Examine selected works by the influential jazz piano trios led by Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, and Bill Evans. We will emphasize key musical concepts that distinguished their personal styles. The instructor will utilize slides, audio and video recordings, and live demonstrations by renowned jazz artists. While elements of basic music theory will be discussed, musical training is not a prerequisite.
Jeff Denson is a full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory, an international touring and recording artist, and the artistic director of Ridgeway Arts. He holds a D.M.A. in contemporary music performance from UC San Diego, an M.M. in jazz studies from Florida State University, and a B.M. in performance from Berklee College of Music.