Workshops and Clinics

WEEKEND JAZZ RESIDENCY with The Keezer/Pope/Smith Trio:  

February 9th and 10th, 2013

JHME is so pleased to offer the workshop you've been asking for!  Mike Pope, Geoffrey Keezer and Marvin 'Smitty' Smith will be sharing theory, harmony, improvisational skills and ensemble playing tips during this 2 day workshop February 9th and 10th 2013.  Serious Jazz enthusiasts will benefit from working and PLAYING with these luminaries who will end the weekend with a spectacular show in the Center Theater.  

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO 25 STUDENTS.

Cost:  $275 if registered by January 11th, 2013

          $375 late registration.

To Register: Download form below and mail or email to JHME! 

                  Or call:  Andy Calder  (307.413.3810) or Lisel Spence (307.413.3006)

                  Download Registration Form here

Who are they? Read below to find out more:

Geoffrey Keezer

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Pianist and composer Geoffrey Keezer was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on November 20, 1970 into a musical family, and began piano studies at the age of three. At the age of eighteen Geoffrey joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and has gone on to work with virtually all of the living legends of jazz, appearing on countless recordings both as a leader and as an accompanist.

Geoffrey's professional career has spanned many projects while continuing to work in collaboration with world class musicians from diverse genres. His 1998 release, "Turn Up The Quiet", featured vocalist Diana Krall along with Joshua Redman and Christian McBride. His partnership with world renowned classical artist Barbara Hendricks as musical director and arranger produced "It's Wonderful — A Tribute to George Gershwin" with subsequent touring in Europe and Japan. His two releases in 2003, "Falling Up" and "Sublime: Honoring the Music of Hank Jones", were both collaborative efforts. "Sublime" is an ambitious set of piano duets with Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Benny Green and Mulgrew Miller. "Falling Up" features several pieces where Geoffrey worked in tandem with the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist, Keola Beamer. His 2005 release, "Wildcrafted", captures the fire and raw energy of Geoffrey's trio live in concert at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. And in 2006, Geoffrey teamed up with traditional Okinawan singer Yasukatsu Oshima for a groundbreaking album of duets. Geoffrey's 2009 adventure, "Áurea", is a recording of folkloric South American music mixed with Jazz, and was nominated for a GRAMMY award in the "Best Latin Jazz Album" category. In 2010, Geoffrey was nominated for a GRAMMY award for his arrangement of "Don't Explain" for singer Denise Donatelli.

"You look like you can't do nothin'…we should work together!" -- Miles Davis

"Beautiful playing! I love your improvised pianisms together with your wonderful compositions. Very inspiring!" -- Chick Corea

"Geoffrey possesses a refreshingly open-eared sensibility in the modern manner, and he has more than enough virtuosity and sheer musical wit and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence into an original and compelling whole." -- Time Magazine

"Keezer has evolved a singular style of intellectually abstract lyricism woven over exotically complex rhythms and harmonies." -- Andrea Canter, The Jazz Police

"The wow factor, in full force at the start of the show, had morphed into an I-can't-friggin-believe-what-I'm hearing phenomenon by the end of the night, as a normally subdued Seattle jazz audience found itself hooting and hollering as if the Seahawks had won the Superbowl." -- Allaboutjazz.com

"Regardless of context or style, Geoffrey Keezer is equally comfortable in all-acoustic settings and those requiring more contemporary use of electronics. Consistently inventive and virtuosic, Keezer is, above all, unfailingly musical." -- Allaboutjazz.com - John Kelman

Mike Pope

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I was born in Bowling Green, OH in 1970. My parents, David and Ann Pope, are both musicians of an unusually high caliber. Saturday mornings often found me lying half awake in bed listening to my dad tear through the Liszt b minor Sonata or a Rachmaninoff Etude Tableau with true world-class skill. Watching my mother walk to the piano after returning home from a movie to play her favorite song from the score she’d just heard for the first time was just part of the routine. Discussions of the key of a piece on the radio, or complaints of turntables running sharp were regular occurrences in the car on the way to the music building where they taught. And no, they weren’t checking the pitch against anything…except their ears.

I started playing piano as soon as I could reach the keyboard. It was a central part of life in our house, as it is now in mine. My parents, though they loved jazz and had a lot of records by people like Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Marian McPartland and more, listened mostly to classical music. My older brothers David and Peter, who are both very talented musicians, introduced me to many kinds of music I’d otherwise not have known about. Early on they graduated me from Kiss and Pat Boone (please don’t ask) to Emerson Lake and Palmer, Rush, Jeff Beck, The Beatles and so on. A few years later it turned into Return to Forever, then Pat Metheny, Weather Report, The Brecker Brothers, and so on.

Credits in Alphabetical order:

Seamus Blake
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Michael Brecker
Randy Brecker
Bill Bruford
Chick Corea
Al DiMeola
Gil Evans Orchestra
Spiros Exaras
Anton Fig
Carl Filipiak
Tim Garland
Larry Goldings
Billy Kilson
Klezmer Madness
Joe Locke Chuck Loeb

Teo Macero
The Manhattan Transfer
Lou “Blue Lou” Marini
Eugene Maslov
Jason Miles
John Patitucci
Lenny Pickett
Christos Rafiledes
John Riley
The Roach Sisters
Dave Samuels
David Sanborn
Paul Schaffer
Mike Stern
Jeff "Tain" Watt

Marvin 'Smitty' Smith

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Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Born June 24, 1961 in Waukegan (Illinois). "It was a very natural inclination for me to play drums," says Marvin "Smitty" Smith. A glance at his early life validates that truth. Born the son of a drummer, Marvin, Sr., was always surrounded by music in the house.

At six months old, he would climb up on the large lounge chair positioned directly in front of his father's drum set and would watch him practice, intensely. Whenever his father took a break, he would crawl over and press the foot pedals and attempt to emulate his dad. That experience, and banging on pots and pans, was the extent of his playing until he began formal training at the age of three.

Today, Marvin "Smitty" Smith is a young musician extraordinaire whose work has been described as a "comment on invention, firm and adventurous time and technical sufficiency." He has traveled extensively throughout the Orient, Europe, and the continental USA; and he has shared the stage with such greats as Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, Frank Foster and Frank Wess, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, and Milt Jackson. He is a former member of the Ron Carter Quartet, The New York Jazz Quartet, and The Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet.

Featured on more than 45 albums, additional performances and recordings augmented with Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison, Ray Brown and Phineas Newborn, George Shearing, Bobby Watson, Hamiet Bluiett, Branford Marsalis, David Murray, Emily Remler, Peter Leicht, Kevin Eubanks, Donald Byrd, Monty Alexander, Diane Reeves, Michel Camilo, and Grover Washington Jr. Currently he's a member of Steve Coleman's Five Elements, and The Dave Holland Quartet. Smitty conducts seminars and clinics for students in jazz workshops, both in the United States and Europe; and is currently on staff of jazz program at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts, Canada, and Drummers Collective, New York City.

Smitty has been Downbeat Critics' Poll winner for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, 1985 through 1987, and 1989. Smitty performed on the Soundtrack of filmaker Spike Lee's "School Daze", appeared in Sonny Rollins' music video "Saxophone Colossus", and a member of Sting's "Nothing Like the Sun" South American tour, 1987. Regarded as a well rounded musician with the ability to play all styles, Marvin "Smitty" Smith is a blossoming composer and arranger, and his success has earned him two albums as a bandleader. As a versitile drummer, there seems to be nothing be cannot do. It's been said that he is the "John Coltrane of the drums."