November 3, 2013
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
A theoretical and practical look at pentatonic (five-note) scales and their role in jazz, paying particular attention to the many ways they can be used to great effect in solos. Instructor lays out the theory behind them from the ground up, showing how they may be used in myriad harmonic contexts, and discusses exactly how it is that such a simple harmonic tool (they are the basis of some of the simplest folk melodies around the world) can be used so powerfully in modern music to create so many colors and degrees of tension and dissonance. Prerequisites: A basic understanding of chords and seven-note scales; familiarity with advanced harmony is desirable.
November 1, 2013
Pianist, composer and educator Eddie Mendenhall brings an exciting group featuring compositions from Eddie’s latest album, Cosine Meets Tangent, plus fresh arrangements of standards. With Scott Barnhill on tenor saxophone, Robbie Kwock on trumpet, Al Bent on trombone, Dan Robbins on bass and Lorca Hart on drums, this promises to be an evening filled with improvisation.
October 27, 2013
With two acclaimed albums of Brazilian songs and international performances, Homage to Brazil embraces the diversity of Brazil’s musical traditions, rather than simply focusing on Brazilian standards that have already crossed over into the jazz world. According to Brazilian keyboardist and musicologist Jovino Santos Neto, “after decades of listening to countless American singers rehash the same five or six tunes over and over, it is indeed a breath of fresh air to hear someone who is not afraid to try something new.”
Featuring Anne Sajdera on piano, David Belove on bass, Phil Thompson on drums, Jeff Cressman on trombone and Ian Faquini on guitar.
Grooves in 5, 7, 9 and beyond are increasingly common in many styles of contemporary music. Drummers need to feel just as comfortable playing in these meters as they do playing in 4/4! This hands-on workshop covers a number of approaches to playing musically in odd meters in various styles.
Jazz musicians use many different strategies to create melodic lines in soloing: chord notes, diatonic and chromatic passing and neighbor tones, patterns based on scales and/or modes, upper structure triads and other intervallic constructions, playing in the key, pentatonic and other more exotic scales etc. Lucky for us, there are as many thoughts as there are musicians. Debbie will present an overview with examples of as many of these strategies as she can in two hours!
Pianist Debbie Poryes has performed at Yoshi’s, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Bim House and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and New Morning in Paris. 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.