Charlie Brown Christmas: Vince Guaraldi

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Course Description

Christmas Time Is Here! Pianist Jody Nardone has been presenting and performing the music of Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to Nashville audiences each Christmas for many years and last year, released an album of his trio’s interpretations of Vince’s beloved music. Now Jody presents a deep dive into the life, compositions and piano stylings of Vince Guaraldi for a 3-week course that will include info and stories from Vince’s official biographer Derrick Bang’s recent biography, Vince Guaraldi At The Piano; a listening list of essential recordings; a study of Vince’s solo transcriptions; and an analysis of his unique but indelible compositional style. Some elements of the class will involve piano-centric discussion but all instrumentalists, vocalists, improvisers and composers are welcome!  Join us!
The following pieces and recordings will be included in the discussion:
  1. Cast Your Fate To The Wind 
  2. Linus & Lucy
  3. Christmas Time Is Here 
  4. Christmas Is Coming
  5. Skating
  6. The Great Pumpkin Waltz 
PDFs of complete solo transcriptions and a list of YouTube links to recordings will be provided