April 13, 2014
One of the SF Bay Area’s premier jazz vocalists, Frankye Kelly is known for her classical interpretation of jazz standards and her lilting and haunting expression of down home blues. Featuring Kelly Park on piano, Michael O’Neill on woodwinds, Fritz Burden on bass and Ranzell Merritt on drums.
A Benefit for the Angelo J. Montesano Scholarship Fund
Learn how to practice improvisation in a non-genre specific context, alone and in groups, and how to apply those concepts to other idioms. Seattle-based duo Syrinx Effect (Kate Olson and Naomi Siegel) leads off this workshop with a demonstration of techniques and concepts (developing strong motives, introducing contrasting elements and creating an arc within a solo improvisation). Additional topics include effective beginnings and endings and “rules” for interaction, borrowed loosely from Tibetan Buddhist ideas. Prerequisites: at least 1-2 years of dedicated study and basic mastery on your instrument. Bring your instrument.
Naomi Siegel is an educator who performs and records with an array of ensembles including her own projects. She studied jazz trombone at Oberlin Conservatory, and received the 2013 Golden Ear Award from Earshot Jazz for Emerging Artist of the Year. Kate Olson is a saxophonist and woodwind teacher who specializes in free improvisation and electronics.
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Give your audience more than just songs and technique! Discover the things that can help you deliver great performances with confidence in auditions, showcases, recording sessions and on video. Learn how these elements will keep your audience connected and engaged, creating moments that resonate with them long after the performance. Students will participate and perform with a professional accompanist. Vocalists should bring one lead sheet in your key. Instrumentalists, please bring your instrument and one lead sheet (with lyrics, if applicable) of the song you will play. Come ready to try new things in a fun, supportive setting! Open to all levels.
Acclaimed for her inventive artistry and magnetic stage presence, Clairdee tours internationally playing to sold-out houses and garnering rave reviews. Besides her engagements as a leader, she has worked with artists as diverse as Bucky Pizzarelli, Boz Scaggs, Cyrus Chestnut and Ken Peplowski. Clairdee has opened for the Count Basie Orchestra and the late Etta James.
Jazz musicians use many different strategies to create melodic lines in soloing — chord notes, diatonic and chromatic passing tones, neighbor tones, patterns based on scales or modes, upper structure triads, other intervallic constructions, playing in the key, pentatonic and other more exotic scales. Debbie Poryes provides an overview with as many examples of these concepts as possible. Open to all, basic knowledge of jazz theory recommended.
Pianist Debbie Poryes has performed at Yoshi’s, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival and various venues in Europe. She has released several albums as a leader, with over 30 years of experience teaching privately and at conservatories in the U.S. and Europe.
April 12, 2014
Jazzi Jan has a powerful vocal style capable of handling smooth and sultry ballads to belting blues and gospel moans. Her repertoire includes music from the late great divas, such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerld and Nina Simone. Expect a fun-filled stage show with an all-female ensemble. Featuring Maya Kronfeld on piano, Vicki Grossi on bass and Joyce Baker on drums. thejazznetworkworldwide.com
April 11, 2014
From Bossa Nova to Samba, Choro, Frevo and more, Brazilian Guitar Night celebrates the 6 and 7 string “violão” in various settings and styles. Bay Area guitarists Ricardo Peixoto, Brian Moran and Ian Faquini bring three unique perspectives to the music, and with the participation from their frequent collaborators Rebecca Kleinnman and Brian Rice present a simmering night of acoustic Brazilian music.
April 6, 2014
Take the stage and sing the blues with a killer band! Hosted by acclaimed vocalist Pamela Rose, this special Jazzschool vocal jam session is open to all singers. Please arrive by 6:30 to sign up to sing. No charts needed, but singers should be prepared to explain the form of their song in a few words (e.g. “12-bar blues in the key of F, shuffle”).
Warm and witty singer Leslie Tchaikovsky performs an evening of music by Porter, Weill, Jobim and original works in her debut solo concert. Featuring Leslie Tchaikovsky on vocals, Ross Gualco on piano, Jeff Neighbor on bass and Jack Dorsey on drums.
Leslie’s penchant for bursting into song as a child led to a house rule: no singing at the dinner table. Family and career, including 22 years as a federal judge, diverted her musical passions for several decades. But, when time permitted, the passion returned with a vengeance. Over twenty years ago, she began studying classical piano and a few years later attending a piano camp in Vermont. It was there she began singing again. This led to private singing lessons and classes at the Jazzschool. Leslie has performed numerous times at the Jazzschool classes, but this concert will be her first solo performance.
Learn essential patterns and grooves for playing Salsa and Cha Cha Cha rhythms on timbales! Percussionist Omar Ledezma demonstrates proper technique and patterns, 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.
Omar Ledezma is one of the Bay Area’s most in-demand percussionists. He performs with many top Latin jazz and salsa groups including the Grammy- winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Omar is a Pearl Percussion artist.
Learn to effectively harmonize melodies and create arrangements for solo guitar in this hands-on workshop. Using his own arrangements as a guide, ace guitarist Jeff Massanari covers basic approaches to developing chord melodies using standard voicings and presents a range of techniques for creating richer and more complex arrangements. Topics covered include counterpoint, inner line movement, alternative voicings and reharmonization. Prerequisites: students should know basic 6th and 5th string root jazz chords (major 7th, -7b5) and have some ability to read music.
“I believe that one of the reasons I have stayed busy over the years is by being fairly comfortable with quite a few different styles. And I think that a dose of the groove, phrasing and commitment to one’s ideas required to play these other styles strongly enhances one’s jazz playing!”— Jeff Massanari