Facilitated/Guided, Beginner/Intermediate Jazz Jam
Build skills and confidence jamming with other players in a smaller-setting, low-volume, low-stress, fun, and supportive setting.
Discussions and dialog encouraged preceding and following each tune.
Sheet music and worksheets are available for tunes, scales, chords, and tonal centers.
Explore: often-played jazz tunes, choosing/calling tunes, count-offs/starting tunes, fake books/lead sheets, keeping good time, solo order, trading fours, and standard song endings.
Sorry, due session focus, instrumentalists only.
Jam hosted by Bay Area/LA Pro whose credits include The Rippingtons, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Madonna, and Buddy Childers Big Band. Instruction credits include Musician's Institute (Hollywood), Los Angeles Music Academy, and private lessons.
Jam meets Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. in the Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito area.
Available are an acoustic piano and two small amps (first-come basis).
$10 per person, each session.
For availability and more info, please contact wbgorex(at)comcast.net
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Thanks for your interest!
"In a word: Wow! Exactly as advertised and then some. I consider it as a jazz jam "class". Our leader/teacher is an awesome instructor AND performer who's incredibly knowledgeable, generous, and helpful. The sessions are so much fun, too! 5 stars, 2 thumbs up from me."
-- Jim, El Cerrito
"The jams are really fun, and exceptionally useful for developing musical skills. It's really great to learn jazz standards and, whenever the group is up for it, venture into the fringes of jazz. For instance, exploring odd meters and eastern scales. I never want to miss a session at Bill's!"
-- Dmitry, El Cerrito CA
"Always hard to be a beginner."
-- Mike Brecker, Sept 20, 2003.