a program of Living Jazz

JAZZ CAMP CLASS DESCRIPTIONS (2014)


When creating your personal class schedule keep these things in mind. Jazz Camp provides a
unique opportunity to take advantage of classes you might not normally get the chance to
participate in. Taking classes outside your discipline can enhance your musical education in ways
you might not have considered. If you are an instrumentalist, consider taking percussion, steel
drum, vocals or dance for rhythm and timing, ensemble classes for hands-on experience, or
songwriting for expanded awareness of song forms and composition. The same is true for
dancers, vocalists or percussionists. Think outside the box! This is your chance to try new things,
and enhance your experience. All classes are 1 hour in length, except for dance classes, which
are 1 hour and 15 minutes. There is a 15-minute gap in between classes to give you time to travel
to your next class. Please keep note of the dance class additional time when scheduling your
classes.

You can sign up for as many as 6 one-hour classes per day. Each day will also include an
additional one-hour of Open Mic right before dinner, a daily evening faculty concert, and a late
night jam session with dessert in the dining room. Since this is a long jam-packed day, consider
carefully whether you want to take a class every hour. You may want to leave some time in your
schedule for practice, relaxation, a dip in the pool, hike in the woods, or conversation with a new
friend.

COMPOSITION, THEORY, AND OTHER SPECIALTY CLASSES

 

BEG THEORY + IMPROV: Gillian Harwin; All Welcome; No Audition Necessary.
Play the correct scale over every chord and why. Learn how certain tones in the scale resolve to other tones over the most common chord progressions, and how to use this in your improvisation. Learn to create rhythmic and melodic motifs and "bend" them over different chord changes, bringing continuity to your solo. This class is ALL ABOUT PLAYING. This is a playing class! Keyboardist can bring their own keyboard if they would prefer not to have to share.


JAZZ BASICS AND FUNDAMENTALS: John Calloway; Beg/Int; All Welcome
Jazz basics and fundamentals is a class geared for those who have had limited music theory or training and want a practical understanding of the genre, or for those just want to fill in the holes in their knowledge of music. We will integrate such skills as listening, singing and reading to develop a working and practical approach to jazz as we hear it during the jazz camp week.


ADV JAZZ THEORY: Tim Carey; Int/Adv; All Welcome
This class will cover a variety of topics including the language of chord symbol notation (9, 11,13, etc..), voicing chords for horns/strings, use of melodic minor harmonies and basic principles of voice leading. As well as various theoretical approaches to improvising and arranging including chord-scale theory and chromatic approaches. The topics covered will be influenced by the interests of the students in addition to the outlined curriculum. A firm grasp of major and minor keys, basic chord types and common jazz chord progressions.


JAZZ-AT-LARGE: Artist in Residence Eric Reed; All Welcome; All Levs; Our Artist in Residence discusses some of the aspects on to be a professional musician. It's great to be a fantastic musician, but how about having a beautiful attitude? It's possible to achieve both. Musical situations, traveling, learning music, taking initiative will be discussed.

 

GETTING ON THE GOOD FOOT, NIGHTLY JAM PREP: Gillian Harwin; Beg/int; All Instruments Welcome. Have you ever been at a jam session but were too scared to sit in? Have you gotten lost during the song? Were you ever cut off in the middle of your solo, or cut someone else off in their solo? Or just felt generally confused and out of place? Learn how to jam with other musicians; how and when to solo, how to lead & how to follow, how to choose a tune, how to end a tune, the best ways to communicate on stage and basically how to be a good jam session participant. Each day, we will prepare tunes for the nightly Jam Session. As a result you'll play in all the styles: Blues, Latin, Funk etc… We'll dish out helpful tips, we'll improvise, and we'll build an understanding of the musical language that you can use each night and beyond! This is a playing class. No audition necessary. Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class before camp.

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OVERCOMING STAGEFRIGHT; Stacey Hoffman; all levels; Open to Singers, instrumentalists or dancers!; Please come prepared with a tune; Everyone -and I do mean everyone- has some form of stage fright. Nervousness is typically the most challenging issue that stops a performer from doing their best. Out of fear or embarrassment, folks will either not admit they suffer from it, or they will overly identify with their fear and talk about it constantly. The challenge is not “if” you suffer from stage fright, but how to deal with it. There are many tangible methods one can learn to effectively help overcome performance anxiety. We’ll learn at least ten different ways to approach the dilemma to help you find the one that works best for you.


WHERE MUSIC + POETRY MEET: Art Lande; All Levs; All Welcome
We’ll mix speaking and singing (and also work with spontaneous language). The musicians will free improvise to support and embellish the text. Max: 4-5 speakers, plus bass, drums, percussion, guitar, 2 wind instruments. Bring some poetry books and some of your own poetry to camp.

 

PERSONAL, SPIRITUAL + SOCIAL MUSIC: Art Lande; All Levs; All Welcome
We will use improvisation to explore things like empathy, joy, loneliness, gentleness, fear and leadership. Everyone welcome!

 

THE 21st CENTURY SONGWRITER: Juliet Green; All Levs; All Welcome
We will be working in three phases of songwriting, dedicating two days to each phase.

Phase 1 (Sun/Mon): How do I get started? For everyone from the newbie to the seasoned pro, sometimes it's just hard to get started! We'll play with lots of techniques, games and tricks to help you make the spark even if you're not feeling inspired. We'll use wordplay, improvisation, games and all kinds of tech toys and apps to get our creativity flowing.

Phase 2 (Tue/Wed): I have this great idea! Now what? Now that we have seeds to plant, we can cultivate some fabulous produce. We'll explore ways to build on an idea, looking at song form, lyric/story development, and melodic/harmonic arrangement to create a complete work. We'll also discuss and practice the art and etiquette of collaboration in developing our ideas.

Phase 3 (Thu/Fri): Show and Tell – We'll share some of our creations and discuss options for changes and revisions. Editing is a big part of the process - sometimes it's hard to tell when our work is "done". Give and take some feedback in a respectful and constructive forum.

 

BLUES AND THE PURSUIT OF FREEDOM: Marcus Shelby; All Levs; All Welcome
This class is a 1 hour interactive music workshop that engages the history of the blues and its relationship to freedom movements. The class covers Harriet Tubman and her work on the Underground Railroad, Civil War, and Women's Suffrage Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and The Civil Rights Movement, early Blues forms, early Blues singers, in class performance, recorded samples, poetry, songs, and more.


FROM CLASSICAL TO JAZZ - CROSSING THE BRIDGE: Stephanie Ozer; All Levs; All Welcome
Do you want to loosen your grip on your classical background and flex your improvising muscle? Are you afraid it's too large a gap to bridge…Nah! This class will help you use your classical chops to embrace the jazz inside you. We'll interpret jazz charts and lead sheets, deepen the listening & responding via in-class playing exercises, and de-mystify the improve process. We'll dish out practical tips to refine your 'feel', time sense, touch, phrasing, for both solo and ensemble playing. Whether you're a virtuoso player, a beginner, or somewhere in between, you'll leave with practical and inspiring tools to take your next musical steps in the vast jazz world. All this in a safe, supportive environment… and it's FUN! Bring your instruments.

 

RHYTHM STUDIO: Keith Terry; All Levs
Entertaining and informative, this class explores a variety of rhythmic systems and concept from around the world, including polyrhythms, crosspulses, polymeters, phasing, half time/double time, and more. Guaranteed to open ears and expand rhythmic horizons.

 

BODY MUSIC WORKSHOP: Keith Terry; All Levs
Using the oldest instrument on the planet -- the human body -- we clap, slap, snap, step and vocalize our way through some very fun and funky, original and traditional rhythmic music. BODY MUSIC is an effective way of internalizing rhythmic work, which enhances the development of time, timing, phrasing, listening skills, independence, coordination and ensemble awareness. It is a useful tool for musicians, dancers and movers of all kinds, actors, DJs, poets and film editors -- anyone concerned with rhythm, time, timing. Wear clothes and shoes suitable for moving.

 

HAMBONE AND MORE: Keith Terry; All Levs
Play your body - clap, slap, snap, step and vocalize. It's body music - music you can see, dance you can hear. This class will explore several traditional styles of body music from around the planet. Old as dirt and still fresh. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for moving.

 

UKULELE ORCHESTRA: Kyle Blase; All Levs
We will concentrate on traditional vamps, turnarounds and a little bit of the history and legend behind the ukulele. Several tunes will be introduced with the intent of mastering at least one during the week. You will do lots of playing! Transpositions will be available to more advanced players that decide to further challenge themselves. We'll give each player the skills & motivation they need to continue on with their own ukulele practice. Bring your Ukulele. Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class before camp.
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DANCE AND MOVEMENT

Reminder: All dance classes are an additional 15 minutes in length (total 1 hour, 15 minutes)


FINE YOGA BODY MOVEMENT
; (7:15 am-before breakfast!) Pamela Carrara; All Levs; All Welcome
Suitable for both the experienced & newbie, FYBM is a powerful and deep practice easily accessible and directly applicable and supportive to maintain and sustain your exciting and challenging activities at Jazz Camp. With ease, jumpstart, maintain, sustain and increase your health and vitality by mindfully honoring, aligning your physical and subtle body to increase strength, mobility & flexibility at all levels of consciousness. This mixed level yoga class includes yogic maintenance techniques, movement and positions with emphasis on the breath and it’s suitable rhythm, to heighten your awareness, receptivity and capacity of your intuitive and perceptive potential giving you greater access to your fullest self-expression and creativity. Bring 1 or 2 mats, towel or a blanket.


BODY MUSIC WORKSHOP: Keith Terry; All Levs
Using the oldest instrument on the planet -- the human body -- we clap, slap, snap, step and vocalize our way through some very fun and funky, original and traditional rhythmic music. BODY MUSIC is an effective way of internalizing rhythmic work, which enhances the development of time, timing, phrasing, listening skills, independence, coordination and ensemble awareness. It is a useful tool for musicians, dancers and movers of all kinds, actors, DJs, poets and film editors -- anyone concerned with rhythm, time, timing. Wear clothes and shoes suitable for moving.

HAMBONE AND MORE: Keith Terry; All Levs
Play your body - clap, slap, snap, step and vocalize. It's body music - music you can see, dance you can hear. This class will explore several traditional styles of body music from around the planet. Old as dirt and still fresh. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for moving.


BEG RUEDA: Manuel Suarez; Beg/int
Rueda (Rueda de Casino or Salsa Rueda) is a particular type of Salsa done in the round where everybody does the same movements in a circle. It was developed in Havana, Cuba in the late1950s and early 1960s by the famous group Guaracheros de Regla. It is, fun, exciting and easy to learn. We will learn how to do the basic steps and basic turns in the Cuban Salsa style Reuda. The movements that the students learn in a group they can also use along with the partner. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
 
INT. RUEDA: Manuel Suarez; Int;
Rueda (Rueda de Casino or Salsa Rueda) is a particular type of Salsa done in the round where everybody does the same movements in a circle. We will learn more complicated turns and how to dance with the partner using the Rueda turns. Come share in this extremely fun and spirited class. The intermediate class is for anyone ready to learn at a faster pace, or with some previous experience. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ DANCE: Lynn Brilhante; All Levs
Class includes basic warm-up and stretching progressing to movement combinations. The goal is to move, create and have a great experience ! Emphasis is on the fun and the spirit of movement. Add dance to your Jazz Camp experience ! Bring loose clothing and dance footwear if you have it (Bare feet are fine).

GET UP OFFA THAT LATIN JAZZ THING!; Sidney Weaverling and Ryan Mead; All Levs;
Dancers should wear comfortable clothes in which they can bend, move and stretch and either bare feet, dance sneakers, jazz shoes or other comfortable shoes that are not sticky and do not grip the floor. Much of Latin jazz is dance music. We will go beyond club-style head bobbin' and foot tappin', and we will get you offa that chair so you can dance! We will build our Latin jazz dance tool kit by exploring the basics of Son, Cha-cha-chá, Bolero, Samba, Conga/Comparsa, Afro-Cuban dance, Rumba, Mambo, and we will dance in "odd" meter. We'll be listening to some of our favorite Latin jazz standards, we'll dig into some of the musical roots of those standards, and we'll reach forward to explore what's happening with contemporary Latin jazz. The idea is to enjoy, connect with, and understand the music more deeply by moving to it. "Get up offa that thing and dance 'til you feel better!"


Dancers & Musicians: Dance+Play!; Aaron Draper; All Levs; No experience necessary – musicians must be at a level to improvise with a group.
Drop in and Play! Indulge in a daily practice of movement exploration with live improvised music. Experience individual as well as group guided dance and interaction. Expand your palate, refine personal authentic movement. Drawing impetus from varying sources; breath, auditory, visual or thematic, tap into innate physical patterns and find new ones. Tantalize time, space and energy in free and structured movement explorations. Wear dance-clothing, performance optional.

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ DANCE: Lynn Brilhante; Int/adv
Explore! This class will be closer to an intermediate level - more material and improvisation than the morning class - slightly more complex movement. Some dance experience a plus. Bring your spirit and your desire to dance. We will create an expressive and energy-filled experience. Bring loose clothing and dance footwear if you have it (Bare feet are fine).

 

HIP-HOP: Natalie Aceves; Beg/int; Let Our spirits connect to Hip-Hop's heartbeat, "the groove", as we explore it's cultural global embodiment of freedom, self expression, support and spirit of love! A full body warm up will unite the mind/body/soul for a stylized Hip-Hop journey integrated with fusion accents (such as jazz, samba, contemporary and more!), touring an authentic quest of liberating movement. Hip-Hop's "free-style" will inspire new shape, rhythm and sound in the soul! Danceable/supportive flat shoes (sneakers, running shoes etc.; no sandals)

 

HIP-HOP: Natalie Aceves; Int/adv; Let Our spirits connect to Hip-Hop's heartbeat, "the groove", as we explore it's cultural global embodiment of freedom, self expression, support and spirit of love! A full body warm up will unite the mind/body/soul for a stylized Hip-Hop journey integrated with fusion accents (such as jazz, samba, contemporary and more!), touring an authentic quest of liberating movement. Hip-Hop's free-style" will inspire new shape, rhythm and sound in the soul! Prior dance experience-the class progresses fast. Danceable Tennis shoes or sneakers; no sandals!


PIANO


PIANO INTENSIVE: Randy Porter; Adv; By Audition on first day of camp.
The Piano Intensive specializes in the art of piano performance and arranging. Two class periods are reserved for six advanced participants where we will explore all aspects of the piano including technique, vocabulary, style and the textures necessary to elevate your understanding and playing, especially with regard to a jazz trio format.

10:15-11:15: Master Class with pianist Randy Porter.
11:30-12:30: Trio playing with professional bass and drums

Ever listen to jazz piano trios such as Oscar Peterson, Brad Mehldau, Erroll Garner, Bad Plus, Keith Jarrett. Bill Evans, and Robert Glasper, and wonder how do they do that? What’s going on? We will look at those trios as well as other influences and search for tools we can have at our finger tips, then work on how to tap those resources to better our own playing and arranging.

About the Audition:
Pianists will be asked to play 2 contrasting songs that show their creativity, flexibility, and proficiency in playing jazz piano with bass and drums. Be prepared to play melody, solo, comp, and trade 4s or 8s, though you may be asked to stop before the song is over due to time constraints.


PIANISM - BEING A COMPLETE PIANIST
: Eric Reed; All Levs
Expand yourself beyond "coming out of a bag" and learn to draw from the entire history of Jazz piano to expand your musical and improvisational scope.


GOSPEL PIANO
: Ben Heveroh; All Levs
This class will explore many of the various components of playing gospel piano. Learn about church chords, preacher chords, house raising chords, gospel jazz chords, one hand vs. two hand chords, etc. We will explore the various basic rhythms and time signatures in gospel music i.e.12/8 vs 4/4, old school vs. hip hop, and more. From traditional hymns to urban contemporary, this class will dig in to the theory and not often discussed components of playing gospel music at the piano. Please come prepared with a tune.


JAZZ PIANO
: Glen Pearson; Beg/int
Approach to developing ideas based on chord progressions and related scales, especially blues. Focus on the building of phrases/ideas both melodically and rhythmically. Should posses a basic knowledge of major, minor and Dominant 7th chords.


THE ARBOREAL CONCEPT
: Jovino Santos Neto; All Levs
This class will expand your ability to connect your intuitive listening skills with the most advanced musical concepts of the 21st century. We will focus on developing musical skills that reach beyond the linear nature of scales and modes. Primarily based on visualization of implicit triads, this unique approach builds upon an intuitive methodology for connecting the melodic and harmonic layers of a composition, arrangement, or improvisation. After some practice, quick shifts in perception of aural entities such as chords, rhythms, and melodic intervals as 4-dimensional patterns emerge. This can become an extremely useful tool for composers, arrangers, and musicians, and serves as a natural counterpart to traditional theoretical approaches.


PIANIST AS COMPOSER— GOING THE EXTRA MILE
: Erik Deutsch; Int/adv
"Go the Extra Mile" is all about encouraging you, the composer, to write your heart out in every song. It's about finding the spots in your compositions where you can go deeper, make unexpected turns, and show the world that you care about writing intelligent music! There's an arsenal of techniques, tools, and tricks that I'll share with you to help your compositions rise above the crowd.

IMPROVISATION FOR A PIANIST IN THE MODERN WORLD: Erik Deutsch; Beg/int
This piano lab will focus on improvisation for pianists in the modern world. Navigating your way through bebop, hard bob, free jazz, third stream, Latin music, blues, rock, country, funk, and ambient music is practically a necessity for the working musician these days. We'll focus on lyrical, rhythmic, and genre specific improvisation instruction aiming to expand your language both in your areas of strength and weakness.


JAZZ PIANO
: Glen Pearson; Int/adv
Focus on melody as a launching point for improvisation. We will explore some of the approaches to crafting ideas around harmony and chord progressions. Should possess fundamental keyboard skills along with the ability to play through a complete composition from either a fakebook or other source.


PLAYING THRU SONGS
: Randy Porter; All Levels
We will work together on these specific songs that embody 6 important categories and elements of playing jazz:
  1. STANDARD/BALLAD-All the Things You Are, In The Wee Small Hours
  2. MODAL-All Blues, Footprints, Blue In Green
  3. BRAZILIAN/CUBAN-Wave, Caravan
  4. METER/FORM-Peri's Scope, Tell Me A Bedtime Story, Falling Grace, How My Heart Sings
  5. BEBOP-Moose The Mooche, Blue Monk
  6. HARMONICALLY COMPLEX-The Night Has 1000 Eyes, Nobody Else But Me, Falling Grace, Very Early, You're Everything

 

BASS


AFRO-CARIBBEAN BASS STYLES FOR THE JAZZ BASSIST: Hans Halt; All Levs
This class will focus on learning the many varied styles of Afro-Caribbean music and applying them to a jazz setting. We will explore the many styles that came out of Cuba and surrounding areas, including mambo, cha-cha, bomba, danzon, merengue, afro 6/8. In order to understand how the bass functions for these different styles, we will learn the various claves, bell patterns, and conga patterns. Students should have moderate technique on the bass and be able to read music.
Electric bass welcome! Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class before camp.
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MORE TO LIFE THAN QUARTER NOTES!
: Hans Halt; Beg/int
This class will explore a variety of rhythmic concepts for the jazz bassist desiring to expand on his or her vocabulary as an effective accompanist. Emphasis will be placed on developing a great time feel, while freeing the bassist up to have a more interactive approach. We will begin by looking at the art of playing in a two-feel, listening to and imitating the styles of masters past to present. We will then look at how we can expand on the two-feel with rhythmic subdivisions of the triplet, using rakes, drops, and other techniques that also apply to walking bass. Lastly, we will explore different ways to create a more open time feel by using pedal points, playing over the bar line, and interacting contrapuntally with the soloist. Throughout the week we will do some fun ear training exercises to improve our ability to interact in a group setting. Bring your bass, some blank music staff paper and a pencil. Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class before camp

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SURVEY OF BASS STYES AND TECHNIQUES
: Tim Carey; All Levs
This class will cover the characteristic grooves, fills, and bass techniques associated with a wide variety of musical styles and eras including but not limited to various swing feels, Brazilian, funk, and jazz fusion. We will examine a different style each day through listening and playing while we take note of characteristic rhythms, accents, harmonic implications, and techniques characteristic of each style.


SOLO BASS IMPROVISATION
: Tim Carey; Int/adv
Bassists often find themselves improvising
with no or very little accompaniment. This class will examine techniques for conveying both the harmony and the melody of a tune simultaneously in a bass solo. Emphasis will be placed on a trio setting but there sill be several days devoted to purely solo bass performance. We will explore extended techniques as well as organizational methods and exercises. Should have a firm knowledge of scales and arpeggios on the fingerboard.


ACOUSTIC BASS
: Marcus Shelby; Beg/int
Fundamentals of playing acoustic bass. Focus on swing, playing the blues, playing ballads, improvisation, harmony, transcriptions, and more. Should have some experience playing acoustic bass.


ACOUSTIC BASS
: Marcus Shelby; Int/adv
This class will focus on creating walking bass lines over the blues, reading transcriptions of bass solos, improvising on the bass, playing ballads, developing a good acoustic sound, technique harmony, and more. Students will study the work of Jimmy Blanton, Oscar Pettiford, Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, and more. Basic reading skills and some performance experience necessary.


DRUMS, PERCUSSION AND STEELDRUMS


AROUND THE WORLD ON A DRUMSET LITE: Dave Rokeach; Beg/Int
When's the last time you played Rock, Jazz, and Funk all in one hour?  Come have some fun on the drum kit and learn about Jazz, Swing, Bossa, Funk and more! You'd be surprised how much you already know… we'll just connect the dots. And it's fun!


AROUND THE WORLD ON A DRUMSET
: Dave Rokeach; Int/adv
We will be exploring the various styles of music on the drum kit. We’ll examine the influence that different musical styles have had on Jazz, as well as the influence that Jazz has had and continues to have on other styles of music. We’ll play Swing and Straight Ahead Jazz, as well as Brazilian, Afro Cuban, Blues, New Orleans, Funk and Rock Grooves. We'll work on coordination exercises that will help students become more fluid in all of these styles. Included will be an introduction to basic polyrhythms, as well as chart reading. You will leave with confidence to play in almost any musical situation! And it's fun! Some drumming experience and jazz coordination necessary
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CHART READING DEMYSTIFIED:
Dave Rokeach All Levs
Drummers! Do you lose your groove when someone puts a chart in front of you? Would you like to feel more comfortable in chart reading situations? It's not as hard as you think. Learn to use the skills you already have, along with some tricks of the trade that will help you actually have FUN reading charts. We'll play a variety of charts as we discover how to use your most valuable tool for sight-reading: YOUR EARS!

AFRO-CARIBBEAN DRUM N BASS: Dave Flores; Int/adv
The rhythm section can either make the tune swing or swing. In order for it to swing the rhythm section need to speak the same language. This course is geared toward decoding Afro-Caribbean rhythms and grooves for bass players, drums and percussionists. This class will combine with Dave Flores’ Afro-Caribbean Drum n Bass class later in the week!


TIME...IT'S NOT JUST FOR WATCHES
: Dave Flores: All Levs
Pocket is a term used to compliment a drummer’s sensibility of groove and feel. To rock a tune or to comp for a soloist without sacrificing the groove for an idea is not easy task. We will use the week playing different grooves and sharpening up our inner sense of time. Must already be able to play drums or percussion.


SO MANY BELLS...SO LITTLE TIME; Dave Flores
: Int/adv
This class is for drummers/percussionists primarily, but instrumentalists that would like to jump in on a groove are welcome. We will focus on playing Afro-Caribbean rhythms for drum set and percussion. Too many bells in the kitchen can spoil a groove that's cookin'. When the percussion section is made up of two or more players it is imperative that all players involved are on the same page and speaking the same language. Making it groove and understanding the big picture will be our goal for the week. We will look at how to groove as a unit when we hit a mambo section or rock a comparsa and having the party opt for a conga line instead of the limbo.


VISITING THE ALAN DAWSON TECHNIQUES
: Akira Tana; All Levs
The legendary teacher developed techniques for the drum set that have been passed on through generations of students and teachers. This class will review some of these techniques- as time allows. These techniques will be visited through Ted Reed’s Syncopation and George Stone’s Stick Control. Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class before camp.
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THE PULSE/BASIC BRUSH TECHNIQUES
: Akira Tana; Beg/int
This fundamental element of music will be explored. Students will be made aware of how important the pulse, how it impacts the very core of music. Creative improvisatory music, like jazz encourages embellishment and assumes an understanding of how important the basic pulse is, but without a grasp of this importance, any attempt at is rendered meaningless. This class will explore subdivisions of the pulse and how it is affected by tempo and feel. Basic brush techniques will be addressed in relation to the PULSE.

SHAPING MELODIES: Akira Tana; Int/adv
This class will explore the role the drums have in playing and interpreting melodies and how it contributes to playing time with context, not as a separate entity. Melodic soloing will also be addressed. Students will be expected to choose a song to sing, play, shape, choreograph and solo. A willing voice and a lead sheet of the songs you will sing by memory for reference. Must be able to sing your favorite song while playing the drums.

 

ALL-IN-ONE PERCUSSION: Josh Jones; Int/adv
Diversify your knowledge base with world-renowned percussionist Josh Jones. Josh will dig deep into the roots of Afro-Cuban percussion as well as how to play in genre-specific styles, including jazz, reggae, funk, and more. Josh Jones has played drums & percussion with everyone from Tupac Shakur and Michael Franti to Don Cherry, Omar Sosa, Steve Coleman, Yosvanny Terry, Peter Apfelbaum, and Afrocuba de Matanzas.


CARIBBEAN SENSIBILITY FOR THE DRUMSET
: Josh Jones; All Levs
This class is a must for drummers interested in the music of the Caribbean. We will talk about the drumming traditions of Cuba, as well as the evolution of roots reggae rhythms. Josh will demonstrate examples of Soca, Calypso, Salsa, Cha Cha, Reggae, and Dancehall, and address how it relates to Jazz and contemporary music on the drumset.


RHYTHM STUDIO, Keith Terry
: All Levs 
Entertaining and informative, this class explores a variety of rhythmic systems and concept from around the world, including polyrhythms, crosspulses, polymeters, phasing, half time/double time, and more.  Guaranteed to open ears and expand rhythmic horizons.


PANDEIRO
: Ami Molinelli; All Levs
The Pandeiro is the Brazilian tambourine, known as a "drumset in a box".. This class will focus on technique, rhythms, varying regional styles, tricks and treats and notation for those who are able to read notation. I will have pandeiros available for those who do not have them and will talk about its relationship with other Brazilian percussion instruments


RECYCLED RHYTHMS OF THE DIASPORA
: Ami Molinelli; All Levs
From hambone to bo diddley, boogaloo to clave, from swing to funk, we will explore upbeats, downbeats, and everything in between. Polyrhythms on buckets, thimbles and washboards. Materials/Instruments provided.


FROM SAMBA SCHOOL TO THE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
: Ami Molinelli; Int/adv
This class will learn a traditional samba school arrangement from Carnaval and also how to take traditional Brazilian instruments and apply them to your life as a musician! The first half of the week we will prepare for the Indian Bowl parade. After that we will look at how these instruments traveled from a Brazilian marching band into the Brazilian jazz ensemble and how you can use them.


BEG. CONGA
: John Santos; Beg/int
A primer for technique, sound and basic rhythmic development. Must be able to open eyes and ears simultaneously. Bring congas, chekere, guiro, bells, claves and maracas. Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class before camp.
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CONGA DE COMPARSA SANTIAGUERA
: John Santos; Int/adv
The conga de comparsa Santiaguera is the fundamental rhythm of the Carnaval in the streets of Santiago de Cuba. Bring congas, bombo (floor tom, bass drum, or surdo played with a mallet), marugas (metallic shakers) and bells. Should have good sense of time and know basic sounds and coordination on congas if you want to play congas.


SPIRIT SONGS
: John Santos; Percussion, Vocals ; All Levs
Cuban and Puerto Rican songs of Afro/spiritual origin are the foundation of much spiritual practice in the African diaspora and are also at the root of contemporary Salsa and Latin Jazz. They continue to be a strong base of identity for many Caribbean descendants in and out of the region. We will sing in Yoruba, Kongo and Spanish. The rich melodic, harmonic and rhythmic qualities of this music will inspire you as well as enhance your musicality. Must have basic ability to hear, sing and hold melodies and harmonies. Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class.
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BIG FUN ON THE STEEL PANS
: Mark Rosenthal; All Levs; We will be jamming from day one. It usually takes very little time to get our collective groove on. For one thing the instruments provided have all the notes written on the drums!! (shhh...don't tell anyone). Steel pans are not only a unique addition to the world's catalogue of instruments, they are also really fun to play. If you enjoy the sound and have never played you need to check it out. One Trinidadian saying I like is: “Not I, We!” and it is very much a community feeling playing in the steelband. In the class, we explore different styles of music. Students will be given parts to play according to their level. Classes often prepare one or two pieces for a Saturday performance.

GUITAR


JAZZ FOR GUITAR; GETTING INTO IT: Jeffrey Burr; Beg/int
Jeffrey will go over the fundamentals of fretboard harmony, and introduce ear training concepts. Students will work on basic cadence control in their improvising, with a simple ear-based approach. No reading required, just careful listening. Students are presumed to have little to no experience playing jazz. Students using solid-body guitars should have a small amp, only loud enough to match the volume of the acoustic players.


JAZZ FOR GUITAR; DEEPER STILL:
Jeffrey Burr; Int/adv
Students should have some experience with jazz and know a few tunes. Those using solid-body guitars should have a small amp, only loud enough to match the volume of the acoustic players. In this class Jeffrey will work with students to strengthen ear-hand coordination, deepen the understanding of chord/scale theory, and nurture the aural imagination. These three "prongs" will help guitarists to bridge the gap between music theory and music.


THE ART OF THE GUITAR + VOICE DUO:
Jeffrey Burr, Madeline Eastman; Int/adv; Guitarists + Singers
Vocalists bring a list of songs with keys that you know by heart. You may bring charts, but it’s best if you stick to the standards ; Madeline and Jeffrey team up to demonstrate the thrill and all the possibilities that playing together in an intimate guitar/voice duo setting affords you. This hands-on class will teach you about the freedom, the intimacy, the twists and turns that are possible. We’ll reveal some of the tricks that keep a duo moving, connected and wildly thrilling!


TRITONE SUBSTITUTION - THE 'UNWRITTEN' HIPNESS:
Terrence Brewer; Int/adv
In this class guitarists will use one of the most powerful harmonic elements in jazz, Tritone Substitution (b5th interval), to enhance their chord comping, chord melodies, arrangements, and improvisation. We will focus on Voice Leading and Improvisation techniques/principals specific to guitar playing. Should have basic knowledge of 6th, 5th, 4th string root guitar chord shapes and basic Major, Minor, Dominant harmony. Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class before camp.

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THE ART OF CHORD/BASS ACCOMPANIMENT FOR GUITAR
: Terrence Brewer; All Levs;
This class will explore Jazz Walking Bass and Brazilian/Afro-Caribbean Chord/Bass Styles. You’ll learn how to combine moving bass lines with rhythmic chord accompaniment parts. The merging of these two accompaniment styles creates that dynamic sound used by guitar greats like Tuck Andress, Charlie Hunter, Joe Pass, Jobim, and many others. Participants will use diatonic and chromatic/leading bass tones while playing the chord structure, incorporating passing chords, and applying harmonic substitutions. Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class before camp.
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BLUES GUITAR
: Alvon Johnson; All Levs
Blues Guitar players speak from the heart. This class is designed to help you find that voice and to give you the tools to construct your sentences so that you can speak with feeling.  Also, we will explore the importance of creating and engaging in the musical dialog on the bandstand with your fellow musicians during the song. In this workshop, we will also explore your role as a rhythm guitarist in playing and maintaining a groove.  


UKULELE ORCHESTRA
: Kyle Blase; All Levs
We will concentrate on traditional vamps, turnarounds and a little bit of the history and legend behind the ukulele. Several tunes will be introduced with the intent of mastering at least one during the week. You will do lots of playing! Transpositions will be available to more advanced players that decide to further challenge themselves. We’ll give each player the skills & motivation they need to continue on with their own ukulele practice. Bring your Ukulele. Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class before camp.
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WIND INSTRUMENTS


FLUTE: John Calloway; All Levs
Class will be divided according to ability level, focusing on technique and improvisation with jazz and Latin styles of music. We will also look at Brazilian and other flute choir music. Must have some rudimentary skills on flute.


SAXOPHONE: Patrick Wolff; Beg/int
This class will cover the fundamentals of saxophone technique, including breathing, embouchre, body mechanics, articulation, and yes, maybe a couple minutes on mouthpieces and reeds. But just a couple, ok?


SAXOPHONE: Patrick Wolff; Int/adv
This class will elaborate in detail on the finer points of saxophone playing, and explore how style and technique serve each other. We will discuss idiomatic approaches to the horn, and work on practice strategies that help us realize our sound ideal. Solid command of instrumental technique and basic understanding of jazz styles.


MELODIC INTERPRETATION FOR THE SAXOPHONE: Paul McCandless; All Levs
Using relatively uncomplicated material we will work at developing an instrumental voice, a personal sound. Through intention, inflection, tuning, legato and articulation we will take advantage of the highly expressive nature of the saxophone.


SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE: Paul McCandless; All Levs
Identifying structure in the moment and utilizing the contrast pairs of foreground and background, texture and lines, harmony and dissonance, leading and following to explore spontaneous music making. By the end of the week we can expect to come up with some coherent group improvisation.


SAX: CREATING MELODY: Paul McCandless; Int/adv
All Welcome; We’ll begin looking at the elements that go into making melody. Employing the shapes and structures that give it character, we’ll apply this focus to improvised line playing.


CALLING ALL TROMBONES!: Jeff Cressman, Natalie Cressman; All Levs
Amplify your enjoyment of lip vibration with the stalwart of the brass family. We will cover warm-up techniques, practice routines and repertoire. But the fun will be what we will create together; improvisation is at the heart of jazz. Learn how the trombone fits into the music of many cultures and styles. Rock and Roll road stories will be told. Must have a trombone.


Trumpet!: Peck Allmond; Int/Adv
We will dive in as far as we can to jazz trumpet playing! Using heads and solos by great composer/players like Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker, and Tadd Dameron, as well as jazz trumpet duets (see below), we will examine phrasing and articulation. We will work on improvisation, looking at approaches to harmony and rhythm ranging from basic to advanced. And we will explore fundamentals of trumpet technique - lip flexibility, tone production, range/endurance, tongue position, and breathing. Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class before camp.
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Trumpet!
: Peck Allmond; All Levs
Further explorations into the world of the trumpet, and a chance to accommodate different levels of students, as necessary.


CLARINET + OTHER COOL INSTRUMENTS: Patrick Wolff; All Levs; Instruments Only
From the harp to the oboe to the musical saw, jazz has found a niche for just about every instrument. Whether your axe is obscure or not, in this class we will work on understanding the role of your instrument in a musical and historical context, building a unique musical identity, and developing tools for soloing and improvising in a jazz context. Using applied theory, we will develop ways to approach and practice the music you love. Clarinets, violins, flutes, accordions, bassoons, trombones, and anything else you can dream up, bring it by and we'll make it swing!


EFFICIENT SOUND PRODUCTION FOR BRASS: Mario Guarneri; All Levs;
All Brass Instruments; Open to all brass instruments. We will start with breathing techniques for relaxation, maximizing inhalation, and managing exhalation We will practice creating an embouchure which utilizes the breath to achieve a resonate sound, with more usable range and endurance.


VOCALS


VOCAL INTENSIVE: Greta Matassa; Adv
The Vocal Intensive is an opportunity for 10 advanced singers to work with a professional jazz artist in a highly concentrated setting. You'll be working on concept, finding your individuality, the mechanics of singing and communicating with a trio and much, much more! This ½ day Intensive includes a professional rhythm section with a focus on individual singing. You must commit to the full ½ day Intensive. No partial attendance. Vocalists may rejoin our regular classes in the afternoon.

9–10 am:
Master Class with Greta Matassa
10:15 am–12:30 pm: Class joined by professional piano, bass & drums

About the Audition:
Because of the high volume of applicants, you will be singing just ½ chorus of a song of your choice. Please bring a chart (lead sheet) in your key for the audition. You will be accompanied by a pianist.


SING WITH A TRIO!: Greta Matassa; All Levs
How do I learn the same “language” as the musicians. What order are the solos? How do I count-off the entire band? Where do I look? Who’s in charge? How can I truly make music with a whole trio? Singing with a trio can be thrilling, but it’s daunting too. If these questions resonate with you, come to our “trio” class and get ready to move to the next level. In order to accommodate as many singers as possible, this class will move very quickly. No Audition necessary. Prepare three songs, with charts including a ballad and one up-tempo song.


ALL-CAMP GOSPEL CHOIR
: Terrance Kelly; All Levs; All Welcome
Here's your chance to sing Gospel music under the direction of Terrance Kelly- Everyone is invited! We will do several types of gospel music from contemporary to traditional, giving a taste of what’s out there in gospel today. This is often the most memorable experience at camp, so don't miss it.


GOSPEL VOCAL ENSEMBLE
: Terrance Kelly; All Levs; (THIS CLASS BEGINS MONDAY!)
Small ensemble working with contemporary gospel stylings and harmonies and polyrhythms. We will perform at the final gospel concert. No Audition Necessary.


GOSPEL RUNS
: Terrance Kelly; All Levs
Do you ever listen to Bebe Winans and say “I wish I could do that!”? Fortify your singing with authentic Gospel runs and add them to your singing arsenal.


THE EASE & POWER OF IMPROVISATION
Destani Wolf; All Levs
Diversify your improvisational vocal skills singing a cappella and over various styles of music like soul, reggae and urban sounds. We will explore your vocal pallet through mimicking of instruments, harmonies and freestyle (improvisation). Let go and Let’s sing!


THE POWER OF YOUR VOICE & PERFORMANCE!
: Destani Wolf; Int/adv
Have a song prepared and the willingness to open and share through your voice in a fun and supportive space. Learn to enhance the unique qualities of your sound. Along with vocal technique for supporting and maintaining a strong healthy voice, you’ll also gain tools on how to make a song your own and how to take your performance to the next level. A lead chart of a song you know, if possible.


FROM PASSION TO PRACTICE TO STAGE
: Destani Wolf; All Levs; All Welcome
Have a song prepared and the willingness to open and share through your voice in a fun and supportive space. Learn to nurture the special qualities of your sound. Along with basic vocal technique for supporting and maintaining a strong healthy voice, you’ll also gain tools on how to make a song your own and how to have a strong performance. A simple lead sheet to your song, if you have one. 


BEG/INT VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
: Christine Guter; Beg/int
Learn the basics of singing vocal jazz harmonies and rhythms in an ensemble setting. Everyone welcome! We’ll learn a few beginning-level, quality jazz arrangements. Fun!


INT/ADV VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
: Christine Guter; Int/adv
This is a small vocal ensemble for those experienced in jazz part-singing. Challenge your spirit and mind to a high level of performance in a safe, supportive environment. We will perform 2 or 3 jazz arrangements which will feature ensemble singing as well as solos and scatting.
By audition on first day of camp.


VOCAL TECHNIQUE- A JOURNEY TO MASTERING YOUR INSTRUMENT
: Christine Guter All Levs
Every singer is different, but the basics of vocal technique are constant. Sometimes it can be a challenge figuring out how to de-mystify technique with your unique voice. Basics will be
addressed, as well as needs of the individuals in the class. This will be a fun workshop that will
evolve to fit the questions and needs of those who sign up. "The better you can sing, the better
you can SING!"


REDISCOVERING CHICO BUARQUE
: Claudia Gomez; All Levs
Singer, guitarist, composer, dramatist, writer and poet, Chico Buarque’s music work is one of the most important treasures of Brazilian musical culture to date. His lyrics are characterized by an inventive wordplay. His music is nostalgic, minimalistic and unique. We’ll learn some of his most rare and beautiful songs. Some understanding of Portuguese language would be a plus!


AFRO COLOMBIAN SONGS
: Claudia Gomez; All Levs
Chants from the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of Colombia. Exotic rhythms with simple melodies compound the Afro-Colombian traditional music from these two coastal areas. Bullerengues, Currulaos and more, will be sang a cappella, with palms and body movements. Some understanding of Spanish language would be a plus!


THE MUSIC OF DJAVAN
: Claudia Gomez; All Levs
Brazilian singer songwriter Djavan combines traditional Brazilian rhythms with popular music drawn from the Americas, Europe and Africa. Djavan's musical influences go from swing to blues to a very personal way of making 'samba'. In the United States his songs have been interpreted by the Manhattan Transfer, Toots Thilleman, Al Jarreau, Carmen McRae, Loredana Bertè, Eliane Elias, and other artists. We'll learn some of his most famous funk samba songs. Some understanding of Portuguese language would be a plus!


LYRICS: MORE THAN JUST WORDS
: Shanna Carlson; All Levs
“Lyrics are 99% of what a song is about…pleasant melody is the frosting, cake is the lyric”, Mel Torme.  What makes the difference between the singer who reaches you and the one who makes you yawn? We'll work on ideas to bring out your interpretations of your favorite songs. Please bring 3-4 songs memorized. No lyric reading, please.


SPIRIT SONGS
: John Santos; Percussion, Vocals ; All Levs
Cuban and Puerto Rican songs of Afro/spiritual origin are the foundation of much spiritual practice in the African diaspora and are also at the root of contemporary Salsa and Latin Jazz. They continue to be a strong base of identity for many Caribbean descendants in and out of the region. We will sing in Yoruba, Kongo and Spanish. The rich melodic, harmonic and rhythmic qualities of this music will inspire you as well as enhance your musicality. Basic ability to hear, sing and hold melodies and harmonies. Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class before camp.
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BLUES FOR THE SOUL
: Nicolas Bearde; Beg/int
Come find and release your inner “Muddy” and “Etta”. Big Momma Thornton, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson; What's all of the shouting about? Let's get into the soul of it- maybe even find a voice you never knew you had! We'll get down to the core of the blues and work on understanding the heart, soul and freedom found in the most inspiring blues performances (yes Hilda, there is JOY in the blues...). We'll listen a bit and sing a bit- as we explore the essence of the art form.


SOUL CIRCLE
: Nicolas Bearde; All Levs; All Welcome
Nicolas is a charter member of Bobby McFerrin's renowned Voicestra and is a founding member of the Bay Area's own, SoVoSo. singers will learn how to create intricate harmonies for multiple voices. Break out of the "box" of traditional harmonic forms and singing styles and let your spirit lead you. You will sing over improvised harmonies and jazz changes. In addition to harmony, we will utilize vocal and body percussion to help develop rhythmic foundations and sound palates for the improvisations that we'll develop. There will be opportunities for almost all to solo and create depending on group size.


GETTING YOUR "TUNE" ON
: Nicolas Bearde; Int/adv
Renowned Jazz recording artist, Nicolas Bearde will help singers develop repertoire and performance technique with a focus on Jazz, Pop and Blues music styles. Learn to understand, interpret and perform these popular music genres with soul and creativity. Focus is also given to presentation, stage presence and understanding the professional working environment. Participants are asked to bring two songs, with charts, for study; one ballad and one up-tempo number in their chosen genre(s) for performance and evaluation. Class size is limited. Must have legible and usable lead sheets plus an understanding of basic vocal and performance techniques. Working artists are encouraged to join.


THE ART OF THE GUITAR + VOICE DUO
: Jeffrey Burr, Madeline Eastman; Int/adv; Guitarists + Singers
Vocalists bring a list of songs with keys that you know by heart. You may bring charts, but it’s best if you stick to the standards; Madeline and Jeffrey team up to demonstrate the thrill and all the possibilities that playing together in an intimate guitar/voice duo setting affords you. This hands-on class will teach you about the freedom, the intimacy, the twists and turns that are possible. We’ll reveal some of the tricks that keep a duo moving, connected and wildly thrilling!


DRUM WITH YOUR VOICE
: Andrew Chaikin; All Levs; All Welcome
Explore the art form of vocal percussion with Andrew Chaikin (aka master beatboxer Kid Beyond). Vocal percussion is a beautiful practice for singers, instrumentalists, poets, and anyone interested in rhythm, phrasing, and improvisation. Even if you don't sing or drum, you'll be jamming with your voice in no time. Lots of group play as well as individual instruction. By the end of the week, we'll create the biggest, baddest, funkiest vocal percussion ensemble on the planet.


EXTREME A CAPPELLA
: Andrew Chaikin; All Levs; All Welcome
Come join our a cappella funk band! Through improvisation, creative exercises and vocal play,we'll write and arrange an original song that we'll perform onstage at the end of the week. It will be a rush; you will have a blast. Auditions will be held on the first day of camp.


THE PLAYGROUND
: Andrew Chaikin; All Levs; All Welcome
Remember playing outside? Like, when you were a kid? In this delicious hour we'll give ourselves the freedom to just play – with our voices, with our bodies, and with our natural surroundings. We'll make noise. We'll jump around. We'll send our Inner Critic on vacation. We'll get funky and creative and weird. We'll listen carefully to our hearts, to each other, and to the forest around us. Get ready to play!



COMBOS AND ENSEMBLE CLASSES


JAZZ CAMP BIG BAND
: Peck Allmond; All Levs; Instruments Only; No Audition Necessary
This class is intended for players of sax, trumpet, bone, guitar, piano, bass, and drums who have
been playing for at least 2 years and can read music. Participants must be willing to work as
team members for the sake of producing a beautiful and grooving ensemble sound.
We will rehearse written and improvised big band ensemble music and perform at the end of the
week. We'll be reading through charts from many of the best big bands throughout jazz history,
including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Oliver Nelson, and Quincy Jones
Open to instrumentalists, sight reading skills a big plus!


JAZZ CAMP LATIN BIG BAND
: John Calloway; All Levs; Instruments Only; No Audition Necessary
Sight reading skills a big plus! Study and performance of various Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban big band music culminating in the Friday night camp concert/ dance party.


COMBO
: By audition only on first day of camp.
For the audition, you will play a tune of your choice and site-read another tune. NOTE: If you are accepted into the Adv. Instrumental Track, you may not also be in a Combo. There are ten faculty-led combos of varying levels offered each day. Spend the week playing in a combo setting under the tutelage one of our faculty members.  The combos are NOT just for advanced players. Don’t hesitate to audition if you're a less-experienced player. Not everyone will end up in a combo, so please be prepared with a second choice during that time slot, or create your own group!


ADV INSTRUMENTAL TRACK
: Eric Reed; Adv; Instruments Only. By Audition on first day of camp.
This 2-hour group intensive offers advanced students a week-long opportunity to study and play together under the tutelage of our esteemed Artist in Residence, Eric Reed. Designed for a maximum of 12 instrumentalists, this program provides advance instruction in a focused immersive setting.

3-4 pm: Master Class with our Artist in Residence, Eric Reed
4:15-5:15 pm: Class conducted by a different faculty member each day.

The Advanced Instrumental Track culminates with a performance on the last Saturday of camp. Note: If accepted into the Instrumental Track, you may not join a Combo. However you may audition/join and the Adv. Piano Program.


SPONTANEOUS MORNING ENSEMBLE
: Jovino Santos Neto; All Levs; All Welcome
This class is aimed at all levels of musicianship. Reading is not necessary. Compositions and arrangements are created by Jovino in class with the available instruments and are learned by ear before being notated. Everyone who wants to can play, while they develop strong listening skills. No reading is necessary, but a keen musical ear and sharp reflexes are a pre-requisite. All instruments and vocals are welcome.


THE MYSTERY OF SAMBA ENSEMBLE
: Jovino Santos Neto; Int/adv; All Welcome
In spite of being universally recognized as the national rhythm of Brazil and of having earned its place in the jazz universe, samba remains one of the hardest grooves to master, due to its syncopated melodies and multiple layers of percussive activity. The week at Jazz Camp West will give the participants in this class the opportunity to explore different feels for samba music, to acquire contextual improvisations skills, and how to be become better sambistas. Facility in reading simple lead sheets, improvising skills, familiarity with Brazilian music. Note: Please download the hand-outs for this class before camp.
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THE BIG BLUES EXPERIENCE!
: Alvon Johnson; All Levs; All Welcome
Students will learn a variety of instrumental blues songs and blues forms with the intention of arranging, performing, and refining these tunes and developing a repertoire similar to one that might be used in a working blues band and encouraging improvisation over this repertoire. The initial goal will be to learn to play individual parts in order to make a band sound, learn how to support the soloist, learn how to enter and exit solos, learn how to play as a unit. The ultimate goal would be to develop an entire set of blues, all learned and played by ear.


FUNK ENSEMBLE
: Ben Heveroh; All Levs; All Welcome
Exploring the unique elements of funk in a group ensemble. We will dig into different genres of funk from James Brown, Sly Stone, P-Funk, Prince, and more. In addition to playing, the class will listen, analyze and dig into recordings in the same way one would study jazz or any other authentic style of music. Learn about locking with other players, making it bounce, and hitting on the '1', and basic concepts of the funk groove. All instruments welcome.


THE MANTRA ENSEMBLE
: Art Lande; All Levs; All Welcome
We will learn simple songs by ear and play them for the entire class hour. We will go deep into the atmosphere of each piece. All instruments and vocalists welcome. I’d like to limit the instrumentation to: 1 piano, 2 guitars, 1 bass, 1 drummer. Check in with Art if you need to!


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