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Brazosport College to offer Jazz Improvisation Masterclass

Brazosport College to offer Jazz Improvisation Masterclass

Wed Mar 5, 2014
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The Brazosport College Department of Music will present a Jazz Improvisation Masterclass by Evan Oxenhandler and William Flynn from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 17.
 
The masterclass will be offered at no cost to the public in the band hall of The Clarion at Brazosport College.
 
Oxenhandler and Flynn will discuss and demonstrate some of the skills necessary to function in a small jazz combo environment. Topics covered will include improvisation, interaction, listening, theory and musicality. Guests are encouraged to bring their respective instruments, as the demonstrations will be hands-on.
 
A St. Louis native, guitarist and composer Oxenhandler recently moved to Houston after completing his graduate degree in jazz at the University of North Texas. He has performed extensively throughout Texas in various settings, within jazz, orchestral and musical theater. Oxenhandler's approach to music and music education emphasizes individuality. He aims to help his students to find their individual voices on their instruments. He is currently an adjunct instructor of guitar at Brazosport College.
 
Also a UNT alumnus and midwest native, Flynn is a young guitarist, composer and educator emerging onto the contemporary jazz community with an increasingly original musical voice. As a performer, Flynn has spent years playing and freelancing in the Columbus, OH and Dallas, TX areas. As an educator, he has experience teaching both privately and at the collegiate level. As an author, his writing has been featured in Just Jazz Guitar magazine. He currently serves as visiting instructor of guitar at Wichita State University.
 
Both former members of the Grammy-nominated One O'clock Lab Band at UNT, Oxenhandler and Flynn have had the opportunities to perform alongside some of the top names in the jazz world.
 
For more information, call Richard Birk at 979.230.3272.