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Advanced Jazz Workshop

July 14 — 18, 2014 , M T W Th F, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Kerry Hall Poncho, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

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Course Description
The Jazz at Cornish Workshop affords talented high school and college students an opportunity to take their jazz improvisation skills to the next level with a week of both formal and informal tutoring from the nationally renowned Cornish College of the Arts jazz faculty and guest artists. The workshop has been designed for aspiring young musicians already playing with their school’s jazz band or orchestra who wish to further develop their improvisational skills under the guidance of seasoned professional jazz musicians. This workshop will give students the opportunity of focusing on three distinctly different jazz styles, Latin, Hard Bop and Contemporary Jazz. Through classroom discussion, listening session and ensemble rehearsal, the workshop will delve into all aspects of the art of jazz improvisation. The week culminates in a Saturday concert featuring student ensembles.


Who should enroll?
Students, ages 15-19, already possessing a solid foundation on their instrument and experience playing in a jazz big band or orchestra at their high school. Vocalists as well as instrumentalists should apply.


Daily Schedule
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.


Audition Requirements
Open for enrollment to students, ages 15-19, playing at an intermediate or advanced level with an audition for ensemble placement. For more information about auditions please visit http://www.cornish.edu/summer/auditions.

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Chuck Deardorf
Faculty

Chuck Deardorf has been an integral member of the Northwest Jazz scene for over two decades. A respected acoustic and electric bassist, his dynamic performances have been a part of countless festivals, nightclubs, and recording sessions. Deardorf has toured the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Australia with jazz greats such as saxophonists Bud Shank and Don Lanphere, pianists George Cables and Kenny Barron, vocalists Ernestine Anderson and Kurt Elling, and guitarists Larry Coryell and Charlie Byrd. As the first-call bassist in Seattle for the last twenty years, he has been chosen to perform with a long list of legendary artists such as Chet Baker, Kenny Werner, Bill Mays, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Eric Alexander, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Pete Christlieb, Joe LaBarbara, Jeff Hamilton, Victor Lewis, Joe Williams, and Mark Murphy among others. Deardorf is currently a member of the Deardorf/Peterson Group, the Jovino Santos Neto Quartet, the Susan Pascal Quartet and the Bill Ramsay Big Band. An accomplished studio musician, Deardorf’s bass has been heard on many first-run movie soundtracks, dozens of albums and CD projects—including his newest CD Transparence and the Deardorf/Peterson Group release Portal, both on Origin records—as well as with numerous Broadway and touring shows. He also has performed on occasion with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

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Dawn Clement
Adjunct Instructor

Pianist/composer and Cornish alum Dawn Clement (B.M., 2000) maintains a hectic schedule between teaching and touring with saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, recording with trombonist and fellow Cornish faculty member Julian Priester, and performing with her own trio consisting of Matt Wilson and Dean Johnson. In addition to Bloom, Clement has toured the U.S. with the Sabella Consort and the Rubin/Clement Piano Dialogues, the latter for which she received a King County Arts Commission grant in 2002. Clement has also performed with such notable artists as Pharaoh Sanders, Nancy King, Ingrid Jensen, Louis Moutin, Hadley Caliman, Mercer Ellington, Mark Helius, Mark Dresser, and Bobby Previte. Over the last seven years, Clement has performed in some of the world's premier venues including Carnegie Hall, Le Conservatoire Superieur, Paris, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Seattle's Benaroya Hall, as well as numerous clubs (Sweet Rhythm, Tonic, and Iridium), art museums, and theaters. Clement also has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards including an invitation to compete at the Third International Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris, France (2002), the Earshot Jazz awards for 'Best Emerging Artist'; (2000), 'Best Jazz Quartet' and 'Best Album' for her performance with trombonist Priester (2003), and a nomination for 'Earshot Jazz Record of the Year' (2004) for her CD Hush. She also finished as one of the top five finalists in the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition (2006).

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Donny McCaslin
Instructor

Donny McCaslin waited until his sixth album to use the title In Pursuit (released June 5 on Sunnyside). But the concept of “pursuit” – single-minded devotion to a distant goal, marked by inventive exploration – has characterized his music almost from the beginning. Born August 11, 1966, McCaslin grew up in in Santa Cruz, CA; inspired by his father, a pianist and vibraphonist, the youngster started playing tenor saxophone at 12, and quickly progressed, touring Europe and participating in the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival’s California All-Star band while in high school. After attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he joined Berklee professor Gary Burton’s quintet, with whom he toured for four years. McCaslin moved to New York, in 1991, working with bassist Eddie Gomez and then joining the group Steps Ahead, with whom he made the 1995 disc Vibe (NYC Records). But he really began to turn heads with his solo work in larger ensembles – first Ken Schaphorst’s big band, and subsequently the acclaimed Maria Schneider Orchestra, where his performance on the album Concert In The Garden received a Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” in 2004. So much for McCaslin’s “traditional” credentials, which provide the anchor for his much-admired work in more adventurous realms. Chief among these is the pianoless quartet Lan Xang (which evolved from an experimental partnership with fellow New York saxist David Binney) and the quintet led by the widely lionized trumpeter Dave Douglas, who added McCaslin to his band in 2005. Reviewing the Douglas Quintet in Jazz Times, Josef Woodard wrote of McCaslin: “He’s a versatile player who moves easily between inside and outside musical zones . . . . [T]here’s a fluidity and grace to his playing even when he’s pushing at envelopes.” Thanks to the high profile of the Dave Douglas Quintet, McCaslin in the last two years has achieved wider praise for the incisive twists and purposeful turns of his emotionally charged solos. But those qualities – along with his sometimes startling virtuosity, and his distinctive voice as a composer – had actually been on display for much of the previous decade, during which McCaslin proved himself a valued sideman on recordings by Danilo Perez, Luciana Souza, and performances with Tom Harrell, Brian Blade, John Pattitucci, The Mingus Band, and Pat Metheny. . Meanwhile, the previous albums under his own name have shown him subtly incorporating elements of Latin American music within adventurous jazz frameworks. In 2006, McCaslin received a Doris Duke grant for new jazz composition from Chamber Music America; In Pursuit comprises the results of that work.

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Jay Thomas
Adjunct Instructor

A native of Seattle, Jay Thomas is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto, tenor, soprano and flutes), improviser, and bandleader. Twice voted by readers of Earshot Magazine as Musician of the Year (1996 and 1998) Thomas was also chosen as one of the top 10 brass players by Jazziz magazine. Thomas can be heard on over sixty recordings including Blues For JW his eighth CD release as a bandleader. Thomas has also recorded as a bandleader and sideman with Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins, Jessica Williams, the James Knapp Orchestra, Pete Christlieb, Becca Duran, Bud Shank, Ray Brown, and Elvin Jones. Thomas has toured or appeared in concert with Mel Lewis, Clayton-Hamilton, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Herb Ellis, Jake Hanna, Mel Ryne, Becca Duran, John Stowell, Slim Gaillard, Bob Florence, Frank Wess, Buddy Tate, George Cables, Charles McPherson, Bill Mays, Ralph Penland, Harold Land, and Diane Schuur.

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