“Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher”-James “Blood” Ulmer. Exploring the music from the roots of the blues and gospel tradition we will take examples from various time periods and see how blues and expressive playing has been interpreted since the earlier days of jazz through the present. Starting in New Orleans, up through Kansas City and Chicago and finally around the world we will play, listen and analyze examples of the evolution of style and expression through jazz. Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Les McCann, Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Lee Morgan, Cannonball Adderley, Eddie Harris, Herbie Hancock, The Crusaders, David Sanborn and beyond will be explored. Please note, this class is for musicians. This will be an ensemble workshop playing experience. A performance will conclude the study session.
The Class: Format: WSP Project
Extra Info: Meeting time: afternoons
Extra Info 2: Saxophonist/flutist Erik Lawrence has spent his career playing & studying music of the soul, expressed by masters of jazz, blues & funk; the common thread from the earliest recorded jazz through the most modern music is represented in his band, Hipmotism
Materials/Lab Fee: $50