May 11, 2014
Trumpeter Billy Buss introduces contemporary improvisational techniques including motivic development, tonal magnetism, the use of pentatonics, hexatonics and hybrid scales, negative harmony, and a wealth of systematic approaches to implementation of these concepts into the practice routine. Recommended for all players interested in a range of post bop approaches to improvisation. A materials packet is provided including examples of the techniques. Prerequisites: basic to intermediate understanding of intervals, scales, chords, and functional harmony (how chords move and interact with each other). Intermediate to advanced technical ability on your instrument (pianists and guitarists must read chord changes and comp). Bring your instrument and music writing materials.
As a graduate from the Berklee College of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute, Billy Buss commands a thorough technical understanding of advanced jazz improvisation and composition. He is emerging as an in-demand performer and educator throughout the country, leading clinics, maintaining faculty positions in New York City and Boston, and touring with artists such as Deltron 3030, Alice Tan Ridley and Thelonious Monk Jr.
California Jazz Conservatory students take the stage for this end-of-semester performance series. Come hear exciting music from Mads Tollings’ Jazz String Chamber Ensemble and Erik Jekabson’s Jazz Arranging students.
May 16, 2014
California Jazz Conservatory students Tony Owen, Aaron Hipschman and Chris Sullican present their final projects.
Guitarist Tony Owen brings a collection of work composed during his time as a CJC student. The tunes borrow themes from many musical traditions, including swing, Brazilian, modal jazz, R&B, and funk. Styles are blended in a fresh new way that is reflective of the cultural melting pot that is the Bay Area. Featuring Tony Owen on guitar, Chris Sullivan on saxophone, Patrick Malabuyo on trombone, Casey Mattson on piano, Tommy O’Mahony on bass, Nick de Ryss on drums.
Drummer Aaron Hipschman will be paying homage to the jazz greats while sharing the stage with some of his friends and teachers. Featuring Parker Grant on piano, Glenn Richmond on bass and guest soloists.
Aaron Hipschman grew up in Palo Alto, California. At Gunn High School he started playing the drums and getting interested in music, especially heavy metal, forming his own band. During the summer of 2006 he went to the Stanford Jazz Camp where he had a chance to learn from greats like Taylor Eigsti, Joshua Redmond, Barry Harris, Jeff Ballard, and Bill Stewart, and that was his summer of love with jazz. He formed his own jazz band his senior year and they played venues in the bay area. When he went to the Berklee School of Music five-week summer program in 2009 it was a wake up call. Getting a chance to play with very talented students and study with master teachers like Ralph Peterson and Terry Lynn Carrington was inspiring and sealed his commitment to music as a profession. In 2010 he began studying at the California Jazz Conservatory, dedicated to mastering percussion and branching out into piano and composition. In 2013 he got a chance to live in Matanzas Cuba for two weeks where he studied the history, culture and unique rhythms of Cuban percussion. Aaron graduates with a degree in Music from the California Jazz Conservatory in May 2014 and will continue to pursue a music career.
Chris Sullivan has emerged as a promising young saxophonist. He has developed a bi-coastal network of friends and musicians, having lived in San Francisco, Boston, and New York. Upon completion of his degree at the CJC, Sullivan plans on returning to the east coast to continue developing as an artist while he pursues a master’s degree in jazz performance.
May 18, 2014
Jazz pianists from Art Tatum through Mulgrew Miller have played “Drop 2,” a technique that creates rich harmonies using a maximum of four notes. Grammy-nominated pianist and educator Mark Levine demonstrates, explains, and shows you how to get started with incorporating Drop 2 techniques into your playing.
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 many others.
This workshop covers basic guitar chord shapes and progressions common in Brazilian music by examining the songs of great composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Baden Powell, Dorival Caymmi and others. The instructor also demonstrates essential Brazilian rhythms including bossa nova, samba, baiao, frevo, and toada. Prerequisites: Students should have some experience with basic chords and an interest in Brazilian music.
Ian Faquini is a Brazilian composer, guitarist, and singer. He has studied with many influential Brazilian musicians including Guinga, Marcus Tardelli, Lula Galvao, Chico Pinheiro and others. Ian teaches regularly at the California Brazil Camp.
Blues and rhythm changes continue to be the most commonly played chord progressions in jazz, largely because they are both highly pliable forms open to reinterpretation. In this engaging workshop, Mark Levine guides students through basic, intermediate and advanced concepts covering the various chord changes that are played, voicings great pianists use, solo ideas, blues waltzes, blues with different changes, alternate rhythm changes and much more.
In this exciting three-session workshop, students will collaborate in writing one song together. From choosing a subject, to writing a lyric, creating a melody, a rhythmic foundation and a harmonic structure, you will learn the process of how a song is formed and the various choices available. By the end of the workshop students know how to develop a song so it creates an interesting journey from start to finish.
Kenneth Helman is a classically trained pianist, singer and composer who graduated from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins and did post-graduate fellowships at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and Tanglewood. Ken has appeared at major venues around the world and worked extensively with artists including Sting, Jessye Norman, Harvey Fierstein, Han-Na Chang and Elton John.
This afternoon concert is a celebration of Laurie’s unique repertoire and original music. The afternoon will feature a variety of material from her soon to be released Joni Mitchell project, “Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light” as well as material from past recordings, some new gems and some hidden gems. Featuring Sheldon Brown on saxophone and clarinet, Dave MacNab on guitar, John Shifflett on bass and Jason Lewis on drums.
“It is not hyperbole to say that Laurie Antonioli is emerging as the most important vocalist, let alone jazz vocalist, this decade. Let us hope for much more music from this brilliant constellation in the west.”
— Michael Baily, All About Jazz
May 23, 2014
California Jazz Conservatory student Kyra Gordon presents her final project.
Expect a wide range of jazz, folk and soul during Kyra Gordon’s senior concert. Kyra is a vocalist and native of the Bay Area. She spent over a year singing blues in Paris, France, and has performed onstage with Martha High, Boney Fields, Lucky Peterson, Taj Mahal and Kenny Neal. She is a vocalist and keyboard player in the freestyle hip-hop group The Freeze. Featuring John Wiitala on bass, Alan Hall on drums and Tammy Hall on piano.
May 25, 2014
Sing the timeless music of the Beatles in 3- and 4-part harmony and enjoy their songs in a whole new way. Work from written choral arrangements and learn harmony parts to different Beatles tunes each week. There will be an opportunity to create your own harmonies and also to perform in the Jazzschool Student Performance Series. If you sang in the Beatles Choir last summer, you can do it again — this will be a whole new set of songs. Let’s have fun!
Singer, composer and arranger Ellen Robinson has been prominent on the Bay Area jazz vocal scene for over three decades. She has worked with artists including Bud Spangler, Harvey Wainapel, Paul Nagel and many others. As a leader, Ellen has released three acclaimed albums and she teaches at both the Jazzschool and the Community Music Center in San Francisco.