Jarreau, Turtle Island String Quartet, and Joey DeFrancesco. He has performed or recorded with John McLaughlin, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, and many others.
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.