January 19, 2014
Returning with his popular workshop for musicians and singers of all levels, Mehling demonstrates a range of practice techniques making creative use of the metronome. Improve your productivity and increase your musicianship! Open to all.
Guitarist Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco.
New York-based pianist Dred Scott explores ideas related to finding your own voice as an improvising musician. Recommended for all musicians interested in developing a personal approach in settings ranging from straight-ahead jazz to free improvisation and beyond. For all levels! Students are encouraged to bring their instruments, drum set provided.
Join the Bay Area Jazz All-Stars as they pay homage to the late great Mulgrew Miller. The afternoon will highlight Mulgrew’s original compositions. Featuring Chuck MacKinnon on trumpet, Al Bent on trombone, Mark Levine on piano, John Wiitala on bass and Ron Marabuto on drums.
“Miller could swing hard but maintained grace and precision with a touch and facility that influenced generations of musicians.”— Hillary Brown, DownBeat
January 26, 2014
Percussionist Ami Molinelli will discuss how pandeiro technique has evolved within the context of common Brazilian rhythms such as bossa nova, samba, choro and baiao. She will also cover the other Brazilian percussion instruments such as surdos, tamborims, shakers and drumset, exploring how they influence each other in a band or ensemble setting. Instructor will have extra pandeiros and other percussion for those who don’t have a drum. No experience necessary!
New York-based vocalist and educator Peter Eldridge will work with each student individually, on all aspects of singing from interpretation and technique to improvisation and arranging. Eldridge is rarely in the Bay Area and participants will have a wonderful opportunity to gain direct feedback and coaching from one of the absolute best. Please bring two songs to work on.
A founding member of the New York Voices, singer, songwriter and producer Peter Eldridge has been on faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1993. While maintaining a full-time performing career, he also enjoys teaching other singers. Many of his students, most notably Jane Monheit, have gone on to major careers in the industry. To learn more about him, visit petereldridge.com.
A history of the jazz organ and an introduction to basic performance techniques with Wil Blades, one of the top Hammond B-3 masters of his generation! Open to all.
Twice named Rising Star in the DownBeat Critics Poll, Wil Blades is the Bay Area’s first-call organist and has performed or recorded with famed jazz, blues and funk artists including Billy Martin, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Dayna Stephens and many others.
The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.
January 31, 2014
Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, Evans performs musical examples from the 1700’s to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments, ranging from an African ekonting to a mid-19th century minstrel banjo, a modern bluegrass banjo and even an electric banjo. From an 18th century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, and from early 20th century ragtime to more recent folk and bluegrass banjo styles to Bill’s own incredible original music, Bill’s performances illuminate as well as entertain, exposing audiences to over 200 years of American music.
Bill is a doctoral candidate in Music from the University of California, Berkeley with specializations in American music history and the music of Japan. He has been a scholar/artist in residence at many universities across the United States. In addition, Bill has served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts and is the former Associate Director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owenboro, Kentucky. He is the author of Banjo for Dummies, the most popular banjo book in the world. Over a thirty-five year performing career, Bill has performed with acoustic luminaries David Grisman, Peter Rowan and Dry Branch Fire Squad, among many others. His folk and bluegrass chart topping 2012 CD In Good Company features over 26 musicians, including the Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O’Brien, and Joy Kills Sorrow.
You can learn more about Bill by visiting www.billevansbanjo.com. Watch video performances from The Banjo in America by linking to Bill’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/BillEvansBanjo.
February 9, 2014
The sound of your kit is equally, if not more important than the notes you play on it. This workshop addresses proper tuning, head combinations, muting and muffling techniques, hardware issues, quick fixes, and advances in new equipment. All participants are encouraged to bring a drum, a drum key and open ears!
Drummer Alan Hall has performed with Kenny Werner, Taylor Eigsti, Eddie Harris and countless others, including several seasons with Cirque Du Soleil. He is endorsed by Zildjian, Aquarian and Vic Firth and is the author of Internalization, an innovative jazz drumming method book.
Guitarist Matthew Charles Heulitt leads a workshop for guitarists covering modal harmony and improvisation. Topics include modal and diatonic chord voicings, common and unusual modal scales, using the geography of the guitar to generate fresh ideas and lines, and creating harmonic movement within a static key. Bring your instrument!
Matthew Charles Heulitt has performed and recorded around the world with artists as varied as Sting, Sammy Hagar, Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart, Taj Mahal, Keiko Matsui, Narada Michael Walden, Zigaboo Modeliste, Raz Kennedy and many others. He has been a noted Bay Area studio musician, producer and arranger since 1997.