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.
Miles Davis famously said, “You can’t play anything on a trumpet that Louis hasn’t already played.” To this day, Louis Armstrong stands as the model of melodic improvisation, of a respect for melody, an irresistible swing, a wise use of space. He can teach anyone who wishes to perform in public a joyous, heartfelt relationship to an audience, transforming the simplest melodic line, and constructing solos that are surprising yet logical. This workshop will offer music, videos and a lively discussion of Armstrong’s performances, early and late. Even for those fortunate enough to already love Louis, there will be some surprises!
Michael Steinman runs a thriving jazz video blog, Jazz Lives, and has written reviews for Cadence, Jazz Journal and liner notes for several record labels. He is also a Professor of English at Nassau Community College, New York.
February 16, 2014
This workshop introduces you to the book/CD series, Play Jazz, Blues, Rock Piano By Ear, presented by the author. Students receive a free book/CD (your choice of book 1, 2, or 3). Andy Ostwald guides you step-by-step, as you progress from creating simple two-chord jams to creating fully realized jazz, blues, and rock improvisations. Each chapter features relevant music theory and easy to understand guidelines, learning through listening to featured recordings and learning from your own musical exploration and discovery. Prerequisites: Basic piano and music-reading skills. No previous experience with improvising, learning by ear, or music theory is necessary.
Andy Ostwald holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from San Jose State University and also studied in New York with renowned jazz pianist, Harold Mabern. Andy’s approach reflects a love for the early stride piano tradition as well as for bebop and more contemporary styles. He has played with numerous Bay Area artists at venues such as Yoshi’s, The Great American Music Hall and the Concord Jazz Festival, also touring extensively with singer Diane Witherspoon.
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.
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.
February 23, 2014
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
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
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.