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Jazz Academy workshops including Bobby Sanabria, Ali Ryerson & Steve Rudolph

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by Mark Subel on April 26, 2011

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) offers a stellar line-up of music making opportunities to engage all ages and interests with workshops and clinics at the Jazz Academy community instructional space in the Lincoln Theatre complex. With nearly 5,000 square feet, the Jazz Academy is a premier facility for multi-generational and recreational music making, ensemble playing, after-school programs, technology instruction and lectures with world-class musicians.

Join jazz and Latin-jazz artist Bobby Sanabria Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 PM
as he uses the five-beat rhythm of the clave as the “key” to unlock the
roots of Afro-Cuban music and reveals the voices of the ancestors. Playing a
wide variety of percussion instruments and a full drum set, Sanabria takes
audiences on a poly-rhythmic musical journey through history. Influenced by
history, politics and religion, the rhythms of Africa create the rich array
of musical styles we now call Latin music with an emphasis on a shared
musical tradition and a mutual respect for all cultures. Bringing us into
present day America, Sanabria will demonstrate how the five-beat clave
remains at the core of such musical styles as rock & roll and hip-hop. This
free workshop is presented by: LP, Remo, Sabian, TAMA, Vic Firth, and The
Roberto Ocasio Foundation.

On Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 PM, flutist Ali Ryerson and pianist Steve Rudolph
will explore, discuss and demonstrate both the advantages and the challenges
of performing in a jazz duo. All instrumentalists (not limited to flute or
piano) interested in playing for and with Ali and Steve will be individually
coached, master class style. A variety of topics pertaining to duo
performance will be discussed, including rhythmic contrast, creating tonal
and textural variety, phrasing, listening and reacting, maintaining musical
momentum, dynamics, choosing repertoire, how/what to practice, creating set
lists, and booking gigs. Registration fee is $20 ($15 for community
partners), and please bring your instruments.

The Jazz Academy will also host the Columbus Music Co-op’s next free
workshop about health care and insurance for musicians (Sunday, May 8, 2:00
PM).

For more information regarding classes or registration, please contact Jazz
Arts Group at 614-294-5200 x 107 or visit www.jazzartsgroup.org.

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