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Vibes and Bass Bootcamp -California Jazz Conservatory in Berkely California

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Tony Miceli and Jeff Denson

Tony Miceli and Jeff Denson

Where: The California Jazz Conservatory, **2040** Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704
When: June 29 and 30, 2019 - Saturday is 9:30am -4:30pm, Sunday is 10am - 3:30pm
What: 2 day intensive workshop for bass and vibe students.

Questions: Email

The California jazz Conservatory is an incredible school in Berkeley, California. The faculty is top notch and the school is a very affordable place to study and get your skills together. I am a visiting professor there and I really like the school.

This is the perfect spot for Vibes Bootcamp. I’ve done a couple there already and love the space.

The bootcamp is an opportunity to get a lot of information in a short time. It’s a chance to go home with a lot of things to work on and to think about. That gives you the opportunity to then work hard on all this material and improve as a vibe player or bass player!

This year we’re adding a bass bootcamp to the vibes bootcamp. We will schedule some time where we’re all together and can work and play.

About Jeff and Tony and the Workshop

Tony Miceli has been performing and giving workshops around the world for the last 30 years. He has countless hours of experience teaching in workshop settings. His bootcamps are designed to cover a lot of information in a short amount of time. The goal of the bootcamp is to give a lot of material so when you get home you have plenty to work on. This will help you advance as a vibe player.

The bootcamp is an opportunity to cover a lot of information in a short amount of time. The vibe bootcamp is based on chapters from Tony’s book ‘TONY’S BIG BOOK OF VIBE PLAYING’. The areas of study will include the following chapters as well as a few other topics.

  • Open close voicings

  • Rootless voicings

  • Advanced voicings

  • Clusters

  • Scales and chords

  • Solo playing

  • Ways to practice improvising

  • Working on Tunes

  • Comping - moving chords around

JEFF DENSON Bassist - Vocalist - Composer - Educator

Jeff Denson has balanced a full career as both an acclaimed performing musician and a highly respected educator. Currently leading or co-leading four distinct ensembles, Jeff has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with both his own groups, worked with some of jazz’s finest artists such as Brian Blade, Jane Ira Bloom, Dave Douglas, Charles McPherson, Cuong Vu, Ralph Alessi, Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, Vadim Neselovskyi, Florian Weber, Dan Weiss, Paul Hanson and had an ongoing relationship with the legendary Lee Konitz since 2007.

Jeff is currently a full professor and Head of the Bass Department at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California.

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Here’s your chance to get a lot of info and then work hard over the summer and make noticeable improvement in your playing. Jeff will be covering the following topics.

  • Theory: Scales and Chords

  • Developing Walking Bass Lines

  • Playing Without a Drummer - Building Strong Time

  • Soloing Techniques

  • Ways to Practice Improvising

  • Working on Tunes