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.
November 8, 2013
Join these Bay Area jazz treasures for an afternoon of standards and originals in the classic jazz piano trio format. Featuring Dick Hindman on piano, Seward McCain on bass and the legendary Colin Bailey on drums.
This concert has been made possible by a generous gift from Jacquelin and Sheafe Ewing.
November 3, 2013
Steeped in the heritage of jazz improvisation, this Bay Area guitar trio performs an evening of mostly original music by Dynes as well as their interpretations of jazz standards. Dynes, de Ryss and O’Mahony draw on influences ranging from rock to classical to pop music. These three unique personalities foster a conversational interplay that is both thoughtful and energetic.
Picking up where the 5/4 workshop left off, this session focuses on the art (and funk) of playing in 7/4 time with examples from a variety of modern composers.
This workshop for woodwind players explores how to make your phrases swing from a technical standpoint. Anton Schwartz presents different flavors of swinging, from down and dirty to light and nimble, and considers the various tools used to create them: rhythmic variation, accents, articulations and inflections. Participants listen to recorded examples and live demonstrations, and apply the ideas on their instruments. Also open to flutists and clarinetists. Bring your instrument (optional).
“Schwartz has everything you want to hear in a modern jazz saxophonist — an appealing, consistent tone, an abundance of ideas fueling both his compositions and his improvisations, and superb taste in musical collaborators.” — San Francisco Bay Guardian
Think you know how your woodwind instrument works? Think again! This workshop explores the physical aspects of how saxophones and other woodwinds create the sounds that they do, with practical applications for players. Topics include: modes of vibration; size and placement of tone holes; the physics of register keys and overtones; false fingerings; how altissimo works; and the role of the airstream. Students may try various techniques such as growling, false fingerings, harmonics and glissando, and discuss them in light of the physics of the instrument. Bring your instrument and your curiosity!
November 2, 2013
Jazzschool Vocal Director Laurie Antonioli appears for a rare night of Great American Songbook gems, plus original music that features her lyrics and trademark genre-bending arrangements. A group comprised of the Bay Area’s finest musicians will explore music from Joni Mitchell, Fritz Pauer, Richie Beirach and Wayne Shorter, as well as Broadway show tunes reconfigured on the spot. Featuring Sheldon Brown on saxophone and clarinet, Peter Horvath on piano, John Shifflett on bass and Jason Lewis on drums. laurieantonioli.com