Calendar of Events
May 11, 2013
Pianist Joe Mulholland (Berklee College of Music faculty) and saxophonist Steve Adams (Rova Saxophone Quartet) perform in an intimate duo setting. Mulholland’s latest album Unspoken is an eclectic set of jazz compositions, by turns lyrical, quirky, energetic and swinging. With their rich harmonic and melodic palettes and complementary rhythmic energy, this pairing of two adventurous and acclaimed musicians is sure to be a rare treat.
May 10, 2013
Tonight’s Bill Evans performance has unfortunately been cancelled. All tickets will be refunded automatically. The Jazzschool apologizes for the inconvenience.
Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, Evans performs musical examples from the 1700s 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 his own 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 and 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 world’s most popular banjo book. Over a 35-year 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 album In Good Company features over 25 musicians, including the Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O’Brien and Joy Kills Sorrow.
Michael Zilber and Erik Jekabson direct these DownBeat Award-winning ensembles, comprised of advanced high school players from throughout the Bay Area. Both groups explore the post-bop harmonic, melodic, rhythmic and formal innovations of artists such as Coltrane, Shorter, Corea, Hancock and Brecker.
Workshop I features Scott Bell, trumpet; Cody Dear, alto sax; Sam Klein-Markman, guitar; Michael Orenstein, piano; Kanoa Mendenhall, bass; and Zev Shearn-Nance, drums.
Workshop II features Liam Collins, alto sax; Michael Blasky, tenor sax; Hugo Shiboski, tenor sax; Nate Schwartz, guitar; Matthew Wong, piano; Max Schwartz, bass; Cy Grimsich, drums.
May 6, 2013
Come out for a night with the Jazzschool Young Musicians Program, featuring up-and-coming young musicians from around the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Featured ensembles include the Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Advanced Middle School Jazz Workshop, High School Jazz Ensemble II, High School Jazz Ensemble I, and the award-winning Advanced High School Jazz Workshop.
Tickets available at www.yoshis.com
May 5, 2013
Join us for an afternoon of deeply swinging jazz from some of the top players in the Bay Area: Chuck MacKinnon, trumpet; Al Bent, trombone; Mark Levine, piano; John Wiitala, bass; and Ron Marabuto, drums.
The Jazzschool is pleased to include this event as part of National Chamber Music Month.
As singers, we practice scales and sing a variety of runs to loosen up the voice. Our rote memory of the pitches and movement of notes through these scales and exercises is available to us at the ready. Improvising the melody or completely changing it, as during the improvised second chorus, becomes second nature.
This workshop series teaches the singer to ʻhip-upʼ their performance and interpretation. You don’t need to scat sing to take this workshop. You will gain confidence in your choices during performance. Jazz singing is always a work in progress and each opportunity to develop your craft through performance is where personal style is born. The more you ʻhip it upʼ, the more stylistic your approach. Itʼs fun! Come and take baby step towards self-confidence as a stylist and a jazz singer.
First Week – Sunday May 5, 2 – 4 pm
Video examples of melodic diversion and the second chorus. Explore basic movement around the melody line. Style and stylistic approaches (How Hip Do You Wanna Get?)
Second Week – Sunday May 12, 2 – 4 pm
Students take chances with the melody. Students improvise second chorus. Improvised Endings.
Third Week – Sunday May 19, 2 – 4 pm
Final Performances. Open Discussion on vibe, style and the ‘hip’ factor
$180 advance purchase/$205 day of the workshop
with Larry Vuckovich
Master jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich offers a unique hands-on workshop highlighting the history of jazz piano. This event is designed for both musicians and jazz fans who would like to learn more about the history and origins of jazz piano from a nationally and internationally acclaimed musician. Larry will bring CDs of the jazz piano masters and also demonstrate on piano the signature styles of many of these legendary pianists. He starts with New Orleans sounds of Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, moves through swing era piano of Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum, and on to bebop era innovations of Bud Powell,Thelonious Monk and Barry Harris, then, original jazz expressions of Erroll Garner, followed by hard bop bluesy inflections of Red Garland and Sonny Clark, and post bop changes of Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, to further post bop extensions of Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea. He concludes with free jazz and atonal piano improvisation of Cecil Taylor. This versatile pianist has performed and traveled with many jazz giants throughout the years – as mentioned below – enabling him to capture the characteristic sounds, including harmonic, melodic and rhythmic expressions, of a wide spectrum of jazz piano masters.
Larry Vuckovich gained first-hand knowledge and authenticity from performances and/or recordings with many of the jazz greats, including: Dexter Gordon, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson, Tom Harrell, Charles McPherson, Billy Higgins, Lucky Thompson, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Bobby McFerrin. He has been associated with several piano masters – some for a long period, others for a brief, but meaningful time – such as Bud Powell, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, and as the only student of Vince Guaraldi, untilVince’s passing. (Although Vince is mainly known today for his Peanuts fame, he gave to Larry true jazz and Latin elements that he obtained during his important tenure with Cal Tjader’s band, that included Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo and Al McKibbon. Larry was honored when Vince Guaraldi chose him as his partner in a two-piano quintet.
May 4, 2013
Showcasing middle school jazz programs from throughout the Bay Area, this unique event provides school programs the opportunity to perform alongside their peers in a friendly, non-competitive environment. Select middle schools perform for each other and receive awards and scholarships. Join these young musicians at the Jazzschool for an exciting evening featuring the future of jazz!
Over the course of the workshop, students examine and play Brazilian, Latin and more groove-oriented jazz styles (funk, New Orleans second line, etc.) as well as more ‘exotic’ world-influenced rhythms from India and the Middle-East.
A key goal of the workshop is to see the thread of influence of African rhythms in new world styles starting with the blues and triplet-based beats going from slow blues to 6/8 and 12/8.
The event begins with a lecture/demonstration by the instructor followed by an interactive session with students analyzing, learning and playing arrangements taught by ear and standard notation.
Open to instrumentalists and vocal improvisers.
Prerequisites: basic knowledge of reading and improvising but also open to students who play more by ear than by reading. Some music is taught completely by ear.
Freddie Bryant received a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music and is in demand in the New York jazz and Brazilian scenes, where he has worked with Elaine Elias, Tom Harrell and many others. He currently is a member of Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet, the Mingus Orchestra and leads his own groups, Trio del Sol and Kaleidoscope.
Bryant has six CDs as a leader: Live Grooves…Epic Tales (just released in Oct. ’12 on HiPNOTIC records) Trio del Sol (Twinz Records); Brazilian Rosewood, Boogaloo Brasileiro, Live at Smoke (Fresh Sound Records); and Take Your Dance into Battle (Jazz City Spirit).
He has toured 50 countries and collaborated with musicians from a variety of backgrounds, including Indian classical musicians, African singers, oud players, traditional Arab groups and klezmer bands. In 2006, Bryant spent a week in Cuba , performing and working with other musicians.
As an impassioned educator, he has taught jazz to all ages around the world. Bryant is on the faculties of Berklee College of Music and Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland . His website is www.freddiebryant.com
$30 advance purchase/$45 day of the workshop
Brushes are among the most effective and essential tools available for drummers when playing in an acoustic jazz context.
This workshop provides an overview of brush techniques and concepts, including basic time patterns, variations, accents, textural possibilities, articulation, and finger control, and in moving beyond the fundamentals, covers the ways that brushes can open one’s playing up to new ideas, dynamics, and interactive possibilities.
Open to all drummers, as well as any musicians interested in learning basic time playing with brushes.
$30 advance purchase/$45 day of the workshop