Guitar Trio

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

Guitar Trio
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles, Guitar
Day Thu
Instructor Derek Barber
Status inperson event

Hone your skills in the classic jazz guitar trio format (guitar, bass, and drums). Designed for intermediate or higher-level players, this class welcomes 4 – 5 guitarists who alternate working with a bass and drum rhythm team, with guidance from expert jazz guitar instructor Derek Barber. Some pieces may also be arranged for quartet (two guitars, bass, and drums.) Participants should be comfortable playing melodies, comping, and soloing over standard jazz repertoire.

Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/11 – 8/22 (7 weeks)
Derek Barber, $290

Please note: This class culminates in a performance in the final week of the term (week 7). All Jazzschool student performances are free and open to the public! Please confirm your availability for the performance date (the week 7 class meeting date) before finalizing your registration in this class.

Ensembles take place IN-PERSON at the California Jazz Conservatory.

All ensembles require a placement audition.

For audition guidelines and to application instructions, please visit the Ensemble page here:

Derek Barber is a guitarist, songwriter, and music educator based in the Bay Area. He shares his expertise in Music Theory, jazz combos, and jazz guitar as a teacher at the Blue Bear Music School in San Francisco. Derek actively contributes to and performs with acclaimed Bay Area bands such as Bells Atlas, Salami Rose Joe Louis, Astronauts, etc., and his solo project, Perhapsy. He is also a sought-after session guitarist, lending his talents to numerous recordings at prestigious studios, including Tiny Telephone Studios, Fantasy, and Decibelle. With a BFA in Jazz Improvisation from the University of Michigan, Derek studied under renowned jazz musicians Geri Allen and Robert Hurst on a full-ride scholarship. His studies in improvisation, transcription, and music theory have greatly influenced his musical pursuits and his over fifteen years of teaching experience. Derek approaches teaching with a cheerful and professional attitude, firmly believing that music and art are exciting and life-long pursuits. His guitar work has been praised for its stellar songwriting and exquisite blend of jagged edges and smooth licks, as noted by Premier Guitar Magazine and AFROPUNK.