VJC ONLINE GUEST ARTIST CLINICS
About the clinicians:
IN FEBRUARY: Trumpeter/educator Jack Schantz was the Artistic Director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra for 15 years. He recently retired from his position as Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University of Akron, a role he held for 20 years (and an institution at which he taught for 30 years). Over the course of a long, distinguished career as a revered artist-teacher, Jack has performed with Tony Bennett, Clare Fischer, Woody Herman, Diane Schuur, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson, as well as the Blossom Festival Orchestra and the Cleveland Pop Orchestra. Additionally, he has recorded with Paul Ferguson, Sean Jones, Joe Lovano, Dave Morgan, Oscar Peterson, Dan Wall, and with his own group.
Jack has a music performance philosophy that many younger musicians can benefit greatly from. He gives careful consideration to three centers of playing: Physical, Intellectual, and Emotional. His goal is to have those three centers in balance, though it is difficult to actually progress in more than one area at a time. While this might make one's growth less traditionally linear, it always makes for a more meaningful creative development in the long-term.
If you are asking yourself questions like "How do I successfully express the creativity that's in my head through my instrument?" or "What exactly do I do with all this theory I've learned?", Jack's masterfully holistic approach to making music can help you solve this particular piece of the creative puzzle. Please join us for this session on February 20th.
IN MARCH: Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Her “lovely, ardent way of improvising,” and “sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered straight-ahead jazz [compositions]” (The New York Times) establish her individual voice which shines through as a dynamic performer and educator. Alexa was named one of the “Top 5 Alto Saxophonists of 2019” by the JazzTimes Critics’ Poll and nominated as a “Rising Star – Alto Saxophone” by Downbeat Magazine’s 2020 Critics’ Poll.
Alexa has performed regularly as a leader and sidewoman in a wide variety of ensembles and genres including the Cecile McLorin Salvant Quintet, OGRESSE, Ulysses Owens Jr.’s Generation Y, LSAT (a quintet co-led with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian), Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and her own Alexa Tarantino Quartet. Firefly, her third album for Posi-Tone Records, will be released on April 30, 2021.
Alexa is currently on faculty for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Youth Programs (High School Jazz Academy, Let Freedom Swing/Jazz for Young People) and represents the organization as a Clinician and Educator for various schools, festivals, and workshops, including a recent appearance in Arizona as the Guest Director of AZ All-State jazz Ensemble I.
In her clinic with VJC students, Alexa will be presenting "What's Next? An Early Career Toolkit." This session is designed to inspire, empower, and encourage the next generation of creatives to find their niche in the ever-changing arts world. Through an open and spirited discussion, participants will leave with a greater understanding of sculpting a mission statement, defining priorities and routines, and exploring and growing their network, all with the goal of building the creative life they want to live.
IN APRIL: Still TBA... More details coming soon.
IN MAY: Tito Carrillo... Again, more details coming soon.