"Preservation Through Music Education"

The Basics of Basie: Do's and Don'ts when Playing Basie. Musicians, lovers of Basie, curious music lovers, take a break from holiday activities and spend an afternoon learning about swing according to the Count. The rhythm section of the Legendary Count Basie OrchestraBobby Floyd/piano, Will Matthews/guitar, Trevor Ware/bass, Dave Gibson/drums, will share their insights on the music that put the swing into jazz as they lead participants through understanding and correctly performing the nuances of dynamics, rhythm, tempo, and groove of the music of Count Basie. 
COST: OUSD Music students and Families FREE  -  All others: 
0 (Supports FREE music instruction and instruments for Oakland youth.)

Who Should Attend?
Oakland Unified School District middle school & High school MUSIC STUDENTS and college students, band directors, musicians (both professional and developing), and jazz lovers. Any lover of Big Band music will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience 
the Basie Way to Swing. 

This is a FAMILY-ORIENTED music education event. Learn how this music is produced, what musicians have to know and understand to play the music. Families are invited to bring the children and enjoy an afternoon of learning about the Legendary Count Basie.

The OPC Basics of Basie Curriculum
This master class is a part of the Basics of Basie curriculum at the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music. Angela Wellman, Founding Director, has designed the Basie curriculum to draw attention to the importance of understanding the blues and the Basie tradition. The fundamentals and style that Basie embodies are integral to the creation and development of jazz. Using authentic, original charts direct from the Basie library, spanning the decades from the days of Buck Clayton's "Avenue C" to the more contemporary arrangements of Sammy Nestico's "Wind Machine," the Count Basie curriculum brings Basie's music to Oakland, creating an interactive living museum for the in-depth study of musical legacy of Count Basie.

About the Count Basie Orchestra 
This year 2015, marks the 80th Anniversary of The Count Basie Orchestra. William “Count Basie” (1904-1984) started his orchestra in Kansas City in 1935, and proceeded to develop and maintain one of the greatest jazz orchestras in music history. Under the direction of Scotty Barnhart, the Count Basie Orchestra is one of the most thriving big bands in history. With 18 Grammy awards, 20 DOWNBEAT, JAZZTIMES READERS & CRITICS POLLS their musicians have grown up with the Kansas City Swing style of Count Basie and add their own voice to the band. With 19 performers: 17 sidemen, 1 vocalist, and 1 bandleader, they are the premier jazz orchestra of all time. The Orchestra celebrates the big band experience through the completely original and identifiable Count Basie repertoire.http://countbasie.com/


Oakland Public Conservatory of Music - 2323 Broadway - Oakland, CA 94612 - (510) 836-4649 
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