Mary Louise Knutson to present jazz piano workshop
MAY 19, 2012
Location: Walker West Music Academy
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: Free; registration required
Interested in jazz piano and want to find out more? Middle- and high school-level pianists interested in or currently involved in jazz performance are invited to an exploratory workshop with Mary Louise Knutson, one of the area’s foremost jazz pianists, on Saturday, May 19, 12:30 – 3 pm at Walker West Music Academy.
The workshop will include an overview of piano jazz history and styles and explore more specific topics such as 7th chords, building rootless voicings for playing in a jazz ensemble, and improvising. The latter part of the clinic will feature a mini-master class with critiques for interested participants.
Students should have some experience playing piano in an ensemble or orchestra. This workshop is recommended for students currently involved in jazz piano or interested in moving into jazz; also for jazz students for whom piano might be a second instrument as well as for those with more experience in jazz. There is no charge for this workshop but pre-registration is required as we are limited to 30 participants.
To register, please contact Anne by May 15th and note your name, email address, phone number, current school, and grade. Also note if you want to volunteer for a critique during the master class session.
Mary Louise Knutson, a graduate of Lawrence University Conservatory, has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Slide Hampton, Richie Cole, Kevin Mahogany, Nicholas Payton, Mike Stern, Ernie Watts, Michael Bolton, and Jordin Sparks; she toured with Debbie Duncan and, in spring 2012, with Doc Severinsen and his Big Band. She appears regularly with the JazzMN Orchestra and her own trio, recently releasing her second CD, In the Bubble. A former instructor at Carleton College, Mary Louise frequently conducts workshops and master classes as well as maintaining a private instruction studio.
This workshop is supported by a grant to The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, funded through Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.