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George Van Eps: An Introduction for Six String Guitarists with Nick Rossi

Workshop | Sun. 6/30: 12–3 pm

George Van Eps: An Introduction for Six String Guitarists with Nick Rossi

The consummate guitarists’ guitarist, George Van Eps spent most of life defining and refining an approach to playing the instrument.

Soloing in Minor Keys with Kasey Knudsen

Workshop | Sunday, July 21, 11 am – 1 pm

Soloing in Minor Keys with Kasey Knudsen

Saxophonist Kasey Knudsen shares a range of ideas for soloing on jazz tunes in minor keys in this hands-on, interactive workshop for all players.  Bring your instrument!  About Kasey Knudsen Kasey Knudsen, a San Francisco-based saxophonist, composer, and educator, is a prominent figure in the Bay Area jazz scene.

Adventures in Creativity: Strategies for Stimulating Spontaneous Self-Expression with Richard Niles

Workshop | Saturday, June 1, 2 – 4 pm

Adventures in Creativity: Strategies for Stimulating Spontaneous Self-Expression with Richard Niles

In this workshop, Richard Niles presents many strategies developed during his 50-year career to stimulate creativity, with practical exercises for artists to develop their own voice.

Friendly Jazz Vocal Masterclass with Andrea Wolper

Workshop | Saturday, June 1, Noon – 3 pm

Friendly Jazz Vocal Masterclass with Andrea Wolper

In this low-pressure masterclass, jazz vocalist and singing teacher Andrea Wolper will work with you to help your performance soar.

Universal Vocal Technique with Kalil Wilson

Workshop | Sunday, June 2, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Universal Vocal Technique with Kalil Wilson

Vocalist Kalil Wilson shares strategies for developing a balanced vocal sound.

Soloing on 12-bar Blues with Kenny Brooks

Workshop | Sunday, June 2, 2 – 4 pm

Soloing on 12-bar Blues with Kenny Brooks

3-Part ONLINE Improv Series Each workshop in this hands-on, 3-part improvisation series focuses on a common jazz tune or chord progression.

Soloing on Joy Spring with Charles McNeal

Workshop | Sunday, June 16, 2 – 4 pm

Soloing on Joy Spring with Charles McNeal

3-Part ONLINE Improv Series Each workshop in this hands-on, 3-part improvisation series focuses on a common jazz tune or chord progression.

Cancelled Soloing on Rhythm Changes with James Mahone

Workshop | Sunday, May 26, 2 – 4 pm

Soloing on Rhythm Changes with James Mahone

4-part IN-PERSON Improv Series Each workshop in this hands-on 4-part improvisation series focuses on a common jazz tune or chord progression.

Cancelled Healing, Wellbeing, and the Neuroscience of Improvisation w/Bradley Vines

Workshop | Sun. 5/26: 2–4 pm

Healing, Wellbeing, and the Neuroscience of Improvisation w/Bradley Vines

This workshop explores the relationship between improvisation and health.

High School Funk Ensembles

FALL: Sat. 10–11:30 am 9/28 – 12/7 (10 weeks)

High School Funk Ensembles

Learn the classic funk hits of James Brown, Sly Stone, and others.

Middle School Jazz Combos

Weekly Various Times

Middle School Jazz Combos

Learn to play jazz and improvise while covering a wide repertoire from John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Harris, and other jazz masters.

High School Jazz Combos

Weekly Various Times

High School Jazz Combos

Gain a greater understanding of jazz theory and develop improvisation skills through the study and performance of challenging jazz repertoire.

Advanced High School Jazz Workshops

FALL: Mondays 4:45 – 6:15 pm 9/23 – 12/2 (11 weeks)

Advanced High School Jazz Workshops

Explore the post-bop harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal innovations of Coltrane, Shorter, Corea, Hancock, Brecker, and others in this multiple DownBeat award-winning ensemble.

Studio Band – High School Big Band

FALL: Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm 9/23 – 12/2 (11 weeks)

Studio Band – High School Big Band

Develop technique, knowledge of jazz style, and an ability to improvise through standard and contemporary big band repertoire.

Jazz Ain’t Nothing But The Blues

Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm 7/8 – 8/19 (7 weeks)

Jazz Ain’t Nothing But The Blues

The blues and jazz have much in common, from their origins in the African-American communities of the southern United States at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Sing Your Songs and Take The Stage With Confidence!

Tuesdays 5:30 – 7 pm 7/9 – 8/20 (7 weeks)

Sing Your Songs and Take The Stage With Confidence!

This is a fun, encouraging, and informative class to work on songs of your choice while getting comfortable on the stage in preparation for a performance at the end of the term.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm 7/11 – 8/22 (7 weeks)

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

If you love to sing harmony, join our Vocal Jazz Ensemble!

Intro to Jazz Improvisation

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm 7/10 – 8/14 (6 weeks)

Intro to Jazz Improvisation

This fun, hands-on introductory course in jazz improvisation helps students build the foundational skills necessary to play improvised solos over common jazz chord progressions.

Indian Percussion

Mondays 8:15 – 9:45 pm 7/8 – 8/19 (7 weeks)

Indian Percussion

Learn the foundations of Indian rhythm and vocal percussion (konnakol), essential hand drumming techniques on traditional instruments (mridangam, ghatam, and khanjira), ways to improve rhythmic time and feel, and approaches to improvisation and composition.