Great Solos for Study and Inspiration

Tuesdays 7:45 - 9:15 pm 7/11 - 8/15 (5 weeks) no class 8/1

Great Solos for Study and Inspiration
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Piano and Keys, Theory and Improvisation
Day Tue
Instructor Jennifer Jolly
Status online event

In this class, we’ll “learn from the greats” and dissect several classic piano solos from a variety of musical genres. We’ll break down the storyline of each solo and study the licks, harmonic devices, and improv techniques used. You’ll learn a version of the “imitate, integrate, innovate” method to grow your own improvisational voice. Transcriptions and other materials provided by the instructor. Prerequisites: ability to read standard keyboard notation, familiarity with 7th chords.

Recommended: strong Internet connection, laptop by your piano/keyboard, and wired headphones.

About Jennifer Jolly

B.A. UC Berkeley. Keyboards/melodica, guitar, percussion, vocals, composer/arranger, bandleader. Specialist in blues/boogie, R&B/funk, Americana, New Orleans, rock, Caribbean, and African roots music. Founder of Jennifer Jolly & Friends, co-founder of The Jolly Gibsons. Other current projects include Pamela Rose’s touring theatrical concert “Blues is a Woman,” Tom Rigney & Flambeau (sub), JAZZphoria (sub), Chelle! and Friends (guest), Mo’Fone (guest), Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Party Monsters, Creekside Community Church Worship Band. Previous credits include Zulu Spear, Kotoja, Phil Lesh, Hot Links, Barbara Dane, Big B and His Snake Oil Saviors, accompaniment for choruses and musical theater productions, and dozens of recording projects. Faculty instructor at The Jazzschool, Cazadero Family Camp, Jazzschool Women’s Jazz and Blues Camp, after-school programs, workshops, and private studio.