Master Classes

Master Classes (5)

Thursday, 24 January 2013 16:36

Bobby Avey - Composition

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Bobby Avey - Composition

 performance and introduction to the process of composition with Bobby Avey. 

Winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk competition for composition and hailed by the New York Times as a "fearsomely gifted young pianist" Avey will share some of his music and demystify the process of decision-making that shapes the outcome of a composition.

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Friday, 11 November 2016 12:08

Dave Liebman - Transcription

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Saxophonist Dave Liebman will talk about the transcription process, which is a vital step towards achieving an authentic jazz rhythmic feeling.

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Friday, 11 November 2016 12:15

Su Terry - Creativity

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Su Terry 

has played and recorded with a variety of notable Jazz artists including Dr. Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Charli Persip, Peggy Stern, Clifford Jordan, Melba Liston, Hilton Ruiz, Howard Johnson, Tim Price, Walter Bishop, Jr., Jaki Byard and Derwyn Holder.

She has also performed with Jazz VIPs such as Art Blakey, Carmen McRae, Jon Faddis, Lew Tabackin, Wynton Marsalis, Lew Soloff and Ray Barretto. She’s been a Jazz soloist with the National Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the New York Pops, and has performed worldwide at venues such as The Montreux Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Northsea Jazz Festival, the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, Quasimodo in Berlin, Germany, Marian's Jazzclub in Bern, Switzerland, and Spice of Life in London, UK. In the States she has been a frequent performer at venues such as The Kennedy Center in Wash. D.C. and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

Her discography currently contains over forty commercially released CDs. She’s the author of several music instruction books, and has received a number of grants and awards for her songwriting. Catch her regular column in the quarterly Jazz Inside Magazine. Sue’s other passion is for the martial arts---she’s a longtime practitioner of Taiji Quan and Qi Gong.  For More, see Su

Su Terry's Masterclass is entitled "HOW TO BE "CREATIVE."  
The first principle is that creativity is not a static thing, but a process.
The second principle is that each individual must forge her or his own path to the Creative Source.
A caterpillar cannot borrow another caterpillar's chrysalis!  
This masterclass will explore techniques and exercises designed to make the first two principles accessible for the student.



During their visit to the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection
 at the Kemp Library at East Stroudsburg University, students will get a chance to explore the thousands of sound recordings, books, dvds, photos and more. Established in 1988, the jazz collection at ESU has been home to jazz of all eras, specifically contributions of local musicians such as Al Cohn, Phil Woods, Dave Liebman, Bob Dorough, and many others.

Friday, 11 November 2016 11:35

Bob Dorough

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Bob Dorough - Performance
Hear t
he creator of School House Rock, composer of the jazz standard Devil May Care and Miles Davis collaborator discuss his his life in Music.

WellDorough will speak of his varied musical life, with occasional examples, at the piano. He will also give the student some clues on jazz singing, phrasing, diction,and song presentation, again with personal demonstration. 
To entertain (like LouisArmstrong and/or Dizzy Gillespie), or NOT to entertain (like Miles Davis and/or John Coltrane), when performing jazz?
Questions and Answers will be freely taken and given.  For more, see Bob