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ADULT PROGRAMS

SUMMER JAZZ GUITAR INTENSIVE

A 5-day guitar intensive for intermediate to advanced jazz guitarists directed by Mimi Fox with special guest instructor Rodney Jones!

August 5 – 9, 2024

9 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday
Friday evening 7:30 pm joint student and faculty concert

Age: Adults and Advanced Teens
Tuition: $900

9 – 10:30 am Master class with special guest artist Rodney Jones
10:45 am – 12:45 pm Daily rhythm section workout
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Mimi Fox leads classes on a range of topics including:

Transcriptions of Masters, Essential and Exotic Scales, and Their Use

Additional Transcriptions, Wonderful World of Arpeggios and Their Use

Solo Guitar Mastery, How to Organize Your Practice Time

Solo Guitar Mastery, Motivic Development

Building a Strong Chordal Vocabulary

3:30 – 4:30 pm Practice and jam time

To register, please contact program director Mimi Fox for a placement consultation, mfox@cjc.edu. Once placement has been approved, you will be sent a tuition payment link to secure your enrollment.

Limited to 14 guitarists. Early enrollment recommended!

For more information, please contact Mimi Fox mfox@cjc.edu

 

Mimi Fox – Director

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Internationally renowned guitar virtuosa, composer, and recording artist Mimi Fox is a six-time DownBeat magazine International Critics Poll winner and has been recognized by writers and colleagues alike as one of the most eloquent guitarists on today’s scene. In one of many feature stories, Guitar Player magazine hailed Mimi as “a prodigious talent who has not only mastered the traditional forms but has managed to reinvigorate them.”

She has performed and recorded with a who’s who of great artists, including Abbey Lincoln, Joey DeFrancesco, Charlie Byrd, Branford Marsalis, Diana Krall, and Stevie Wonder, among countless others. She performs at prestigious concert halls worldwide; recent sold-out shows include those at the Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Newport Folk Festival.

With her 11th album as a leader or co-leader, This Bird Still Flies, Fox delivers a seamless but far-ranging album that’s breathtaking it its beauty, emotional immediacy and stylistic reach. The all-acoustic recording captures a commanding artist in full – transforming folk tunes, jazz standards, original compositions and popular songs into exquisitely crafted improvisational vehicles. The new reviews rolling in could not be more glowing:

 

“Utter mastery, four stars!” —Downbeat Magazine
“A Tour de Force from one of the preeminent practitioners of our time” —Midwest Record
“A dazzler from start to finish…remarkable.” —Jazz Times
“Wonderful…glows like a candle.” —Jazz Weekly

 

As a composer, Mimi has written and performed original scores for orchestras, documentary films, and dance projects and received grants from prestigious funders, such as Meet the Composer and the California Arts Council. Mimi has repeatedly received grants from the William James Association and California Arts Council to give concerts and workshops in California prisons as part of the highly successful California Arts in Corrections program. A devoted educator and clinician, Mimi has taught master classes worldwide while serving as associate professor at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and adjunct professor at New York University.

Whether delivering jaw-dropping solo sets, performing dazzling duets with sympathetic partners, or leading a hard-charging combo, Mimi is a consummate improviser who seizes the imagination of her listeners with her passion, soul, and unerring ear for beauty.

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Rodney Jones – Special Guest

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Rodney started playing the guitar at age 6. He has recorded two records for the Blue Note label, “The Undiscovered Few” and “Soul Manifesto”. He has toured worldwide, performed and recorded with a who’s who of music including Dizzy Gillespie, James Brown, Lena Horne, Quincy Jones, Christian McBride, Stevie Wonder, Elvin Jones, Kenny Burrell, Stan Getz, and countless others. He was the house guitarist for the Apollo Theatre for 9 years, and the staff guitarist for the Rosie O’Donnell Show for 6 years. He has written commercials and has more than 125 compositions recorded. He recently scored a documentary film for PBS about African American GIs in WW2.  He served as Musical Director and Producer for Lena Horne, Ruth Brown, Gloria Lynne, Ernestine Anderson and others. He was a professor of Jazz Guitar Studies at The Juilliard School for 12 years and at The Manhattan School of Music for more than 20 years and has conducted clinics and workshops worldwide.

Jeff Denson – Accompanist

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Jeff Denson is a bassist, composer, and dean of instruction/full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. He has recorded 16 albums as a leader/co-leader and over a dozen more as a sideman. He has played with an impressive and diverse array of remarkable musicians, including Lee Konitz, Brian Blade, Joe Lovano, Jane Ira Bloom, Kenny Werner, Dave Douglas, Bob Moses, Rachel Z, Omar Hakim, Joshua Redman, Gerald Cleaver, Ralph Alessi, and many more. Jeff’s interest in jazz started with fusion – Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke – but shifted direction one fateful day when he heard Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. Jeff is deeply committed to his students and his own contribution to the passing-down continuum that is the legacy of jazz.

Deszon Claiborne – Accompanist

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Deszon Claiborne, a Bay Area native, began his musical journey at the young age of ten. Initially self-taught, he honed his craft under the tutelage of renowned drummers such as Richard Peterson, Rick Quintinel (Chuck Brown School of Drumming), James Levi, Billy Cobham, and Kenneth Nash, gaining a solid foundation in jazz, rhythm & blues, and world music.

Deszon has had the pleasure of performing and recording with a wide range of artists, including Peter Apfelbaum, Don Cherry, Charles Brown, Angela Bofill, Les McCann, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Robin Ford, Boz Scaggs, Greg Howe, Henry Butler, Giovani Hidalgo, Kai Eckhardt, John Handy, Taj Mahal, Donald Harrison, Rodney Franklin, and many others.

Apart from his performance and recording credits, Deszon is also a dedicated educator. He has taught private and group lessons to students of all ages and levels, from youth to adults, beginners to advanced. Over the last 20 years, he has participated in various music education programs in the Bay Area, including the Jazzschool, Jazz Camp West, Stanford Jazz Camp, Lafayette Summer Music Camp, Moody’s Jazz Camp, Just Say Jazz, and Adventures in Music.