With their deep dedication to the process of making relevant and grounded jazz music, it is no wonder that the master musicians of Hushpoint are also skilled clinicians (proudly representing P. Mauriat and D'Addario instruments), eager to share their knowledge as they enlighten and inspire. Available for workshops and residencies to musicians of all levels and ages - or jazz fans of all experience - a Hushpoint master class consists of as much humor as insight, and attendees walk away motivated with specific tools to take their own playing and listening to the next level.
"Hushpoint’s clinic was intelligent and helpful. In explaining the methods they use to practice together they have invented a way to require each member be fully and freshly engaged in each musical moment, truly embodying jazz music’s core value. Hush Point's workshop was jazz education at its very best. The music they play, intimate, new, and accessible is clearly tied to a great lineage and informed by the intelligence and musicality of each band member. But what makes it new is the way they deliberately make on-the-spot game plans for each song that allow them to change roles, set challenges, and tell stories by use their imaginations in ever changing contexts."
Bert Seager - jazz pianist/composer/faculty
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston MA
Fun Fact: Hushpoint is currently formulating their unique practice techniques, stemming from years of rehearsals and performance, into a book of improvisation games and exercises for all to enjoy. So stay tuned!
A legendary player in his own right, John McNeil is a primary resource for New York Jazz, having played with Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones, Joe Henderson, Dave Leibman, and Horace Silver to name but a few. While modest about his influence as a clinician, McNeil has touched the lives and careers of literally hundreds of the top musicians in the world, including Dave Douglas, Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin, Cuong Vu, Jason Palmer, and Lake Street Dive. His "Flexus: Trumpet Calisthenics for the Modern Improviser," written with legendary lead player Laurie Frink, is a standard text in modern trumpet playing, as is "The Art of Jazz Trumpet Playing," which contains a personal history of jazz trumpet playing, articulation, valve technique, and fingerings.
Saxophonist/composer Jeremy Udden has given master classes at colleges around the world with his own groups and the Grammy nominated Either/Orchestra. Among his many pedagogical accomplishments is a Chamber Music America Residency Grant in 2011, where he designed a short curriculum that combined group improvisation (using his band Plainville) with student generated visual art, at a public school in Plainville, Massachusetts.
Drummer Anthony Pinciotti has toured the world with John Abercrombie, Jim Hall, and Benny Golson, among countless others, bringing a wealth of first-hand road experience and insight from the New York and Chicago jazz scenes and beyond. An innovative educator, he teaches beginning to advanced percussion, and his "Drum Healings" sessions use "sound with the intention of spiritual connection and development."
An in-demand bass player on the New York scene, Aryeh Kobrinsky's journey from Montreal, to Boston to New York has allowed him to work with musicians from every corner of the jazz world. His commitment to education is such that he will be opening his own music school in Westchester, NY in 2016.
Master class topics may include:
- Exercises and musical games for group improvisation and interaction (in both jazz and non-jazz settings)
- How to practice together - from duo to full band
- Basic improvisation skills
- Roles of instruments in Jazz
- Life-lessons from a New York trumpeter
- Insights into running a band