Music Mondays – Template


We are delighted you will be joining us for a Music Mondays workshop.

Here are all the details you will need and resources to help you prepare.

Event Logistics

Location: Drew School, 2901 Californa Street (at Broderick), San Francisco
Please come to the MAIN ENTRANCE on California Street. Doors will open between 6:30 and 6:45.

What to bring: Your instrument, a music stand, and your music.

Attire: Dress code is casual/comfortable. Please refrain from wearing scented products such as perfume or hair spray.

Bossa Nova Singing Workshop with Sandy Cressman
January 29, 7pm

This workshop will explore Brazilian vocal music in the bossa nova and samba traditions. We will explore the roots Brazilian popular music, including rhythmic grooves, phrasing, vocal percussion and Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation. After a brief history of the development of the bossa nova with listening examples, we will learn 2-3 songs.

We will also explore the musical details that will help bossa novas sound Brazilian, and how to integrate the authentic Brazilian feel into jazz repertoire.

Download your music

please print and bring with you to the workshop

Suggested tempos for practice:

       Sibelius - quarter note = 88

       Bartók - quarter note = 80

       Bizet - quarter note = 72

Listen to the repertoire:

"Thus Saith the Lord" with SF Chamber Orchestra

A message from our mentor Ben Simon:

I’m so looking forward to the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra’s first side-by-side reading session on Sunday afternoon, February 26.  I chose these three pieces because they’re not too difficult and will be really fun to play with a lot of string players in the room.  The Sibelius will be a nice warm-up for all of us - this rich, chorale-like movement will get everyone’s sound blending together.  The Bartók Roumanian Folk Dances are some of my favorites, and the first Braul will give us a chance to dig in a bit, with Hungarian flair.  And the Habanera is our dessert: this famous dance from Carmen is just plain FUN! 

See you all on Feb. 26!

Sandy Cressman is a San Francisco-based jazz vocalist who began her career recording and performing with the Vocal Jazz group “Pastiche”, before she focused on her passion for Brazilian jazz. Cressman’s passion for Brazilian music led her to form "Homenagem Brasileira" in 1998. She has toured the US, Europe and Brazil and has released three critically acclaimed CDs, “Homenagem Brasileira” and “Brasil-Sempre no Coração”, and "Entre Amigos, collaborating with other Brazilian musicians and Brazilian Music specialists.

In February 2017, Cressman released her third Brazilian music CD, “Entre Amigos”, which features all original music she composed with contemporary Brazilian composers such as Santos Neto, Antonio Adolfo, Ian Faquini, and more. The CD was recorded in Brazil, Germany and the U.S. Cressman followed the release with a tour of Brazil. Cressman is an adjunct professor at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California, Artist-in-Residence at the Nueva School in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she teaches at JazzCampWest, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Voice Conference Munich, and various workshops and Vocal Intensives in the US, Europe and Brazil.

Sandy has lent her vocals to recordings by such diverse artists as Ray Obiedo (Windham Hill), Pete Escovedo (Concord Crossover) and Eddie Money (CBS). Her love of languages and world music has led her to become a much-in-demand session vocalist for Latin and World Music artists. Sandy often performs with Rebeca Mauleon, Orquesta Candela, and Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra. Sandy also composes songs for television and films, and most recently contributed a song, “Island Ways” to the film “Lulu on the Bridge” starring Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino and Vanessa Redgrave.

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