BJW – May 3, 2016


Join us this coming Tuesday, May 3rd, at The Mark. The workshop will feature Tony Rinaldi and Friends. Arrive early for a good seat. Remind your friends that the workshop is FREE. No cover charge!!

The Bakersfield Jazz Workshop is a non-profit organization and would not exist without the generous donations of our supporters. Help us keep this unique jazz experience alive in our community. Ask any of our board members how YOU can become a friend of the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop.

The format for the workshop this week

6:30pm – 7:30pm Beginning class

7:30 pm – 8:30pm Tony Rinaldi and Friends

8:30pm – 10:00pm Jam Session


MAY 2016

May 3 – Tony Rinaldi and Friends

May10 – The Shafter High School Jazz Band under the direction of Philip Bustamante

May 17 – Vocalist Kandis Peake and Friends

May 24 – Vocalist Candace Brown and Friends

May 31- The Horizon Guitar Duo- featuring: J.T Butler and Paul Cierley


We have no minimum age limit and the workshop is free to all.

Bakersfield Jazz Workshop is divided into 3 segments:

6:30 – 7:30 pm : Beginning Workshop Class. Requirements – *Participants must be able to play all 12 major scales and chromatic scale, at least 2 octaves, by memory.

*Participants are expected to have basic to intermediate reading abilities. (Advanced middle school and high school students can usually meet this requirement.)

*While emphasis is on younger players, the beginning workshop is open to all, including musicians of other genres who want to expand their jazz vocabulary and chops. Advanced players often sit in and offer advice, much like the open jam session, creating a great low-pressure learning environment. *The focus of the class is to learn 6-8 Jazz Standards to performance readiness. When the instructor feels the class has reached this goal, the class will perform a concert as the Featured Artist in the 7:30-8:30 time slot. After this concert, the instructor will start a new set list, thereby repeating the process.

7:30 – 8:30 pm : Featured Artist. Requirements -*Ensembles / combos of any size or configuration may request a Wednesday date through Steve Eisen.

*Must be rehearsed and prepared to perform a one-hour set (6-10 tunes average) for a listening audience.

8:30 – 10:00 pm : Open Jam Session. Requirements – Intermediate to Professional level.

*Participants should be able to perform Jazz Standards by memory or be able to read out of the Real Book. (Workshop can provide Volumes 1 and 2 of these books for C, B-flat, E-flat, and Bass clef instruments.)

*Originals and arrangements are welcome as well. The workshop is a great venue for testing out new compositions and charts.

*SPECIAL NOTE TO VOCALISTS: Many tunes in the fake books are not always in an individual vocalist’s preferred keys. While this does not usually pose a problem for experienced players, we do not wish to put unnecessary pressure on anyone who is uncomfortable transposing without prior notice. Therefore, we kindly ask that if desiring to perform a tune not printed in the Real Book or arranged in a different key, charts should be provided prior to performance. If possible, 3-5 copies are preferred, and whenever practical, include transpositions for B-flat and E-flat instruments.

*There is a sign-up list available upon arrival. See session host or director if you would like to perform that evening.

After conclusion of workshop, volunteers are asked to please help break down and store all equipment.

For more questions please feel free to contact: CEO/Founder Steve Eisen @ 661-444-0853 or Beginning Class Instructor John Calo @ 858-382-3739


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