Piano Styles Series: Roots Rock Piano

Tuesdays 6 - 7:30 pm 1/10 - 3/14 (10 weeks)

Piano Styles Series: Roots Rock Piano
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Piano and Keys
Day Tue
Instructor Jennifer Jolly
Status online event


We know it when we hear it: that delightful blend of rock, country, blues, gospel, soul, jazz, ragtime, and boogie, with touches of Western Swing and New Orleans R&B. Often associated with players from the American South such as Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton) and Leon Russell, its masterful players also hail from California, New York, Canada, and England. This class offers a fun and lively overview of roots rock players and repertoire, with transcriptions and lots of playing time together in class. Materials provided by the instructor.

Prerequisites: ability to read standard notation; familiarity with major and minor chords; ability to read standard notation.

Technical requirements: strong Internet connection, laptop/computer by your keyboard, wired headphones.

Instructor: 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.