May 25, 2014
Ann Brewer performs an eclectic mix of songs including bluesy jazz standards, pop and original tunes. Featuring Ross Gualco on piano, Ray Clement on saxophone, John Hoy on bass and David Rokeach on drums.
Ann Brewer is a Bay Area jazz vocalist with a bluesy, rock edge. Ann’s warm, engaging personality is unique and down to earth. She is not a diva, but part of the band in creating an awesome collaborative experience. She performed in San Francisco, the East Bay and regularly in Marin.
Part of the JCMS Concert Preparation & Performance Series
The Jazzschool Community Music School 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.
May 30, 2014
Drummer and composer Jordan Glenn’s long standing trio, Wiener Kids perform new pieces as well as classics from their back catalog. The evening will conclude with the unique ten piece expansion, The Wiener Kids Family Band.
The brainchild of drummer and composer Jordan Glenn, The Wiener Kids is a trio featuring reed masters Aram Shelton and Cory Wright. Over the years, the band’s pallet has expanded to include gongs, tin cans, tibetan bowls, bunt pans, chromatic cowbells, angklung (bamboo rattles), triangles, car springs, a suitcase-vibraphone, glockenspiel and various whistles and drums. The Wiener Kids Family Band was formed in 2011 to explore the old Wiener Kids repertoire in a “big band” setting. The group features a cast of close friends and great improvisers, following the lead of Jordan Glenn’s curious baton. wienerkidsmusic.com
May 31, 2014
The emerging jazz group iiii is joined by William O’Daly, award-winning poet and acclaimed translator of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, for a transcendent evening of poetry and jazz. Featuring Laila M. Smith on vocals, Paul Bloom on piano, Connor Schultze on bass, Jeremy Dutton on drums and poet William O’Daly.
The group iiii, which Anthony Dean-Harris, Editor in Chief of NESTBOP.COM recently reviewed as “a group of pure radiance,” mix their jazz training (Manhattan School of Music, Brubeck Institute, New School, and New England Conservatory) with pop, singer and songwriter, and R&B influences to forge a new and captivating sound. In 2013, iiii recorded and released its self-titled debut album of original songs. The group —Laila M. Smith, Paul Bloom, Connor Schultze, and Jeremy Dutton — also released an EP, Run iiii Cover, which includes versions of songs by Marvin Gaye, Jessie Ware, and Al Green. In addition to performing and recording, the group works together to share its love for music by giving workshops, clinics, and presentations. iiiimusic.com/album
William O’Daly is a poet, translator of poetry, and author. He has published one book of poems and eight books of translations of the poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, all with Copper Canyon Press. A finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry, O’Daly was profiled on NBC’s “The Today Show.” A National Endowment for the Arts recipient, his poems, poems in translation, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared widely in domestic and international magazines and anthologies. He loves performing with jazz and classical musicians, and with Laila M. Smith and Paul Bloom, of the jazz group iiii, has captivated audiences by exploring the deep connection between poetry and music as they merge in the heart, mind, and soul. williamodaly.com
June 1, 2014
The harmony derived from the melodic minor scale is an essential element 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.
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.
Many jazz musicians draw a blank when confronted with diminished or whole-tone chords. Sure, you may know how to spell them, but it doesn’t sound like jazz! This workshop addresses all aspects of the two chords including chord theory, scale theory, the various functions of the two chords in jazz, four-note voicings, and voice leading. Mark Levine also explores how jazz greats such as Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Barry Harris effortlessly used these much misunderstood chords.
One of the most important jazz composers and saxophonists of the past fifty years, Wayne Shorter has penned a remarkable number of memorable, lasting and innovative songs. From 1970-1995, Shorter wrote mainly for electric instrumentation, using funk, world and Brazilian grooves as his inspiration. Weather Wayne, led by saxophonist and composer Michael Zilber, focuses on this era, with special attention to the joyful, challenging and infectious pieces Shorter wrote and played with Weather Report, Milton Nascimento and on his solo records of the ’80s. Featuring Matt Clark, piano/keyboards; Dan Feiszli, fretted and fretless bass; Hamir Atwal, drums; and Markinho Brasil, percussion.
The evening will begin with an opening set by the Jazzschool’s Advanced High School Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Michael Zilber.
June 2, 2014
The Jazzschool Young Musicians Program’s award-winning Studio Band (2nd place finalists, 2014 Next Generation Jazz Festival) shares the bill with the acclaimed Jazz Garden Big Band, both under the direction of leading Bay Area educator Dave Eshelman. This exciting and rare pairing of two generations of world-class big bands is not to be missed!
The Jazzschool Studio Band
This award-winning ensemble trains advanced high school musicians from throughout the Bay Area. Students develop technique, knowledge of jazz style and an ability to improvise through standard and contemporary big band repertoire. This ensemble performs frequently and participates in competitions throughout the U.S. Jazzschool Studio Bands have played at Yoshi’s and Savanna Jazz, as well as jazz festivals in California, New York, Seattle, Idaho, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France and the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland.
The Jazz Garden Big Band
The Jazz Garden Big Band has recorded four critically acclaimed albums and features some of the most active freelance musicians in the bay area. Many have performed with the band for decades, including saxophonist Mary Fettig and trumpeter Steve Campos, both alumni of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Others are trumpeter Louis Fasman, former member of the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra; saxophonist and wood flute virtuoso Dann Zinn, a favorite of bay area musicians such as Taylor Eigsti; guitarist Randy Vincent and bassist John Shifflett, also local favorites with impressive credentials; jazz teachers Rory Snyder, Bob Farrington and Dr. Mitch Butler, new Director of Jazz Studies at CSU East Bay, Dave Martell, and Erik Jekabson, Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Director; former students from Dave Eshelman’s jazz programs are: saxophonist Bob Kenmotsu, drummer Alan Hall, trombonist Jeanne Geiger, bass trombonist Rich Lee, trumpeter Mike Olmos, and Colin Hogan, piano and accordion. jazzgarden.com
Trombonist/arranger Dave Eshelman has been leading the Jazz Garden Big Band in the Bay Area since 1978. The band has served as a vehicle for his big band compositions that have also been performed by the Joe Henderson Big Band, Bill Watrous’ Refuge West and the All Star Tribute to West Coast Jazz. The band has recorded four critically acclaimed cds and appeared at a multitude of bay area venues.
June 7, 2014
JYMP middle school ensembles take the stage for their end-of-quarter performance series.
June 8, 2014
This workshop is designed to help saxophonists develop and refine their approach to sound production. Topics include equipment (saxophone selection, physics of the instrument, mouthpiece and reed combinations), embouchure (classical vs. jazz, loose lip vs. firm lip) and articulation (as appropriate for various styles). Practice techniques for sound development are covered (long tones, overtone and altissimo exercises and more). Other sound-related techniques are addressed such as bending notes and multiphonics, with the goal of adding nuance, depth, flexibility and expressiveness to your tone.
Saxophonist Marcus Stephens has appeared and recorded with ensembles including The Evan Francis Group, The Marcus Shelby Orchestra, The Mitch Marcus Quintet+15 and the Jazz Mafia. He can be frequently heard with the Kev Choice Ensemble (Lauryn Hill, The Coup), Rayband, the Souls of Mischief and Myron & E, as well as with his own Markstep Trio. Marcus continues to chart new territory with Secret Sidewalk, featured in the LA-based electronic music series Low End Theory.