Jazz Workshop

Join us for our first session on February 27

On Wednesday, February 27, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance will present the initial Jazz Workshop, which will run on the fourth Wednesdays monthly from 7-9 pm, September through May, and is FREE to the public.

Led by Cloverdale-based musician Paul Schneider, this hands-on, ears-on workshop will focus on beginning improvisers and will focus on creative expression and ear training. An intermediate level of skill on a musical instrument is necessary, attendees should have an ability to play at a junior high or high school level. Emphasis will be on learning the first steps to improvisation, a few basic scales and how to create your own ideas using them. Ear training will also be emphasized. Music Theory will also be introduced, but at a non-intimidating level and pace.

Suggested course materials- a musical instrument, Volumes 1 and 2 of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Improvisation workbooks, and the album Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. Occasional Advanced level classes will also be offered from time to time, but the overall emphasis is on those with an interest in beginning the process of learning how to improvise musically in the jazz style and tradition, and those with some experience looking to build on that.

Paul Schneider has studied jazz improvisation with Randy Masters, Dr. Ray Copeland and Dr. Fred Tillis. He has performed with numerous luminaries including Claude Bartee, Federico Cervantes, Mwanza Furaha, Davey Pattison, Sam Andrews, Atma Anur, Peter Keys, and Tom Finch. Paul currently plays with local groups Big Blue House and The 'Zander Valley Sextet which also includes Sonoma County jazz heavy-weights Greg Hester, Jim Passarell and Geoff Whyte.

The Cloverdale Arts Alliance is located at 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd. The Jazz Workshop, led by Paul Schneider, is FREE to the public. It takes place the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm. We invite you to attend.

The Jazz Workshop is a program of the Cloverdale Arts Alliance, a non-profit arts organization bringing cultural arts to northern Sonoma County. Other CAA programs include Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Art Gallery, Blues Night, THE Jazz Club, Americana Night, Music Workshops, Discovering Art Series, Art Classes, Wine Appreciation Workshops, and Special Events.