Core Concepts for the Vocal Jazz Improviser

with Kitty Margolis
Saturday, March 2, 1-4pm • Joe Henderson Lab

Non-Members: $150
SFJAZZ Members: $120

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Want to make the transformational leap from “jazzy” singer to “Jazz” singer? In this master class, critically acclaimed vocalist/educator and recording artist Kitty Margolis will offer her unique insight into the secrets of vocal jazz from the nuts and bolts to the heart and soul. Well-known for her straightforward, inspiring and humorous approach in imparting the complexities of the improvisational mind-set, the globetrotting Margolis – whose award-winning recordings have earned her top-ten airplay and an international fan-base – has been a guest lecturer in the jazz studies programs of the world’s renowned universities and high schools. Says one gratified workshop participant; “I learned more in one life-changing hour with Kitty than a whole year of jazz instruction.” A world-class accompanist will be on hand. Come ready to sing and leave with deeper understanding, refreshed motivation, and new chops. This unique session will be limited to ten (10) intermediate and advanced-beginner level vocalists.

Rhythm Nation: From Cuba With Love

with Afro-Cuban All Stars
Saturday, February 23, 1-2:30pm • Joe Henderson Lab

Non-Members: $30
SFJAZZ Members: $25

SFJAZZ Education is pleased to host the legendary Afro-Cuban All-Stars in a rare and intimate master class setting during their four-night run at the SFJAZZ Center. Open to all audiences interested in the magic and mystery of Afro-Cuban culture, this special program will explore the rich and evolving tradition of Cuba’s popular music with live demonstration and conversation. Musical director and front man Juan de Marcos – long-time director of Sierra Maestra before the explosion of the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon – shares his wealth of knowledge and experience alongside pianist, composer and SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón for this rare, hands-on event. Participants will be encouraged to play, sing, dance and experience the full immersion into the joyous world of Afro-Cuban music. No previous experience necessary. Musicians are encouraged to bring claves, maracas and other small percussion.

The Great Guitars

14-week series
Thursdays, Feb 21 - May 23, 7-8:30pm • Joe Henderson Lab

PLEASE NOTE: Classes that take place on March 14 and April 11 will take place at the SF Conservatory of Music at 50 Oak Street, one block away from the SFJAZZ Center.

Non-Members: $30 per class; $420 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $25 per class; $350 full course

An exciting interactive class for aspiring jazz guitarists and guitar enthusiasts taught by award-winning performer Mimi Fox, “The Great Guitars” will cover the playing styles and music of jazz guitar greats including Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell and others. Note-for-note transcriptions of the artists’ solos will be analyzed in detail and students will be encouraged to play along with the original recordings. Through discreet listening, Fox will demonstrate phrasing, articulation and rhythmic styles of the masters and assist students in all aspects of playing these pieces. She will provide insights into other aspects of these great musicians’ music and life through her first-hand experiences performing with many of them. The class is open to all intermediate/advanced guitarists with a good foundation in jazz theory and guitar technique and also to interested aficionados wanting more insight into these great artists and their music. This 14-week class culminates with exciting performance featuring Fox and special guests Wil Blades (B3) and Akira Tana (drums) on Thursday, May 23rd in the Joe Henderson Lab.

Digital Music Production

4-class series
Saturdays April 13 – May 4
Adults: 10am-1pm
Teens: 1:30-4:30pm

Non-Members: $60 per class; $240 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $45 per class; $180 full course
Phil Hawkins, Instructor

The SFJAZZ Digital Lab offers an array of instruction in digital music production, including theory and musicianship, MIDI basics, notation skills, sequencing and audio recording as well as basic introduction to the digital workstation environment. Students will explore a variety of software-based tools and programs while gaining an understanding of essential music skills such as song form, compositional technique and the aesthetics of digital production. Introductory courses are offered in two sections, on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings (for adults) and Tuesday and Saturday afternoons (for teens ages 15 and older). Our intimate Digital Lab space is ideally suited to providing small-group instruction with top-notch faculty in a state-of-the-art environment.

For older teens and adults with moderate skills and familiarity with the digital music environment, this four- week intensive course will survey the software, hardware and procedures involved with digital audio recording, MIDI sequencing and post-production. Specific subject areas include recording techniques, non-linear editing, mixing, plug-ins, mastering, digital audio for video and song creation using a Pro Tools based DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Students will complete several hands-on projects in order to develop their technical and musicianship skills. The course will incorporate the use of jazz standards to demonstrate song form, basic notation, and musical style. Maximum 15 students per class.

Musical Concepts and the Digital Environment

Teens: Tuesdays, Feb 26 - Mar 26, 4:30-6pm (Section I)
Adults: Tuesdays, Feb 26 – Mar 26, 6:30-8pm (Section I)

Non-Members: $35 per class; $210 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $25 per class; $150 full course
David White, Instructor

The SFJAZZ Digital Lab offers an array of instruction in digital music production, including theory and musicianship, MIDI basics, notation skills, sequencing and audio recording as well as basic introduction to the digital workstation environment. Students will explore a variety of software-based tools and programs while gaining an understanding of essential music skills such as song form, compositional technique and the aesthetics of digital production. Introductory courses are offered in two sections, on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings (for adults) and Tuesday and Saturday afternoons (for teens ages 15 and older). Our intimate Digital Lab space is ideally suited to providing small-group instruction with top-notch faculty in a state-of-the-art environment.

Designed for older teens and adults, this six-week course takes concepts of music creation into the digital age. Using iMacs, MIDI controllers, Sibelius and Logic Studio as the primary medium, we will explore MIDI and the basic DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) setup. Throughout the course, elements of musicianship and composition are examined, and applied directly to software environments. This is a great step into the modern age of music production for the casual artist or aspiring professional. Maximum 8 students per class.

Monday Night Band

Audition sign-ups for Monday Night Band will remain open on a video submission basis only until September 8th. Sign up using the link to the right.

12-week program
Mondays, September 15th - December 8th, 7PM-9:30PM • Joe Henderson Lab
Final band showcase: December 8th, 2014 • 7:30PM • Miner Auditorium
General Public: $400; SFJAZZ Members: $350 (3-part payment plans available upon request)
Adam Theis, Director

The Monday Night Band at SFJAZZ provides musicians of all ages (older teens through seasoned adults) with a structured approach to learning and interpreting diverse repertoire in a hip community band setting. Open to intermediate/advanced level instrumentalists and vocalists – from high school age hotshots to retired pros and everyone in between (by audition) – this ensemble will introduce participants to various styles and genres of jazz with the primary goal to develop a performance-ready program. The band is directed by acclaimed Bay Area musician, composer and bandleader Adam Theis. The series will culminate in a final public performance on Monday, December 8th in Miner Auditorium.

Monday Night Band members get the opportunity to:

  • Workshop, perform and record original compositions and arrangements
  • Work with pro clinicians
  • Play for a 600+ audience in the renowned Miner Auditorium
  • Record live in the Joe Henderson Lab
  • Network and build relationships with fellow Bay Area musicians
  • Participate in community outreach
  • Earn credit toward professional development

Jazz and Blues Legends of the Bay Area

4-class series
Tuesdays, May 7 - 28, 7PM-8:30PM • Jazz Heritage Center
Non-Members: $25 per class; $100 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $20 per class; $80 full course

Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Koret Discover Jazz the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults.

We are thrilled to co-present another dynamic program in the historic Fillmore District of San Francisco! This unique four-part series in partnership with the Jazz Heritage Center highlights the rich tradition of extraordinary jazz and blues musicians in the Bay Area – the unsung heroes in our own backyard – featuring distinct renowned guest artists each week in the visually inspired setting of the Lush Life Gallery. Combining story-telling, live performance and multi media, this program will bring audiences up close and personal with the legends in our midst. Joining us for this very special series will be Bay Area vocal treasure Denise Perrier (May 7), blues ambassador Alvon Johnson (May 14), jazz guitar virtuoso Calvin Keys (May 21) and soulful vocalist Nicolas Bearde (May 28).

Koret Discover Jazz Series is generously supported by

Ain’t I Got a Right to The Tree of Life

6-class series
Wednesdays, April 3 - May 8, 7PM-8:30PM • Joe Henderson Lab
Non-Members: $25 per class; $125 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $18 per class; $90 full course
Linda Tillery, Instructor

Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Koret Discover Jazz the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults.

Join vocalist, educator and Bay Area treasure Linda Tillery on a six-week exploration of music and rhythms of the African Diaspora. Participants will learn African chants, African-American spirituals, field hollers, work songs, children’s play songs, ring shouts, traditional Afro-Caribbean songs and music from the Gullah traditions of Georgia and South Carolina. Class sessions will include lots of singing, plus the use of videos and recordings to stimulate discussion. Articles and reflections that are rooted in the socio-historical experiences of African-Americans and Africans will be incorporated into a simple course reader.

Koret Discover Jazz Series is generously supported by

The Bass

6-class series
Wednesdays, February 13 - March 20, 7-8:30PM • Joe Henderson Lab*
*Due to popular demand, the February 27th class will be held in Robert N. Miner Auditorium
Non-Members: $25 per class; $125 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $18 per class; $90 full course

Cory Combs, Instructor

Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Koret Discover Jazz the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults. In our first spring series in the new SFJAZZ Center, we will go in depth on the bass, showcasing the development, sounds, influential musicians, and legacy of the instrument. Joining us will be several world-renowned bassists, including Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Mark Dresser and Michael Manring, and celebrated drummers Peter Erskine and Matt Wilson, who will provide the drummer’s unique perspective. Additional musical guests include Jeff Marrs (drums), Mark Levine and Myra Melford (piano), Andrew Speight and Mary Fettig (sax), Peter Horvath (keyboards), members of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars and more! Taught by bassist and educator Cory Combs, this course may be enjoyed individually or as a series.

Koret Discover Jazz Series is generously supported by

Family Matinees

in Robert N. Miner Auditorium

These affordably priced family-friendly concerts are a great way for you to pass your love of jazz onto the next generation. Bring the kids, the grandkids, and the neighbor’s kids to the gorgeous new SFJAZZ center for an engaging, entertaining and interactive musical experience.

Family Workshops
Select Family Matinees are followed by interactive workshops in the Joe Henderson Lab. Capacity is limited to 50 participants and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign ups take place at a table in the lobby on the day of the concert.

A limited number of free tickets are available to Bay Area school or community groups. If you are interested in bringing your school or community group to a Family Matinee, please fill out our ticket request form.

Family Matinees
Sep 13 11:00am

Family Matinee:
Claudia Villela
& Friends

Miner Auditorium

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Oct 11 11:00am

Family Matinee:
Zakir Hussain

Miner Auditorium

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Nov 15 11:00am

Family Matinee:
Gypsy Jazz
w/ Hot Club
of San Francisco

Miner Auditorium

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Dec 13 11:00am

Family Matinee:
Lemony Snicket & Marcus Shelby

Miner Auditorium

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