THURSDAY, MARCH 30 / 7:30 p.m.
PHIL SCARFF’S EAST MEETS WEST
Muhlenberg High School
400 Sharp Avenue, Temple, PA 19560
An Indian classical music and improvisation workshop and concert will be hosted by Muhlenberg High School vocal director Bill Snelling, featuring 1974 Muhlenberg graduate and saxophonist Phil Scarff.
Mr. Scarff is pioneering the performance of North Indian classical music on soprano saxophone, exquisitely capturing the subtlety and depth of this Eastern music on his Western instrument. Phil is a master jazz saxophonist, and leads the acclaimed world-jazz ensemble, Natraj. He has performed all over the U.S. and India.
Phil will be meeting with Muhlenberg Global Studies and music students during the day, followed by an evening concert with a guest tabla artist TBA.
SUNDAY, APRIL 2 / NOON
GET JAZZED DAY
Doubletree by Hilton Reading
SOUTH Jazz Parlor at Berks and Amphitheater
701 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19601
This educational day will be filled with music, workshops, vendors and opportunities to meet local and nationally known jazz artists.
There will be three main areas for students — the small ballroom, the amphitheater, as well as three breakout rooms.
Three sessions are planned for each area (at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.), with two schools assigned to each session.
The special guest clinicians will be:
Band Performance Room: Saxophonist Andrew Neu, one of the most exciting multi-genre musicians today, an acclaimed recording artist, who is also well-known for his terrific big band charts for school bands.
Saxophonist Albert Rivera is well known for his work with the Litchfield Jazz Camp and Festival. A former student of the camp, today he is its director of operations. His original and fluid saxophone style and timeless tone have become his trademarks.
Woodwind Room: Saxophonist Nathan Bellott, a Berks County native, currently performing and recording with Hal Galper’s Youngblood Quartet.
Brass Room: Trumpeter Dave Stahl, who’s career includes stints as a lead player for Count Basie, Woody Herman and Buddy Rich.
Rhythm Section Room: Drummer John Rozum, a familiar performer and adjudicator from Berks, known for his expertise in jazz, drum corps and many other genres.
MONDAY, APRIL 3 / 7:00 p.m.
BERKS JAZZ JAM hosted by MIKE EBEN
featuring THE MARTY MELLINGER TRIO
and special guests ERIC MARIENTHAL, ALBERT RIVERA
Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610
The Berks Jazz Jam is:
1) an opportunity for students to meet and play jazz with professional musicians
2) a way to learn more about jazz performance in a fun, supportive environment
3) a great way to meet musicians from other schools
4) a real-time way to learn these skills — improvisation, musical styles, performing as a unit, reading chord changes, keeping your place in a song, listening — to each other, and to jazz!
Student musicians will have the opportunity to perform with the trio and other special guests, including saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Albert Rivera.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 / 6:00 p.m. Clinic / 8:00 p.m. Concert
Vocal Jazz Clinic & Concert
THE JOST PROJECT
Albright College/Roop Hall (Albright College Center for the Arts)
1621 North 13th Street, Reading, PA 19604
Standards from the Great American Songbook and the mainstream jazz repertoire have long held sway in jazz performances.
But the so-called “baby boomers” and subsequent generations came of age with rock and roll, the Beatles, hard rock, and other genres which are rarely played by jazz groups. While the harmonies are not necessarily in line with more recognizable jazz progressions, such music is well within the scope of the modal and melody-based jazz of Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” and other post-bop developments in jazz.
The Jost Project specializes in bringing this music to new life through their unique arrangements.
Vocalist Paul Jost and company will guide students through vocal and instrumental improvisation. Jost’s marvelous scatting ability will be front and center for this fun-filled clinic and concert.