April 27, 2014
Learn the essential patterns and grooves for playing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha rhythms on bongos and cowbell. Danilo Paiz demonstrates proper technique, patterns and fills, providing ample feedback for students of all levels. Beginners will learn the basics, while more advanced players receive an assessment of their current technique and suggestions to enhance their playing. Students are encouraged but not required to bring their own bongo.
Danilo Paiz is a master percussionist who honed his skills with Latin jazz legends like Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades, Cal Tjader and Dizzy Gillespie. He has performed in the Bay Area and beyond for several decades playing percussion, drums and guitar, as well as singing and appearing with his band, Orquesta Universal.
Learn the essential patterns and grooves for playing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha rhythms on conga drums. Instructor demonstrates proper technique, patterns and fills, providing ample feedback for students of all levels. Beginners will learn the basics, while more advanced players receive an assessment of their current technique and suggestions to enhance their playing.
Transcribing music from recordings is an essential practice with many benefits for aspiring musicians. In this workshop, students are introduced both to traditional transcription techniques as well as the various notation and playback computer programs now available. Instructor demonstrates techniques using Sibelius notation software and Transcribe!, an inexpensive software program which allows you to loop and adjust the speed and EQ of selected recordings for transcription purposes.
Bay Area pianist Bob Karty is well known for his work with several top Brazilian and Latin jazz musicians including Ray Obiedo and Pete Escovedo. He is a founding member of Orquesta La Moderna Tradición and teaches jazz and salsa piano.
May 4, 2014
For both musicians and fans, renowned pianist Larry Vuckovich offers a unique workshop highlighting the history of jazz piano. Larry will feature recordings of the masters and also demonstrate on piano their signature styles. Starting with the New Orleans sounds of Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Larry moves through swing era piano of Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum, and on to bebop era innovations of Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Barry Harris. Vuckovich proceeds to the original jazz expressions of Erroll Garner, followed by the hard bop inflections of Red Garland and Sonny Clark, the post bop changes of Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, and the further post bop extensions of Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea. He concludes with the free jazz and atonal piano improvisation of Cecil Taylor. This exciting overview captures the characteristic harmonic, melodic and rhythmic expressions of a wide spectrum of jazz piano giants.
Larry Vuckovich gained first-hand knowledge from performances or recordings with many of the jazz greats including Dexter Gordon, Charles McPherson, Charlie Haden, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. Larry has been associated with several piano icons, such as Bud Powell, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and as the only student of Vince Guaraldi.
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.
This exciting workshop covers a range of techniques from various styles (blues, funk, fusion, rock, country) from two points of view. First, we explore the vocabularies, tones and techniques of these styles to enhance your ability to be a more diverse, in-demand guitarist. Then we’ll discuss the incorporation of these different styles into jazz — and the value of having a broad understanding of the guitar’s possibilities. Prerequisites: basic ability and some understanding of chords and scales.
May 11, 2014
Trumpeter Billy Buss introduces contemporary improvisational techniques including motivic development, tonal magnetism, the use of pentatonics, hexatonics and hybrid scales, negative harmony, and a wealth of systematic approaches to implementation of these concepts into the practice routine. Recommended for all players interested in a range of post bop approaches to improvisation. A materials packet is provided including examples of the techniques. Prerequisites: basic to intermediate understanding of intervals, scales, chords, and functional harmony (how chords move and interact with each other). Intermediate to advanced technical ability on your instrument (pianists and guitarists must read chord changes and comp). Bring your instrument and music writing materials.
As a graduate from the Berklee College of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute, Billy Buss commands a thorough technical understanding of advanced jazz improvisation and composition. He is emerging as an in-demand performer and educator throughout the country, leading clinics, maintaining faculty positions in New York City and Boston, and touring with artists such as Deltron 3030, Alice Tan Ridley and Thelonious Monk Jr.
May 18, 2014
Jazz pianists from Art Tatum through Mulgrew Miller have played “Drop 2,” a technique that creates rich harmonies using a maximum of four notes. Grammy-nominated pianist and educator Mark Levine demonstrates, explains, and shows you how to get started with incorporating Drop 2 techniques into your playing.
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.
This workshop covers basic guitar chord shapes and progressions common in Brazilian music by examining the songs of great composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Baden Powell, Dorival Caymmi and others. The instructor also demonstrates essential Brazilian rhythms including bossa nova, samba, baiao, frevo, and toada. Prerequisites: Students should have some experience with basic chords and an interest in Brazilian music.
Ian Faquini is a Brazilian composer, guitarist, and singer. He has studied with many influential Brazilian musicians including Guinga, Marcus Tardelli, Lula Galvao, Chico Pinheiro and others. Ian teaches regularly at the California Brazil Camp.
Blues and rhythm changes continue to be the most commonly played chord progressions in jazz, largely because they are both highly pliable forms open to reinterpretation. In this engaging workshop, Mark Levine guides students through basic, intermediate and advanced concepts covering the various chord changes that are played, voicings great pianists use, solo ideas, blues waltzes, blues with different changes, alternate rhythm changes and much more.