Rhythm Section Masterclass with Chuck Rainey, Elliott Randall and John Anthony Martinez
Wednesday 21st October 4-7pm, Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Chuck Rainey is the most recorded bassist in popular music and is regarded as key in the development of the bass in soul, funk, jazz and fusion. He has toured and recorded with many of the most significant musicians of our time – Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Sonny Rollins, Michael Jackson and Miriam Makeba, as well as bands such as Steely Dan. His understanding and experience of groove and style within popular music is unparalleled.
Leading this masterclass with Chuck are two other eminent musicians with long studio careers. Elliot Randall, on guitar, is best known for his consummate guitar playing for Steely Dan, and has worked with artists as varied as Bob Marley, John Lennon and Richie Haven. He has been at the forefront of studio guitar playing since the 1970s. John Anthony Martinez, on drums, studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has had a prolific studio career since then, playing with Ronnie Laws and Buddy Miles amongst many.
The masterclass, co-sponsored by Rhythm Intensive Ltd., will focus on the art of playing in a rhythm section – developing bass, drums and guitar parts, working on grooves, technique and time, improvisation in the rhythm section, as well as ideas about studio performance.
Although the focus of the masterclass is on the work of the rhythm section, this should be of interest to musicians and music students working in all genres. The masterclass is open to everyone but there will be a strictly limited number of spaces for students to perform with Chuck, Elliott and John – all rhythm section performers (including piano and guitar) wishing to take part should sign up with the Events Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).