Bob Sheppard Sax Master Class Kicks Off New LA JAZZPRO Master Class Series on August 1, 2009 in Studio City, CA


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Los Angeles JAZZPRO Master Class Series
Studio City, CA
August 1, 2009
10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Looking for inspiration this summer? In an effort to join communities together by presenting local and international jazz artists that share themselves with students, young professionals and music aficionados,we offer this new and exciting jazz workshop concept. The Series features world-class performer/clinicians in an intimate setting. Master Classes and Workshops are geared toward intermediate and advanced students. Learn new ways to practice, expand the jazz vocabulary, Network with musicians from all over Los Angeles and Play with the Pros. Inspiration and creativity through learning is the goal.

The series will kick off on August 1 with Bob Sheppard (saxophone), followed by Bill Reichenbach (trombone) on August 8. Larry Koonse (guitar) will lead a workshop on August 15; {Peter Erskine}} (drums) on August 22; and Alex Acuna (percussion) on August 29. September 19 will feature the Tierney Sutton Band vocal workshop and evening concert.

About Bob Sheppard

After receiving a Master's Degree from The Eastman School of Music, Bob Sheppard quickly became established as one of the most highly respected and well-known improvising artists on the music scene today. Complementing his success as an international jazz artist, he is also in high demand in Los Angeles for session work in many music studios, having recorded more than 100 television and movie soundtracks. A musician who meets the highly disciplined requirements of session work with equal artistry in all musical situations and styles, he has built a career consisting of many long term collaborations with leading and respected artists. In addition to being an accomplished saxophonist, he is an impressive multi-instrumentalist playing flutes, clarinet, and bass clarinet.

His compositions are equally noteworthy and are further evidence of his consummate musicianship.

Currently a member of The Peter Erskine Trio, he has also toured with Chick Corea's “Origin" for two years and is featured on Chick Corea's Grammy nominated CD, Change. Over the past 20 years he has performed and maintained many of his associations and on-going collaborations with the following artists: Freddie Hubbard, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Horace Silver, Lyle Mays, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, Billy Childs, and Nat Adderley. His versatile musicianship has extended to Pop CDs with Steely Dan, Rickie Lee Jones, Manhattan Transfer, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, and Randy Newman including jazz CDs with artists Scott Henderson, Michael Franks, Andy Laverne, John Beasley, Otmoro Ruiz, Terry Trotter, vocalist Kurt Elling, Marilyn Scott, and Diane Reeves.

Bob Sheppard says “The jazz community and our schools are so spread out and disconnected; at the same time there is a wealth of talent and experience all around us that begs to be shared. The intent of LA JazzPro Connection is to gather together like minded students with LA professionals in an intimate setting outside of the classroom. The thread that binds our jazz community together can be strengthened by the exchange of ideas and information.

I am hoping the initiation of these informal workshops will expand and and develop over time. Your involvement and valuable input are encouraged in this new endeavor... Hope to see you Saturday."

For registration information contact [email protected] or call the LA JAZZPRO CONNECTION at 818-632-4868

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