Get JazzED Expo Clinic @The DoubleTree by Hilton provides an opportunity for middle school and high school jazz bands to work one-on-one with professional musicians. Participating bands will rotate through section workshops, full band rehearsal and a “Meet & Greet” with our guest artists.
Participation is limited to six school jazz bands which must be registered by the band director. There is no registration fee, but participation is on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis. Registration closes February 8, 2018. CLICK HERE to register.
The performance portions of the day are open to the public for viewing at no charge. The section workshops are closed due to limited space.
Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018 | 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, 701 Penn Street, Reading PA 19601
Clinic Day Chair: Mike Eben | 610-914-5367 | info@GetJazzEDBerks.com
MEET OUR 2018 GJ CLINIC DAY CLINICIANS!
FEATURED ARTIST ALBERT RIVERA | SIGHT READING CLINIC. Albert Rivera received his introduction to jazz at LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts in the Bronx, NY. He continued his studies with a degree from the New School University Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in 2005. Since then he has played at New York venues like Sweet Rhythm, Zinc Bar, Cleopatra’s Needle, The River Room, 55 Bar, Smalls, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and more. His love of working with vocalists has paired him with Sheila Jordan, Rene Marie and Jay Clayton. In 2005, he joined his mentor and teacher at New School, pianist Junior Mance, for a guest appearance at The Litchfield Jazz Festival. In 2008 he appeared there again with the Winard Harper Sextet. Down Beat called Albert and his band “part of the next wave in this jazz ritual.” Connecticut’s own jazz critic Owen McNally called him “A Modern Jazz Messenger.” He is a recipient of the 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award. He currently serves as Director of Operations for the Litchfield Summer Jazz Camp.
FEATURED ARTIST GERALD VEASLEY | IMPROV CLINIC. Born in Philadelphia, GERALD VEASLEY has a varied and impressive resume’ that includes recording and/or stints with Joe Zawinul of Weather Report, his longtime friend and mentor, the late Grover Washington Jr., McCoy Tyner, Omar Hakim, and many more. He has shared stages and tours with Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Gerald was recently named “Best Electric Bassist” in Jazziz magazine’s annual readers’ poll and Philadelphia Magazine named him Best Jazz Band. Veasley was nominated and voted as President of the Philadelphia charter of NARAS “The Grammy People” and is credited by author Allan Slutsky as a key contributor to his classis book/CD set, “Standing In The Shadows Of Mo-Town – The Life and Music Of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson”. He started playing the bass at age twelve and recalls learning a great deal from in-home jam sessions with friends of his musically inclined parents. He was inspired by his parents’ hard work and sacrifices as they gave him a good stable home life and appreciation of education. As an outstanding academic high school graduate he earned a complete four year full academic scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania. Veasley took up studying classical guitar to expand his range as a musician. In 1988, Gerald showed his fusion side as part of the Zawinul Syndicate, and through the years since, he has been affiliated with a wide array of distinctive players – Larry Coryell, Khan Jamal, Eric Kloss, Pat Martino, Charlie Rouse, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, McCoy Tyner, label mate Joe McBride, Special EFX and pieces of A Dream. He has also taught the history and fundamentals of the electric bass to musicians and educators, both privately and at the university level. He has been artist in residence at the Artist-Teachers institute of Stockton State College; guest lecturer at Dartmouth; instructor at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts; and video instructor on “Solo Bass Techniques” released by CCP Baldwin. For more information on this artist, visit www.geraldveasley.com.
SECTION CLINIC/TRUMPET | JOHN COPENHAVER, professional trumpet player, private teacher and educator is a native of Lebanon PA. and a 1976 graduate of Lebanon High School. He holds a B.S. in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College and an M.M. in Trumpet Performance from West Chester University. John has studied trumpet with Fred Erdman, Carmine Caruso, Walter Gier, Skip Stine, Lloyd Baddorf, Tom Strohman and Dr. Kenneth Laudermilch. John has performed throughout Central Pa. in a variety of musical venues and has played in concert with: the Reading big band, the Dave Stahl big band, the Pottstown big band, the Steve Rudolph big, the Rob Stoneback big band, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Williams, Wayne Newton, Clay Aiken, Jack Jones, Bob Newhart, The Manhattan Transfer, the Temptations, the Spinners, Regis Philbin, Petula Clark, Shari Lewis, Tommy Tune, Little Richard, The Four Tops and Bobby Vinton. John has performed locally with the Lancaster British Brass Band, Basic’ly Brass, Steve Rudolph, Tom Strohman, Ralph Carmichael, Skip Stine & Cathy Chemi and Dave Stahl. John is currently performing with the “By Request” band the “Susquehanna Brass” the “Perseverance Band of Lebanon” and the “Roaring 20’s” Orchestra. He is currently the music department coordinator and the director of elementary bands for the Lebanon School District. John is a former adjunct professor of trumpet at Lebanon Valley College and is currently an instructor for the LVC summer music camp. John maintains a busy home music studio and has numerous private students participating in LLMEA county events, PMEA District, Regional, State and National events and numerous college festivals. Mr. Copenhaver is member of the Lebanon County Educational Honor Society and was inducted into the Lebanon County Musician’s Hall of Fame.
SECTION CLINIC/SAXOPHONE | ANDY MOHLER A product of the Berks County jazz scene from the time of his youth, Andy Mohler is an up-and-coming musician and educator in the Southeast Pennsylvania area. Mohler grew up as an active participant in many of the music opportunities that Berks County had and continues to offer. His education and career have taken him many places since, including studies at Temple University, The Conservatory of Amsterdam, and finally Cincinnati College-Coservatory of Music. Mohler has had the privilege of performing in a host of US cities and states, as well as Germany, The Netherlands, and Russia. He has shared the stage with such greats as Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Jimmy Health, Jon Faddis, Phil Woods, Maria Schneider, John Riley, Dennis Edwards (The Temptations), and Aretha Franklin to name a few. Currently, he holds a position as an Adjunct Instructor of Music Technology courses at Temple University, and also serves as the Jazz Band Director for Council Rock High School South in Bucks County. In addition, he actively performs on a regular basis with a number of different bands and groups, and maintains a studio of private students.
SECTION CLINIC/RHYTHM | ANDREW NEU is well respected throughout the industry for his work as a saxophonist, woodwind player, arranger, composer and recording artist. Whether he’s in concert as a solo artist or a sideman, Neu’s musicianship and powerful stage presence continue to get the attention of audiences and critics alike. Neu has appeared at major festivals and concert halls throughout the world and performed with jazz artists Pat Martino, Randy Brecker, Joey DeFrancesco, Lew Soloff, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Euge Groove, Kim Waters, Nick Colionne, David Benoit, Eric Darius, Chieli Minucci, Jeff Golub and Brian Simpson. He was a featured soloist on Peter White’s number 1 song and record, ‘Here We Go’ on Billboard in 2012. Andrew has conducted the award winning jazz program at Lower Merion High School since 1999 leading the band on three tours of Italy in 2008, 2011 and 2014. In 2012 Andrew conducted the Berks High School All Star Jazz Band at the Berks Jazz Fest. A graduate of Temple University’s Esther Boyer School of Music, Neu is a voting member of NARAS and the Grammy Awards. His big band charts are published with Kendor Publishing. Printsound Publishing in Germany publishes the Michael Lington songbook and his sax quartets. Please visit him at www.andrewneu.com, Facebook and Twitter.
SECTION CLINIC/TROMBONE | BILL SMITH, a native of Bethlehem, PA, has been a professional musician and educator for most of his life and served for over 23 years as a jazz and classical trombonist in the U.S. Air Force. He has performed with many top artists, including Phil Woods, Bill Watrous, Toots Thielemans, Conrad Herwig and the New York Voices to name a few. Bill has been a featured jazz soloist at many U.S. and International jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Guinness Jazz Festival (Ireland), Berks Jazz Fest and Hampton Roads Jazz Festival. In the classical music genre Bill has served as Principal Trombonist in the Concert Bands of The Air Force Band of the East (NJ) and the Air Force Heritage of America Band (VA). He has also performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony. Bill has also been a clinician and educator throughout his career, for both private students and seminars. Most recently he presented “100 Years of Jazz Trombone” at the PAJAZZ /Moravian College November (2015) Jazz Series, performed as a clinician for the 2015 Music in the Schools program in Berks county and was a clinician/guest artist with the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts (2014).
SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS | “TEEN TOWN” is a young, impressive fusion/jazz/funk trio out of central PA. These wildly talented teenage musicians breath a fresh and electric energy into the idea of fusion, proving that great music is ageless and timeless. The powerhouse trio is led by bassist Gabriel Severn (12), with Logan Bedard (15) on drums and Connor Rohrer (17) on keys. Despite their ages, they have a remarkable history of experience, with over 500 performances among them. The three phenoms met at the Central PA Friends of Jazz Camp in summer 2016 and started Teen Town later that year. Teen Town hit the ground running after their debut in May 2017 at the State College High School Jazz Festival. They’ve traveled throughout Pennsylvania with a packed schedule ever since, performing at the River City Blues Club, the Moravian College Summer Jazz Camp, the Lock Haven Jazz and Arts festival, and the Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival. They’ve opened for the Ben Wolfe Trio, the Dwayne Dolphin 4tet, the Original Drifters and the Tierney Sutton Band. Upcoming gigs include appearances at the River City Blues Club, TEDx Harrisburg, and opening for Grammy Award winner Paul Nelson. Teen Town will open for the headlining artist at the 2018 Boscov’s Berks Jazz Festival, and wil be the headliner at the Berks Jazz Fest’s Get JazzED High School Jazz Festival. The band has been invited to perform throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, and performances stateside and abroad are in the works for 2017 and 2018. Follow Teen Town on FACEBOOK!