Jazz (2017 Listing)

These are classes from 2017. Stay tuned for the 2018 listings.

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Supported by The Bill Stroecker Foundation
CoordinatorsKeith Karns (karnskt@gmail.com) — Artistic Coordinator
Teresa Lantz (tlantz.technical@gmail.com) — Local Coordinator
Festival Jazz Ensemble

Festival Jazz Ensemble

Price: $100

Days: MTWTh/MTWThF, July 17–28

Times: 6:30–7:50pm

Instructor: Keith Karns

Location: Music 301

Be part of the Festival Big Band! This class will focus on performance of a wide variety of styles in big band music. Particular attention will be paid to the differences in style between big band leaders and composers of the last century, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad Jones, Stan Kenton, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider and more.

Afro-Cuban Band

Afro-Cuban Band

Price: $100

Days: MTWTh/MTWThF, July 17–28

Times: 5:30–6:20pm

Instructors: Keith Karns, Zach Compston

Location: Music 301

Feel the beat! The Afro Cuban band is an ensemble devoted to the music of the Latin diaspora of the 20th century. The primary repertoire of the band is Latin dance music typical of the bands of Tito Puente, Mario Bauza, the Tropicana Band, Chano Pozo, and other leaders in the Latin field. All horn players must audition, all percussionists are welcome.

Beginning Jazz Piano

Beginning Jazz Piano

Price: $150

Days: MTWThF/MTWThF, July 17–28

Times: 11:00–11:50am

Instructor: Darin Clendenin

Location: Music 225

Have some fun and learn jazz piano with a pro! We will work in several musical styles, including Latin, Jazz, Blues, etc. We’ll learn fundamental chord voicings and the basics of improvisational theory. This class will reveal the secret kept out of all books and classrooms - What To Do With The Left Hand!!!! Students should have at least a basic understanding of the piano, major scales, and fingering. Returning students will build on what they learned last year.

Drumset Workshop

Drumset Workshop

Price: $85

Days: MWF/MWF, July 17–28

Times: 1:30–2:20pm

Instructor: Zach Compston

Location: Music 301

Take it up a notch! This class will combine performance skills, technique, sight-reading and analysis of various musical styles including Jazz, Brazilian, Afro Cuban, Caribbean and Funk for drumset. There will also be handout materials with examples to aid in the development of the proper technique for playing these styles.

Instrumental Jazz Improvisation

Instrumental Jazz Improvisation

Price: $150

Days: MTWThF/MTWThF, July 17–28

Times: 1:30–2:20pm

Instructors: Clipper Anderson, Keith Karns

Location: Music 311

How do jazz players improvise? Instrumental Jazz Improvisation is a class for piano, bass, guitar and horns. Students will learn jazz repertoire, the protocol of soloing, and basic instruction on improvisation in a small group environment. The class will perform at Lunch Bites during the final week of the Festival. All levels of ability are welcome!

Vocal Jazz Performance

Vocal Jazz Performance

Price: $200

Days: MTWTh/MTWThF, July 17–28

Times: 3:30–5:20pm

Instructors: Greta Matassa, Clipper Anderson, Darin Clendenin, Zach Compston

Location: Music 301

Live the dream! This workshop teaches you how to sing with a professional jazz combo – and gives you the opportunity to do it! We’re going to the next level this year – Greta will include some of her advanced singers’ clinics in these sessions. Singers should memorize up to 4 songs – we will provide a list of hundreds of jazz standards that you can choose for this workshop. Greta will provide practice tracks in advance so that you can be ready to fine-tune during class. Want to sing something that is not on the list? Please review it with Greta before Festival so that the combo can be ready.

Rhythm Section Workshop

Rhythm Section Workshop

Price: $50

Days: Th/T, July 20 & 25

Times: 8:00–8:50pm

Instructors: Clipper Anderson, Darin Clendenin, Zach Compston

Location: Music 301

How does a rhythm section work together? How does the rhythm section work with an instrumental or vocal soloist? This workshop focuses on performance skills for piano, bass, guitar and drums. We’ll explore how these instruments play together and communicate in various jazz settings such as big band, combo, trio, and latin styles. Vocalists are also welcome.

Jazz Vocal Workshop — with Special Topics

Jazz Vocal Workshop — with Special Topics

Price: $200

Days: MTWTh/MTWThF, July 17–28

Times: 2:30–3:20pm

Instructors: Greta Matassa, Darin Clendenin

Location: Music 301

Interested in singing jazz, but don't know how? Love to sing jazz, and want to brush up on some specific jazz techniques? Either way, this workshop is for you! We will work on general jazz singing techniques, such as phrasing, individual style, how to count off a tune, how to use song structure in your presentation, how to find the best key for your voice, etc. Bring sheet music for a song or two that you want to work on. In addition, we will offer special topics on several days. Come for the full two weeks, or pick the days you want! Students may be invited to perform with the Vocal Jazz Performance class, with instructor approval.

Jazz Vocal Workshop: Learn Some Standards With Greta
$30
M (week 1)
Learn to sing jazz with the wonderful Greta Matassa! What songs does a jazz singer sing? If you’re new to jazz singing, you can learn about the jazz repertoire. If you’re an experienced singer, come and refresh your skills. We will learn some classic jazz standards, a different selection every session.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Learn Some Standards With Greta
$30
T (week 1)
Learn to sing jazz with the wonderful Greta Matassa! What songs does a jazz singer sing? If you’re new to jazz singing, you can learn about the jazz repertoire. If you’re an experienced singer, come and refresh your skills. We will learn some classic jazz standards, a different selection every session.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Conversational Phrasing
$30
W (week 1)
Sing ballads from the heart. Why does it sound like Carmen McRae is talking to you when she’s singing? Why does Frank Sinatra seem to be in the same room with you while he’s singing “One For My Baby”? Learn some of the methods to personalize your ballads and make them more powerful.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Red, Hot and Bluesy
$30
Th (week 1)
Learn to sing the Blues! Greta will share some of her secrets for giving your songs grit and soul. By studying gospel and blues singers, you will learn how to add a run or melisma to your improvisation. Learn some important safety tips on "belting". Learn Greta’s exercises and warm ups to free you up to be more soulful in your phrasing.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Learn Some Standards With Greta
$30
M (week 2)
Learn to sing jazz with the wonderful Greta Matassa! What songs does a jazz singer sing? If you’re new to jazz singing, you can learn about the jazz repertoire. If you’re an experienced singer, come and refresh your skills. We will learn some classic jazz standards, a different selection every session.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Trust Your Ears
$30
T (week 2)
Learn a song from the inside out! This is Greta’s amazing method to teach you to sing and listen at the same time – the basis of jazz improvisation. She will play "mystery" songs for you, without melodies, and show you how to identify - by ear - the song form, structure and chord progression. You will make up your own melodies to go with the chords. This is an excellent workshop for instrumentalists as well as vocalists. Did we mention that this is a blast?

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Grow Your Ears
$30
W (week 2)
‘Big Ears’ are important in jazz – we want to be fully immersed in the experience of creating the music. Quiet your inner critic and open up to new possibilities in improvisation! We’ll practice hearing the music as it’s happening, and allowing ourselves to respond without editing.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Beginnings and Endings
$30
Th (week 2)
Have trouble finding your way in when you’re singing with a band? Are you doing just fine ‘til you get to the end, and suddenly have no idea how to finish the tune? Learn some of the ways to begin and end jazz tunes; how to find your tempo, and how to communicate that plan to the instrumentalists.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Jazz Singer Clinic: The Wrap Up
$30
F (week 2)
As we wrap up the two weeks of work, revisit some of the big topics and grand ideas of jazz singing. Try out the songs you’ve been working on, with your own phrasing and improvisation. Once again, did we mention that this is a blast?

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Private lesson — Clipper Anderson

Price: $40

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Instructor: Clipper Anderson

Location: TBA

Private lesson with Clipper Anderson. Please schedule with him in advance before signing up, and present him with a copy of your payment receipt.

Private lesson — Darin Clendenin

Price: $40

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Instructor: Darin Clendenin

Location: TBA

Private lesson with Darin Clendenin. Please schedule with him in advance before signing up, and present him with a copy of your payment receipt.

Private lesson — Greta Matassa

Price: $40

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Instructor: Greta Matassa

Location: TBA

Private lesson with Greta Matassa. Please schedule with her in advance before signing up, and present her with a copy of your payment receipt.

Private lesson — Keith Karns

Price: $40

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Instructor: Keith Karns

Location: TBA

Private lesson with Keith Karns. Please schedule with him in advance before signing up, and present him with a copy of your payment receipt.

Private lesson — Zach Compston

Price: $40

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Instructor: Zach Compston

Location: TBA

Private lesson with Zach Compston. Please schedule with him in advance before signing up, and present him with a copy of your payment receipt.

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