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Blue and Beyond: The Evolution and Interpretations of Joni Mitchell – In two parts

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool) , ALL TIMES ARE BASED ON PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME !!!, Berkeley, CA

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic Joni Mitchell masterpiece, Blue, this workshop will delve into the creativity and evolution of Joni Mitchell’s innovative compositions. Considered one of the most important composers of our time, Mitchell has blessed us with her emotionally honest and often prophetic lyrics along with an advanced harmonic sense that found her in the company of iconic musicians like Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, and Pat Metheny.

Part 1 (10/16): Exploring the music of Joni Mitchell through the years and examining her evolution from folk, jazz, and other influences. Special attention will be given to her harmonic approach and poetic form as a lyricist. Part 1 will primarily be listening and discussion with in-depth conversation about her contributions as a respected and honored musical artist.

Part 2 (11/7): Exploring Joni Mitchell songs recorded by other artists through the years including dedication recordings such as River: The Joni Letters (Herbie Hancock), After Blue (Tierney Sutton), Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light (Laurie Antonioli) and A Tribute to Joni Mitchell (various artists).

Singers attending the workshop who would like to share their interpretations are welcome to submit a single recording of a Joni Mitchell song they feel expresses their unique interpretation for possible inclusion. Contact Ellen Johnson at: https://ellenjohnson.net/contact to submit your selection.

$50 per workshop or $100 for both Part 1 & Part 2

Oct12

Accelerated Vocal Technique Skills: Session 1

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool) , ALL TIMES ARE BASED ON PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME !!!, Berkeley, CA

This class focuses on vocal technique and interpretation. The instructor will provide recommendations for improving range, pitch, vocal quality, breath support, articulation, register coordination, and musicianship through targeted exercises and practice suggestions. Each week students will sing a song of their choice in any genre with a track or pre-recorded songs to play in class.

Open to all levels and styles of singing.

$200 for 5 weeks

Oct5

Accelerated Vocal Technique Skills: Session 1

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool) , ALL TIMES ARE BASED ON PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME !!!, Berkeley, CA

This class focuses on vocal technique and interpretation. The instructor will provide recommendations for improving range, pitch, vocal quality, breath support, articulation, register coordination, and musicianship through targeted exercises and practice suggestions. Each week students will sing a song of their choice in any genre with a track or pre-recorded songs to play in class.

Open to all levels and styles of singing.

$200 for 5 weeks

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FEATURED SONGS

"SONNY'S ISLE OF ST. THOMAS AKA ST. THOMAS" from Form & Formless

"ROUND MIDNIGHT" from Form & Formless
"I FEEL THE SAME" from These Days
"NAIMA"

"NOLAN'S NOTORIOUS NOCTURNE" from Form & Formless

"INFINITY IS FOREVER" from Form & Formless
"FIONA FLANAGAN'S FABLE"
"CORKY'S CAPER"
"THREE LONIUS BUNK"

"DUKE ELLINGTON'S SOUND OF LOVE"

"GOOD-BYE PORK PIE HAT"