Jazz Improvisation: The focus of the morning will be on jazz improvisation. Techniques will include work with scales and chords, as well as a focus on transcription as a means for students to further their own jazz language skills on their own.
Jazz “Combo” Instruction: Improvisation skills will be developed using a small jazz group (“Combo”) format. Students will learn select jazz tunes taught aurally, and internalize style-appopriate improvisational techniques. After completing the course, students will be able to perform and improvise on a minimum of four classic jazz combo tunes that are frequently performed at “Jam Sessions” at Jazz Festivals and Clubs.
Jazz Literature/History: Students will perform music of influential jazz musicians. Included as part of the course, students will receive a packet that will include an assortment of jazz tunes to study and more, as well as materials to further their development as an improviser.
Michael Walk is currently an Instrumental Music Instructor for Stillwater Area Schools. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1992, he worked as a musician for various cruise ship companies based in Miami, FL. Michael has been a music educator and performer in the Western Wisconsin/Twin Cities metro area since 1995. He went on to obtain his Masters Degree in Music Education from UW-River Falls in 2002. Michael currently performs with the JazzAx Saxophone quartet (visit www.JazzAx.com) as well as his own group and as a freelance performer. Visit www.walksax.com for more info.
Greg Keel is on the faculty at MacPhail Center for the Arts and Normandale College in Minneapolis. He has been a visiting conductor in the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Studies Department, and developed the jazz improvisation course for the summer UWEC High Potential Institute. Greg is an artist/clinician for Selmer Saxophones. Greg attended the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Madison, and Concordia College in St. Paul. He studied saxophone with Harry Miedema, Brian Grivna, Ruben Haugen, Richard Fletcher and Bill Grahn. Greg has performed with Anthony Cox, Mel Torme, The Temptations, Bobby Vinton, Andy Williams, The O’Jays, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Bob Hope, and blues guitarists Luther Allison & James Solberg.
Phil Kadidlo is a pianist/composer/vocalist from Stillwater, Minnesota. He studied piano performance with Lillian Tan, composition with Conrad DeJong, and jazz with John Radd at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Performing in the Twin Cities for over 25 years, Phil has played with several jazz groups and artists, including ProJazz artists Samoa, vocalists Prudence Johnson (A Prairie Home Companion) and Bruce Henry, and guitarist Glen Helgeson/Axis Mundi. He currently serves as full time Director of Worship and Music at Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater. Phil also plays and sings with the local bands Z Vous Play and Les Ismoore.