The Jazz Kiln – New Improvisation Workshops!

Kuumbwa Jazz is pleased to announce the latest addition to our educational activities – The Jazz Kiln, a series of six weekly jazz improvisation workshops open to musicians of all ages.

These workshops will be directed by noted jazz educator, composer and pianist Eddie Mendenhall. Eddie believes that you can learn the jazz language by studying the history of jazz (listen!) and pursuing an enjoyable dedication to your instrument.  Each student may have a different path to proficiency on the instrument, but improvising is always about your ears and how you communicate your instincts, feelings, and meaning in performance.  These workshops are intended to help music students find their jazz voice, expressing themselves with confidence through improvisation and understanding their role within an ensemble.

Level I: Tuesday Evenings: 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Have you always wanted to learn improvisational techniques, but are new to the whole idea? Here’s where to get started. Beginning improvisers must be familiar with their instruments and know at least 3 major scales. Drummers must know standard jazz rhythms.

Level II: Tuesday Evenings: 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Do you have experience Improvising in a band, but want to improve your skills? Level II students should meet all the requirements of Level I, plus have real time experience in a live setting. Level II students will be accepted by audition.

When: Tuesday Evenings, April 9 – May 21 (6 classes); No class Tuesday, April 30th.
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz
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Tuition: $200, Space is limited.
Scholarship Information: Limited need-based scholarships are available to music students 17 and younger. We are committed to providing deserving young musicians the opportunity to pursue their passion for music in an intensive jazz instruction environment, regardless of their financial resources. However, please note that Kuumbwa rarely grants full scholarships.

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