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
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