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May 18, 2014

BLUES & RHYTHM CHANGES — JUST FOR JAZZ PIANISTS with Mark Levine

Mark Levine

Mark Levine SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2 PM

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.

Start: May 18, 2014 2:00 pm
End: May 18, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

SO YOU WANNA WRITE A SONG! with Kenneth Helman

Ken Helman

Ken Helman SUNDAYS, MAY 18, 25 & JUNE 1 , 2 PM

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.

Start: May 18, 2014 2:00 pm
End: May 18, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

May 25, 2014

BEATLES CHOIR with Ellen Robinson

Ellen Robinson

Ellen Robinson SUNDAYS, MAY 25, JUNE 1 & 8, 11 AM

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.

Start: May 25, 2014 11:00 am
End: May 25, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

THE DELIBERATE MUSICIAN — MENTAL SKILLS TRAINING with Les Wise

Les Wise

Les Wise SUNDAY, MAY 25, NOON

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.

Start: May 25, 2014 12:00 pm
End: May 25, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

THE ART OF BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO with Wendy DeWitt

Wendy Dewitt

Wendy DeWitt SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2 PM

This workshop covers boogie woogie basics for the left hand, the intricacies of adding right hand improvisations, and how to build your vocabulary. Beginners will leave with plenty of resources for further inspiration and study, and more advanced players will be provided with tips on how to transcribe from your favorite recordings and how to approach challenging hand coordination. This fun and lively participatory class will also delve into history, stories, and must-have recordings. New materials and resources.

Wendy DeWitt has been playing boogie woogie and blues piano since her childhood in Sonoma County and has played with Hank Ballard, Otis Rush, and at festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Start: May 25, 2014 2:00 pm
End: May 25, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

June 1, 2014

DIMINISHED AND WHOLE-TONE — ARTIFICIAL SCALES IN JAZZ with Mark Levine

Mark Levine

Mark Levine SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2 PM

Many jazz musicians draw a blank when confronted with diminished or whole-tone chords. Sure, you may know how to spell them, but it doesn’t sound like jazz! This workshop addresses all aspects of the two chords including chord theory, scale theory, the various functions of the two chords in jazz, four-note voicings, and voice leading. Mark Levine also explores how jazz greats such as Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Barry Harris effortlessly used these much misunderstood chords.

Start: June 1, 2014 2:00 pm
End: June 1, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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