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Piano Accompaniment Skills – Six-Week Online Class
July 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm$275
This new class for pianists explores the dynamic relationship between vocalist and accompanist. Practical skills covered include transposing on the spot, intros/outros, endings, how to (subtly) cue a vocalist and/or soloist, and more. We will work on applying these techniques together as a group in real time. Pianists are welcome to have a vocalist/soloist with them but this is not mandatory. Open to instrumentalists and vocalists.
Instructor: Tammy Hall
Tammy L Hall began playing the piano at age 4 and is still devoted to that instrument, Music and its calling. After graduating from the Hockaday School (Dallas, TX) and attending Mills College (Oakland, CA), Hall’s career now spans almost four decades, with no end in sight.
Tammy has worked with and accompanied numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, including: Etta Jones, Ernestine Anderson, Melba Moore, Darlene Love, Linda Tillery, Holly Near, Alive!, Barbara Dane, Kim Nalley, Queen Esther Marrow, Rhiannon, Rhonda Benin, Mary Wilson, Denise Perrier, Valerie Joi Fiddmont, Branice McKenzie, Tammi Brown and the vocal trio of Brown, Strugis & Brown; saxophonists Houston Person and David “Fathead” Newman, Noah Howard, Kristen Strom, Tia Fuller, James Carter; guitarist Greg Skaff, Grammy award winning violinists Regina Carter, Laurie Anderson, and Mads Tolling, trombonist and educator Angela Wellman, Harpist Destiny Muhammad, The Montclair Women’s Big Band, Drummer/Bandleader Leon Joyce, Jr., Terri Lyne Carrington, Drummer/Bandleader Allison Miller, and Bassist/Bandleader Marcus Shelby, Bassist Ruth Davies, and Dr. Angela Davis.
In 2015, Tammy made her conducting debut with the national orchestras of Turkmenistan (Ashgabat) and Baku, Azerbaijan, working with Broadway Bound, a diplomatic arts outreach program, directed by Amikaeyla Gaston, founder of the ICAHSI Foundation. Tammy is a lead teaching artist and guest lecturer with many performing Arts academic organizations and schools, including SFJAZZ, Handful Players (Children’s Theatre after-school program), Stanford University, The Oakland Public Conservatory and Black Girls Play, Oakland School of the Arts, Lafayette Summer Music Camps, Marin Country Day School and the California Jazz Conservatory. In 2017, the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awarded Tammy the honor of Best Musical Direction forBlues Is A Woman, written by Pamela Rose and in 2019 Tammy received the Pleasant-Leidesdorff Award for Community Activism.
Venues and music festivals of note include: Carnegie Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Sala Filarmonica at the University of Trento (ITALY), The Brussels Jazz Club, North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Michigan’s Womyn’s Music Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Stanford Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Miguel de Allende Jazz Festival, Oaxaca Jazz Festival, National Women’s Music Festival, Ghent Jazz Festival, Japan, Cuba, France and Germany.