November 18, 2013
The Jazzschool Institute continues to honor legendary jazz vocalist Mark Murphy in an event to benefit an exceptional vocal student. The Mark Murphy Scholarship Fund was designed for this purpose and our Annual Scholarship Concert is one of the highlights of the year! Mark Murphy has been a mentor to so many Bay Area jazz singers and this celebration of his work has thrilled audiences and inspired performers alike. This year we are delighted to have five amazing vocalists join us to pay homage to Mark Murphy.
Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. From her stellar collaborations with the all-women’s jazz ensemble Alive! to a cappella ensemble SoVoSo’ to Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra, Rhiannon has paved a unique path. rhiannonmusic.com
“Pinpoint musicality, soaring invention and irresistible passion.” — Don Heckman, LA Times
Acclaimed for her inventive artistry and magnetic stage presence, Clairdee tours internationally playing to sold-out houses and garnering rave reviews. In addition to engagements with her world-class band, she has performed with artists as diverse as Bucky Pizzarelli, Boz Scaggs, Cyrus Chestnut and clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski. She has opened for the Count Basie Orchestra and the late, great Etta James. clairdee.com
“In the tradition of all great vocalists, Clairdee infuses her own unique style while always remaining true to the song itself.” — Nancy Wilson
The voice of Nicolas Bearde has delighted audiences around the world as a member of Bobby McFerrin’s renowned vocal ensemble Voicestra for over 20 years, while carving out his own unique style as a solo artist. Nicolas has performed, toured or recorded with McFerrin, Bernard Purdie, Patti Austin, Ray Obiedo, Janis Siegel, John Handy and Michael Bolton, gathering a global following with his vibrant interpretations. He is the definitive jazz romantic who brings a tenderness and delicacy to classic ballads. nicolasbearde.com
“A deeply soulful voice…A uniquely versatile entertainer” — Bobby McFerrin
Ms. Ryan’s natural affinity for languages extends deeply into the language of jazz and its intricate structures. She possesses a keen ear for jazz phrasing and its internal rhymes – and, as a lyricist, has composed note-for-note vocalese to the scorching sax solos of Benny Carter’s “Doozy” and Joe Henderson’s “The Kicker.” jackieryanmusic.com
“One of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation and, quite possibly, of all time…rivaling the dexterous sass of Sarah Vaughan, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae and the scintillating verve of Diana Krall.” — Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes
Bay Area native Laurie Antonioli leads a multi-faceted career as both an acclaimed jazz singer and vocal educator. Leading groups in both the U.S. and Europe for four decades, Laurie has had the great fortune to perform or record with jazz luminaries including Joe Henderson, George Cables, Bobby McFerrin, Cedar Walton, Pony Poindexter, Richie Beirach and many others. Now getting ready to record her fifth CD, the music of Joni Mitchell, Laurie continues her eclectic, genre-bending endeavors with world-class musicians – while holding down an academic post as Vocal Chair at the prestigious Jazzschool Institute. laurieantonioli.com
“When a girl of 17 or 18 wakes up in the morning and can start right off with a horn-like bebop solo, I know the bop angel has been at work again — that was Laurie Antonioli and she’s still doing it.” — Mark Murphy
Past performers include Joyce Cooling, Ann Dyer, Madeline Eastman, Kellye Gray, Ellen Johnson, Sheila Jordan, Kitty Margolis, Mark Murphy, Bobbe Norris, Ed Reed and Kenny Washington. Proceeds benefit the Mark Murphy Scholarship Fund and the Jazzschool encourages contributions to the Fund year-round. Please go to yoshis.com or call 510.238.9200 for tickets!
November 17, 2013
The SF Early Music Society presents “Wingin It”, an evening of music inspired by birdsong. Frances and the Galax Quartet will perform 17th and 18th century works (Couperin, van Eyck) as well as newly-commissioned pieces for recorder and a string quartet of two baroque violins, bass viola da gamba and baroque violoncello. Featuring new works by Erika Oba, Glen Shannon and Roy Whelden.
This workshop begins by finding the “dance” of 9/4, 11/4 and other odd meters, which is everything! You’ll work on internalizing these meters through movement before singing and playing. We’ll spend time clapping, moving and counting with the goal being to remove any fear or discomfort. These seemingly complicated meters are are no more difficult from other more familiar meters, once your body feels the groove! For all instrumentalists and singers.
Keyboardist, producer 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.
Performing improvisations and compositions, saxophonist Neil Welch and drummer Chris Icasiano demonstrate their approach to effectively mixing electronic effects and acoustic instruments in the same piece. Bring your own electronics to explore group playing together! Open to all.
Bad Luck creates “powerful, virtuosic, cutting-edge music” according to All About Jazz. Chris Icasiano and Neil Welch use live loops and pedals to create an astounding range of sound in their original compositions. Bad Luck has released two albums (Bad Luck and Bad Luck Two) and an EP (Bloodroot) to date.
This is a gathering for strong, committed singers as well as vocal teachers who want to be more engaged in improvisation with their students. With a circle of other talented singers and teachers, all open to the power of improvisation, our work can go deep! We will devote our energy to uncovering how improvisation can change lives for singers, vocal students and teachers. Improvisation is a beautiful musical force and a wonderful lifechanging tool, because it propels us to stay awake and present in every moment. In order to have a rich palette of musical colors to work with, we will also talk about how technical skills intersect personal development and spiritual practice.
Rhiannon is a unique and extraordinary vocalist, performance artist, composer and master teacher whose musical vision embraces jazz, a cappella, improvisation, world music and storytelling. Her most recent book is Vocal River, a story of passionate commitment to music. In it she shares her exuberance, her craft, and her fresh insights into the dimensions and gifts of improvisation, including 27 detailed exercises.
November 16, 2013
Author of the recent book Vocal River, Rhiannon will sing both free improvisation and songs, read passages enlivening your concept of improvisation in your music and life, and answer your burning musical questions. Rich and complex, direct and inspiring, this exciting event will be more a performance than a reading.
Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. From her stellar collaborations with the all-women’s jazz ensemble Alive! to a cappella ensemble SoVoSo’ to Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra, Rhiannon has paved a unique path as an independent artist. In recent years she has continued to refine her improvisation work by performing in the a cappella trio WeBe3 with Joey Blake and David Worm, both 25-year members of Voicestra. Rhiannon also is working with renowned instrumentalists Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuna, Otmaro Ruiz and Jetro Da Silva in an ensemble known as Spontaneous. Both groups tour internationally, giving completely improvised performances. Rhiannon’s new book about her life and teaching methods, Vocal River, was recently released (August 2013). The powerful body-based vocal improvisation and sound healing process that Rhiannon teaches internationally has been extended to include a year-long training called All The Way In. Rhiannon tours internationally and lives the rest of the year on her small farm on the Big Island of Hawaii, cultivating the arts through farming.
November 15, 2013
The frost is on the pumpkin, the autumn leaves fall past the window and it’s time for spicy apple cider and some hot jazz! Join vocalists Cathi Walkup, Shanna Carlson and Linda Kosut with the Mike Greensill Trio for their 3rd annual Harvest Moon/ Winter Moon concert. Enjoy wonderful old songs, new songs, harmonies and a duet or two. Featuring Mike Greensill on piano, Rich Gerard on bass and Bob Blankenship on drums.
Linda Kosut, Backstage Magazine’s Bistro BMI Award Winner for Outstanding Recording, is known for her warmly dark sound, engaging presence and strong acting chops. “… amazing Bay Area canary – brings her skills as an actress to her insightful interpretations of songs underscored with a fusion of jazz, pop and folk.” – Don Heckman, The International Review of Music lindakosut.com
Cathi Walkup has been called “the thinking person’s jazz singer” for her choice of lyric-driven songs, “a natural comedian” for her wit and ease on-stage, and an “important bop oriented singer … and … also an excellent lyricist” by Scott Yanow, respected jazz writer, in his new book, The Jazz Singers, The Ultimate Guide. cwalkup.com
Shanna Carlson is a “vibrant, passionate singer… a wonderfully creative performer, who crafts a fine line between strength and sensitivity.” Marian McPartland, jazz pianist and host of NPR’s, Piano Jazz. In addition to being a well respected singer, touring nationally and internationally, Shanna is also an excellent accompanist. She is a regular at Jazz Camp West as both an accompanist and a teacher. shannacarlson.net
Mike Greensill, well known in his role as musical director to acclaimed vocalist Wesla Whitfield with whom he has recorded twenty albums, is also resident piano player on Sedge Thomson’s weekly Public Radio show to the world, West Coast Live. You can find him playing jazz with his trio in many a Bay Area saloon and jazz club. mikegreensill.com
November 10, 2013
Many jazz musicians draw a blank when confronted with a diminished chord. Sure, you know how to spell it, but it doesn’t sound like jazz! This workshop addresses all aspects of the diminished 7th chord including chord theory, scale theory, the various functions of the diminished 7th chord in jazz, four-note voicings, voice leading, plus how particular musicians such as Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, and Barry Harris effortlessly use this much-misunderstood chord.
Grammy-nominated pianist 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 others.
The harmony derived from the melodic minor scale is an essential part of the sound of modern jazz, with its minor-major, lydian dominant, altered, and half-diminished chords. This workshop provides an overview of melodic minor scale harmony and its practical applications as heard in the music of Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Wayne Shorter, and other influential jazz composers and improvisers.
November 9, 2013
Winner of the Bay Area’s Jazz Search West Competition in 2010, W. Allen Taylor is a vocalist from the old school, combining originality with a style reminiscent of the golden age of jazz singing. With influences that include Al Jarreau, Betty Carter, Nat King Cole, Jon Hendricks and Little Jimmy Scott, he explores classic jazz standards with a fresh approach. Featuring Melvin Butts on saxophone, Walter Bankovitch on piano, Ryan Lukas on bass and Leon Joyce on drums.