Get JazzED, the educational arm of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, is presenting a free clinic by young bass phenom Gabriel Severn on Saturday, August 21, at 10 am. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Amphitheater.
The special Get JazzED clinic is for all musicians, not just bass players.
Severn, a multiple award-winning bassist, composer and bandleader, will talk briefly about how he was inspired to play the bass and what he believes is most important for young musicians to focus on. He will demo his basses with his looping pedal, drum machine and effects, and give a short performance.
Then he will talk about the role of the bass in the rhythm section, and the importance of having non-rhythm section players understand these roles, with the goal to improve group performance.
He will also talk about keeping time and feel in several different styles and encourage participation from attendees (priority for young participants). If there are drummers present, he would like to have a few play with him.
Q&A will be encouraged throughout.
Severn (16) leads the powerhouse jazz fusion trio Teen Town along with Logan Bedard (19) on drums and Connor Rohrer (21) on keyboards. The three met at the Central PA Friends of Jazz Camp and formed Teen Town in late 2016.
Teen Town hit the ground running since its debut in May 2017 at the State College High School Jazz Festival. The teen sensations are taking audiences by storm with their energy, their undeniable chemistry and their exceptional talent. Named after one of the great jazz fusion tunes of the 1970s, their sets span several genres and decades, and include originals and covers by luminaries such as the Average White Band, Weather Report and Chick Corea.
Teen Town is making its third straight Berks Jazz Fest appearance on Friday, August 20, at 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Club ECP. The trio will open for the Pat Bianchi Quartet featuring Joe Locke, Paul Bollenback and Byron Landham.
Severn developed a love for bass before he could even talk. His devotion to music and his desire to master every aspect of the instrument has taken him on an eventful journey.
He has received five DownBeat awards, two Jazz Education Network awards and a nomination from the Central PA Music Hall of Fame. He also has performed coast to coast, appeared at many notable music festivals, performed alongside several of his musical idols, recorded his award-winning original music with prominent jazz artists and has had his music spun on the radio around the world.
The Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest is presented by Berks Arts.