Experience Jazz 2017-2018
Experience Jazz combos will rehearse select Saturdays from 1:30pm-3:30pm at McNally Smith College of Music, located at 19 Exchange St. E., Saint Paul, MN 55101 (enter at the Exchange Street entrance). At every session, all students must sign in at the front desk, and get a visitor badge, before going to their classrooms (Steven – Rm. 230, Aaron – Rm. 228, Kenny – Rm. 70). Students are expected to participate in all rehearsals and performances, bring their instruments to all rehearsals.
For program expectations and attendance policy, view the Experience Jazz Agreement 2017-18 PDF.
1st Trimester: Oct 7 & 21, Nov 4 & 18, Dec 2 & 16
2nd Trimester: Jan 27, Feb 10 & 24, Mar 24, Apr 7
3rd Trimester: Apr 21, May 5 & 19, Jun 2
November 18 – Family Informances, McNally Smith College of Music – Group Classrooms, 3pm
December 16 – Trimester-End Performance, McNally Smith College of Music – Room 70, 2:45pm
June 21-23 – Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Lowertown St. Paul, MN – DFJE Youth Stage, date & time TBD
The student will have several performances throughout the year during the above scheduled times, plus other possible performance opportunities TBA. Each combo will also record in one of the McNally Smith College of Music state-of-the-art recording studios
How to report an absence: Please email or call Tasha Baron at igors.groove [at] gmail.com or 612 325 0665.
Communication: If you have any questions or need information at any time feel free to contact Artistic Director, Tasha Baron.
Katia Cardenas – Program Coordinator: gro.e1513545878jfd@o1513545878fni1513545878
Multi-instrumentalist Tasha Baron grew up in the Twin Cities playing free jazz, R&B, classical music, international music and composing music. She plays keyboards, trombone and flute, with an emphasis on keyboards and composition. Her original music projects of past and present include Black Blondie, Sarah White’s solo project, Toki Wright’s live band project This Debris, Sound System Sabotage and Heiruspecs. These projects range from full band with singer to intimate instrumental duos, and from jazz to R&B to classical music and beyond. She has also played with, recorded with and/or produced for such bands and artists as Atmosphere, Dizzy Fae, Dosh, P.O.S./Doomtree, Jamaican reggae band Gullibanque, Michael Bland and Jef Lee Johnson, Heiruspecs, gospel singer Robert Robinson, Brother Ali and Kill the Vultures. She works with Marc Rice as production partners in the world of short film scores as well.
As an educator Baron’s primary role has been that of private music teacher for over a decade at such schools at The Music Lab and the West Bank School of Music. Baron received a B.A. in Music from the University of Minnesota in 2005.
Her approach, across the board, with jazz education and music education and creation is about sensitive listening and dedication to authenticity and originality.
Saxophonist and composer Aaron Hedenstrom has performed across the United States as a jazz saxophonist, clinician, and composer. Aaron has written numerous big band works, string arrangements, small group pieces, and chamber works. Some of his collaborations have included saxophonist Bob Reynolds, the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, vocalist Marlene Verplanck, vocalist Don Most and S. Carey. As a saxophone performing artist, Aaron has been featured as a guest artist by universities such as University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Wichita State University and Eastern Washington University. Aaron exclusively plays and endorses Keilwerth saxophones.
Growing up in a musical family, Kenneth has always been interested in music with a heavy background in music through church. Upon graduating in 2010 from Knob Noster High school, he was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and The National Choral Award. He later attended Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) in 2011 where he participated in the KCKCC Blue Devil Big Band and “The Standard”. Leaving KCKCC, he left to join the military. After his time in the military, He then made the move to St Paul, Minnesota to attend school at McNally Smith College of Music to major in Bass Performance. He is currently a session player around the Twin Cities and performs with various groups such as : Kaye, Kevin Washington Quartet, Maddie Franz and more.
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