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Jazz Songwriting

Class Update: The dates of this class have been updated from the print catalog.

All Levels | Jazz is considered a free-form genre that leaves plenty of space for improvisation. However, even within that notably flexible structure, there is a solid foundation on which jazz is built. In this session, we will dig into some jazz classics as well as more modern pieces to explore this foundation. Work with singer, songwriter, producer, and composer SassyBlack to learn tips, tricks, and strategies to write lyrics and melodies that have been built for the jazz genre.

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Instructor: Catherine Harris-White

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 10/24/2020

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$54.00 Member Price:
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Catherine Harris-White

A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, SassyBlack, who first started performing in clubs at 18, hit the public consciousness in 2008 with her hip-hop duo, THEESatisfaction, releasing two records on Sub Pop. Since, she has fostered a solo career, writing and producing all of her music and releasing 11 projects since 2015. With melodies often compared to Herbie Hancock and a voice often compared to Sarah Vaughan, Black has received acclaim from myriad publications, including Pitchfork, Noisey, Afropunk, SPIN, and Essence.

With the gravity of a celestial body the gods themselves would fawn over, the artist will release her next record, Ancient Mahogany Gold, fall of 2019. Black, who has shared stages with performers like Princess Nokia and Charles Bradley, has played popular summer festivals like Capitol Hill Block Party and SXSW. And along with her music, which has been featured on the Adult Swim compilation, LUXE, her acting prowess has been featured on the HBO series, Vinyl, and Comedy Central’s Broad City. In short, she’s a modern day creative oracle.

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