Jazz Guitar Workshop with Stephen Benson

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Jazz Guitar Workshop with Stephen Benson

Saturday September 14, 2019


Join jazz guitar master Stephen Benson for an all-day guitar workshop which will be held at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430 from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

Beginner, immediate and advanced players are welcome. Players of all genres will benefit from the curriculum.

The cost of the workshop is $85.00 which includes take-home materials, lunch and a two-year museum membership. If you already have a museum membership, it will be extended for two more years. The workshop will conclude with a private performance for the students by Mr. Benson. Space is limited so please register early! Advanced registration and payment are REQUIRED for this event.

To purchase your reservation for this event please visit http://www.mahwahmuseum.org

Subject areas will include:

-Learning tunes- several useful approaches to learning tunes well that will help memorization, soloing and playing in an ensemble. The focus will be on a few certain tunes covering a range of styles from the 1920's through Wayne Shorter to funk styles.

-Understanding harmony and how it applies to jazz.

-Comping and playing in an ensemble. Rhythm guitar in a big band, small group or with a singer or another instrumentalist.

-Solo guitar arrangements, how to put them together with different approaches.

About the Workshop:

Students should bring a guitar (acoustic or archtop as amplifier's will be extremely limited). Be prepared to play all day!

About Stephen Benson:

Stephen Benson is very active in the New York City freelance scene. He is comfortable in a variety of musical settings from jazz and classical music to rock, blues, rhythm and blues, Broadway, bluegrass and klezmer music. He has performed and or recorded with people as diverse as Phoebe Snow, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cold, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, Harry Connick Jr., Take 6, Fontella Bass, Jane Krakowski, Sutton Foster, Garrison Keillor, The Big Apple Circus, The New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, NYC Ballet Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra. He has been a regular performer at the Grand Canyon Music Festival with Robert Bonfiglio and has performed with Evelyn Blakey at the Carnival of Venice. He toured Europe for two years as a member of the Giora Feidman Trio and did a world tour of A Chourus Line. Most recently, he has performed on Broadway in the orchestra pits of Aladdin, Chicago and The Lion King. He also composed and performed an original movie soundtrack for "P.T. Barnum: The Lost Legend." He was the first jazz guitar teacher at the Hartt School of Music under the direction of Jackie McLean and is currently on the jazz faculty at Montclair State University. He presently lives in NYC with his wife and twins.



For further information, please contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org

This workshop is made possible by a grant from the Les Paul Foundation and is hosted by the Mahwah Museum Society, Inc.



Street Address

201 Franklin Turkpike
Mahwah, NJ 07430


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