The Jazz Kiln is a series of six weekly jazz improvisation workshops that offers a safe place for musicians of all ages to explore and expand their musical horizons. This series will be directed by noted jazz educator, composer, and pianist Eddie Mendenhall. Instructor and professional bassist, Dan Robbins, will also teach this series of the Jazz Kiln. The final night of class students have the opportunity to join the instructors and special guests onstage. Friends and family are welcome to attend this evening performance.
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.
Classes are held on the Kuumbwa stage Tuesday evenings, March 25 – April 29 (6 classes). Tuition for the series is $200. Enrollment is limited, advance registration is required. This course is best suited for instrumentalists. Vocalists are encouraged to attend the free Master Class with vocalist Lori Rivera and accompanist Marshall Otwell on Tuesday, May 20th.
Tuition: $200; Enrollment is limited, advance registration is required.
Scholarship Information: 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. Limited need-based scholarships and instrument rental assistance are available to music students 17 and younger, Click Here to apply for a scholarship and register.
Cancellation / Refund Policy: Cancellation requests made on or before March 25, 2014 are eligible for a 100% refund, minus a $25 application fee. Refunds will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis after the first day of class.
Class Location: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz
Dates: Tuesday Evenings, March 25 – April 29 (6 classes)
Times: Level I: Tuesday Evenings: 5:45 PM – 7:10 PM ; Level II: Tuesday Evenings: 7:30 PM – 8:55 PM
Level I: Tuesday Evenings: 5:45 PM – 7:10 PM
Have you always wanted to learn to improvise? Here’s where to get started.
Requirements for Level I:
Beginning improvisers should be proficient on their instruments and should know at least 3 of the major scales. Additionally, they should be familiar with the 12-bar blues form and “rhythm changes.” Drummers must know standard jazz/swing rhythms. Note: While all skill levels are welcome, students who know at least 6 major scales will gain the most from these classes.
Level II: Tuesday Evenings: 7:30 PM – 8:55 PM
Do you have experience improvising in a Jazz band, but want to play better solos? This is the place!
Requirements for Level II:
Level II improvisers must meet the requirements of Level I. Additionally, they must know and be able to play fluently (e.g., triplets @ quarter = 60 bpm) the major scales in all 12 keys. They must be able to solo over a standard 12-bar blues progression in 3 different keys and “rhythm changes” in Bb. They must have previous experience improvising in an ensemble or band, and they must pass a basic theory test, Click Here to print test and send answers to email@example.com.
*Prospective Level II improvisers are invited to submit a recording to be evaluated by the instructor.
“There’s a way of playing safe, there’s a way of using tricks and there’s the way I like to play, which is dangerously, where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven’t created before”. ~ Dave Brubeck
Questions? Contact Melody Korkos, Education Coordinator, at 831-427-2227 or send a message Here.