Sat. 12/1 Master Class with WeBe3
11:00 am-3:00 pm
It’s a rare opportunity to study with these three devoted teachers in one setting. Working together, Rhiannon, Joey Blake, and David Worm use the Voicestra model as the format which allows deep listening, ensemble blend, and soloing. Each teacher’s special skills are highlighted: Rhiannon works skillfully with the spirit of improvisation; Joey with vocal bass lines and gospel-style music; and David with percussive singing, composition, and soloing. Workshop participants sit in for an improv or two in WeBe3’s evening concert (8:00 pm).
$60 Jazzschool students, $75 others
Sun. 12/2 Thinking in the Key: A Crash Course in Functional Jazz Harmony
11:30 am-2:00 pm
This lecture-format workshop with Debbie Poryes for all instrumentalists and vocalists quickly covers the basic primary and secondary seventh chords in major and minor keys. A wide range of jazz tunes is analyzed. Instructor discusses major-minor mixture, pivots and modulation, and common harmonic progressions in jazz standards. In addition to soloing in the key, Poryes illustrates the use of chord tones and their elaboration as a strategy for improvisation.
$30 Jazzschool students, $45 others
Sun. 12/2 Personal Financial Planning for Musicians
12:00 noon-2:00 pm
In this session, Merrill Lynch financial adviser Adam Messinger presents the core ideas behind some of the financial planning options available to self-employed musicians, including: setting personal goals; the basics of asset allocation and diversification; the use of SEP/IRA plans for retirement savings. A 30-minute question-&-answer period follows the discussion.
Free Admission! (Please call the Jazzschool at 510-845-5373 to reserve your seat.)
Sun. 12/9 Techniques for Alternative String Playing
12:00 noon-3:00 pm
In this hands-on workshop led by Jeremy Cohen (member of the Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco), students learn techniques and stylistic components for playing in contemporary genres including jazz, blues, country, and tango. Discussion of rhythm techniques, scale, and pattern exercises for improvisation, playing in bands of different styles, understanding and developing techniques for being in a supportive role for other players as well as a leader player.
$45 Jazzschool students, $60 others
Unless otherwise noted, all classes and workshops take place at the Jazzschool, located in the historic Kress Building at 2087 Addison Street (at Shattuck), in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District.