michael-occhipintiOur popular workshops are held mid-week during the 10-day Festival period and are geared to complement, diversify and broaden your Beaches Jazz experience. Register to attend at coordinator@beachesjazz.com and enter the workshop name in the subject line. FREE.

Mennonite New Life Centre

Coming July 21st – 23rd, 2014. For 2013 Workshops see below.
 

  Workshops @ Mennonite New Life Centre
July 22, 2013July 23, 2013July 24, 2013
Main Level
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Vocal Jazz Bootcamp
with Heather Bambrick
Songwriting
with Amy Sky
Ukulele Workshop
with Steve McNie
Lower Level
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Turning Pop Songs into Jazz
with Michael Occhipinti
Drum Clinic
with Larnell Lewis
The Biz According to Bee
with Jaymz Bee

WORKSHOP: Vocal Jazz Bootcamp

Leader:Heather Bambrick
Date:Jul 22, 2013
Time:7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location:Mennonite New Life Centre
Room:Main Level
To Register:coordinator@beachesjazz.com
Fee:FREE

Back by popular demand...

Heather Bambrick’s Jazz Vocal Bootcamp

Join Heather Bambrick as she takes you through the paces of Jazz Vocalizing, from tone placement and timbre, to swing feel and improvising.  Work out your voice and your creativity!! This fun interactive workshop is good for singers at all levels.

Bio:
Heather Bambrick (Vocalist of the Year, National Jazz Awards) is in demand as a performer, educator, and broadcaster.  She has worked with a vast array of artists, including Phil Nimmons, Kenny Wheeler, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, Lea Delaria, Peter Appleyard, Anne Hampton Callaway, John Lamb, Carol Welsman, Jackie Richardson, Denzal Sinclaire, and the late Rob McConnell.

Heather has recorded with acts ranging from the Royal Jelly Orchestra and the Caliban Quartet, to Carol Welsman and Peter Appleyard.  She was a founding member of the Downbeat Award winning Beehive Singers, performing throughout North America in support of their self-titled recording.

Her own debut CD It’s About Time (2003) was nominated for Best Jazz Recording at the 2004 East Coast Music Awards and received international praise and radio airplay.  Her follow-up recording, Those Were The Days, was also nominated for Best Jazz Recording at the 2007 East Coast Music Awards.  She and theatre great Rudy Webb were featured on “This Is Love”, the music of Irving Berlin and award winning actor, musician, and songwriter, the late Irving Dobbs.  Heather is also one of several top Canadian Jazz vocalists featured on Peter Appleyard’s recent release “Sophisticated Ladies”.

On stage, Heather is a consummate entertainer, performing for appreciative crowds at venues across Canada and in the US, and bringing audiences to their feet at some of the country’s most prestigious music festivals.  Her live shows are a combination of timeless songs, brilliant musicianship, and Heather’s unique sense of humour – all adding up to pure entertainment.

Heather’s voice has been heard throughout North America on radio and television commercials, in animation series (Disney, PBS, Comedy Network), as well as on film and television soundtracks.  Since 2001, Heather has firmly entrenched herself in the world of broadcasting, producing and hosting the highly popular “Sunday Afternoon Jazz”, and later “Dinner Jazz” on Canada’s only all-Jazz radio station, JAZZ.FM91.  She is currently the producer and host of “Wake Up … with Heather Bambrick”, JAZZ.FM91’s morning show.  Heather has twice been named Broadcaster of the Year at the National Jazz Awards.

The native Newfoundlander is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, and is currently on faculty both at U of T and Humber College.  When not in the classroom, Heather is busy as a clinician and adjudicator at schools and music festivals across Canada.

WORKSHOP: Songwriting

Leader:Amy Sky
Date:Jul 23, 2013
Time:7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location:Mennonite New Life Centre
Room:Main Level
To Register:coordinator@beachesjazz.com
Fee:FREE

Amy Sky - Songwriting

Back by popular demand…
Last years Amy Sky Songwriting Workshop was so popular it was filled to capacity (we had to turn people away). This year we have moved it to a larger space and hope that many more people will be able to enjoy this informative and entertaining workshop.

Amy will cover the fundamentals of the art and craft of songwriting. Performing examples from her own chart topping hits, Amy will offer tips and tools to help mold your ideas into memorable compositions.

Amy Sky is a Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, theatre actress, and television host. Sky started classical music lessons at the age of five, and plays piano, guitar, cello and recorder. She has a degree from the University of Toronto in music theory and composition. In 1983, Amy was signed as a staff song writer to MCA Music Nashville, and then subsequently to Warner-Chappell Music in Los Angeles, EMI Music Los Angeles, and Warner-Chappell Music Germany.

As a writer she has penned songs for many artists including Diana Ross, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Reba McEntire, Belinda Carlisle, Aaron Neville, Heart, Cyndi Lauper, Mark Masri, Roch Voisine and Sheena Easton.

Her latest cd is called "Alive and Awake" www.amysky.com

WORKSHOP: Ukulele Workshop

Leader:Steve McNie
Date:Jul 24, 2013
Time:7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location:Mennonite New Life Centre
Room:Main Level
To Register:coordinator@beachesjazz.com
Fee:FREE

GET UKED! Back by Popular Demand…

All ages, something for everyone – even if you don’t have a ukulele (yet!). Bring your Ukulele and an appetite for an evening of sing-along, play-along fun with Steve McNie- and members of the very popular Corktown Ukulele Jam.

Multi-Instrumentalist, Steve McNie is behind TorontoUKES.com an organization that produces a variety of ukulele activities including the Corktown Ukulele JamUke Nite!cujamWESTUKE101Ukulele Speakeasy and concerts and workshops all over the city and beyond.

If you haven’t been to one of these unique events, this is your perfect opportunity to get a sense for why they’re getting so much attention and why the ukulele is such a perfect way to “put a little analog back into the digital world we live in”.  Come ready to learn a little and play a lot… whether you know 3 chords or 30, our guarantee is on fun!

Don’t have a uke?  You come too!  Our bet is that by the time you leave, your next stop will be a local music store.  Want to beat that rush?  TorontoUKES.com features a comprehensive list of where to pick up a uke in advance, along with info on all of the cool uke-centric stuff these guys have got going.

TorontoUKES.com

WORKSHOP: Turning Pop Songs into Jazz

Leader:Michael Occhipinti
Date:Jul 22, 2013
Time:7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location:Mennonite New Life Centre
Room:Lower Level
To Register:coordinator@beachesjazz.com
Fee:FREE

Description:
Most of the songs that jazz musicians refer to as "standards" started out as popular songs, and today many musicians are looking to everything from Joni Mitchell to Radiohead to Bob Marley to develop their own songbooks. For this workshop, Michael Occipinti will use audio examples to illustrate and discuss how different jazz musicians are approaching pop music and will share the arranging ideas he used for his recordings, Creation Dream: The Songs of Bruce Cockburn, The Sicilian Jazz Project (which turns Sicilian folk tunes into jazz), and his newest record The Universe of John Lennon. This clinic is open to anyone and will benefit both music fans simply looking for insight into how jazz musicians approach songs, and to musicians with knowledge of theory who are interested in creating their own arrangements.

An eight-time JUNO Award (Canada's Grammy) nominee for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, guitarist/composer Michael Occhipinti's inventive approach to creative music of all kinds has earned him a broad array of listeners and the respect of critics and musicians alike. Crossing genres that include jazz, chamber music, funk, world music, and anything involving modern guitar sounds, Michael is both a versatile musician and an imaginative band leader. His Sicilian Jazz Project has been called "a masterpiece of cross-cultural fusion" and has thrilled audiences in Canada, the U.S., Italy, and Mexico. Starting with field recordings of forgotten Sicilian folk music and reinventing the music as a mix of global genres, the project earned Michael a JUNO nomination, the 2009 Ragusani nel Mondo Award (which he and his musician brother Roberto received together in Ragusa, Sicily for their contribution to Sicilian culture), and a Chalmers Award that allowed him to live in Sicily from March - June 2010.

Michael Occhipinti & Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon is Michael Occhipinti's newest project, selected by the staff at Jazz FM as a Top Pick of 2012. Typical of Michael’s willingness to challenge himself, the recording pulls off the tricky task of making some the best known songs in the world sound original and fresh. Shine On features the stellar vocals of Elizabeth Shepherd, Laila Biali, Dominic Mancuso, Yvette Tollar, and Denzal Sinclaire, and Michael's distinct arrangements of songs by John Lennon and the Beatles. The group spent the summer of 2012 touring Canada’s jazz festivals from St. John’s to Victoria, and the record is receiving great reviews and strong radio support in the U.S.A., Britain, and on Canadian radio, including live-to-air performances on CBC’s Q and on Jazz FM. The band recently turned heads at the APAP conference in New York, and is now booking shows for 2013/2014.

In 1994 Michael Occhipinti and pianist Paul Neufeld formed the 16-piece NOJO, The Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra, a group the Los Angeles Times describes as "one of the most original sounding large ensembles on the current jazz scene." The group has released five recordings of original music, alongside their newest recording NOJO Explores The Dark Side of The Moon which features the band performing original arrangements of Pink Floyd’s classic album. All five of NOJO’s original music recordings have been JUNO nominated (including the band’s 1995 debut which won the award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album) and its music has intrigued a number of renowned guest soloists including sax great Joe Lovano, trombonist Ray Anderson, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, and most notably clarinetist Don Byron and the late saxophone giant Sam Rivers, who both recorded and toured with the ensemble. NOJO has performed at such prestigious venues as the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival in Orvieto, Italy, The Jazz Standard in New York, and Montreal’s Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

WORKSHOP: Drum Clinic

Leader:Larnell Lewis
Date:Jul 23, 2013
Time:7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location:Mennonite New Life Centre
Room:Lower Level
To Register:coordinator@beachesjazz.com
Fee:FREE

NEW… The Beaches Jazz Festival is proud to introduce Larnell Lewis’s Drumming Workshop for the first time. We consider Larnell one of the very best drummers on the music scene today. Space is limited register now.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Larnell Lewis was first introduced to drums in church at a very young age. This is where he began to learn to play a variety of styles including gospel music. He worked tirelessly to not only develop his understanding of rhythm, but also studied electric bass and piano to further his knowledge of the melodic and harmonic aspects of music making.

During his time at Humber College, Larnell was the 2004 recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, the highest award given by the institution. Although his roots lay in gospel music, Larnell is known for his ability to accurately execute a variety of musical styles. As a result, over the last few years, he has been called upon to perform with a wide range of artists/musicians such as Fred Hammond, Michael Brecker (Verve Records), Dave Leibman, Steve Gadd, Dave Holland (LoJac Music), Tim Ries (Rolling Stones), Salome Bey, Denny Christianson (Justin Time Records, and Head of the Humber College Music Program), Phil Dwyer, Sharon Riley and Faith Chorale, Glenn Lewis, Jully Black, Matt Dusk, and is currently playing with Andrew Craig, Laila Biali, Eddie Bullen and many others.

Larnell is sponsored by Yamaha Acoustic and Electronic Drums, Evans Drum Heads, and Zildjian Cymbals.

WORKSHOP: The Biz According to Bee

Leader:Jaymz Bee
Date:Jul 24, 2013
Time:7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location:Mennonite New Life Centre
Room:Lower Level
To Register:coordinator@beachesjazz.com
Fee:FREE

Jaymz Bee’s - The Biz According To Bee

This workshop will investigate the pros and cons of trying to make a living in the music business. Jaymz will offer tips on how to get things done on a shoestring budget and with the help of a few knowledgeable peers, will discuss new methods of marking using the latest technology. Most importantly perhaps, a discussion on the spiritual aspect of making music...is it really your calling or do you just have Idol envy?

Jaymz Bee is currently a producer and on-air host at JAZZ.FM91 and has worked for various record companies in the past two decades, including his position as President of Leisure Lab (BMG) and Timely Manor (Fontana North-Universal). Jaymz is also founder of Happy Fingers Music (publishing) and Bullhorn.ca (publicity and promotions). Artistically, Jaymz was leader of the funk-rock circus Look People, and currently performs and manages The Royal Jelly Orchestra (jazz) and Bonzai Suzuki (pop).

Come to our free Dance workshops/demonstrations! Lots of room, no registration required.

Beach Boardwalk Workshops

Coming July 26th – 27th, 2014. For 2013 Workshops see below.
 

  Workshops @ Beach Boardwalk Workshops
July 27, 2013July 28, 2013
Noon - 1 pm
Big Band Stage on the Beach, West of Lee Avenue
with Bees Kneeswith Bees Knees
Noon - 1 pm
Latin Stage On the Beach Boardwalk, next to Leuty Lifegaurd Station
with Miko Sobreirawith Miko Sobreira