Month: January 2011

Tessa Souter: Jazz Bakery at MI Series Friday Feb. 11th

Tessa Souter – Valentine’s Celebration

Musicians Institute Concert Hall  ||   Friday, February 11  ||   One show at 9:00pm

Featuring: Larry Koonse (guitar), Hamilton Price (bass) and Steve Hass (drums)

London-born of Trinidadian and English parents, New York-based vocalist, composer, and lyricist Tessa Souter uniquely infuses jazz with the soul and passion of flamenco, Indian and Middle Eastern music.

FREE TICKETS FOR MI STUDENTS, sign up in Student Affairs Office only while supplies last!

Advance tickets are available here:

Box office opens 8:00pm

Tickets: $25  – Student Rush- 21 and under with valid student ID – $15 at show time.

Reserved tickets are held until ten minutes before show time and are not refundable. Street and paid parking available nearby.

Jazz Bakery at MI Series: Kahil El’Zabar Ethnic Heritage Ensemble-Feb.4th

Internationally renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El’Zabar brings his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble to the Musicians Institute Concert Hall on Friday Feb. 4th, for one show at 9pm

Kahil El’Zabar: Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble was formed shortly after percussionist Kahil El’Zabar graduated from the school of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1976. He teamed up with tenor saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, Jr. to play music that combined contemporary African American musical styles, like jazz, with more traditional African instrumentation and rhythms. The duo would frequently grow to a trio in these first years, adding musicians like saxophonist Light Henry Huff and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre. In 1988, they added trombonist and conga player Joseph Bowie, who is the leader of the jazz-funk group Defunkt. In 1997, Wilkerson was replaced by Ernest “Khabeer” Dawkins who is the leader of New Horizons Ensemble.

FREE TICKETS FOR MI STUDENTS, sign up in Student  Affairs Office only while supplies last!

Advance tickets are available here:

Box office opens 8:00pm

Tickets: $25 One show 9:00pm

Student Rush- 21 and under with ID – $15 at show time.

To reserve student tickets you must reserve one ticket at full price for every two students. Reserved tickets are held until ten minutes before show-time and are not refundable. Street and paid parking available.

MI at The Grammy Museum Presents Two Exciting Classes for January!


**Follow That Lick**

Tuesday, January 25

Instructor: KEN ROSSER

Across the generations of recording artists, across the boundaries of musical styles, across cultural and linguistic barriers, composers and performers have been borrowing from and influencing each other. What does Hip Hop owe to the 1930’s “Wizard of Waukesha”– Les Paul? Follow that lick through popular music history and find out!

**Sampling Across Genres: Introducing Young Musicians to Sample Based Music Production Using Logic Pro.**

Wednesday January 26


Much of today’s popular music uses sampling technology from a variety of musical genres. Classic early examples include: The Winstons, Queen, David Bowie and the Mellotron. Fastforward to 2011 students will be introduced to current artists who are modern pioneers in sampling technology, including Kanye West, Daft Punk, Dr Dre.

Students will be shown how music from the 60’s or 70’s from an audio recording (CD) can be imported into Logic software, edited, synced and then used in a brand new song. During the workshop, students will be invited up to the stage to Beat Box or sing into the computer. The recorded student performance is then sliced up and looped into a rhythm track, custom drum kit or melodic sampler instrument playable from the MIDI keyboard.

These MI at The Grammy Museum educational programs are offered for grades 9-12, and run 1 hour from 10-11am.

To book a program for your school, please email

For 2010-2011, Musicians Institute is the exclusive music college partner of The Grammy Museum Education Program

2011 Stanley Clarke Scholarship Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all five finalists who performed for a cheering, near-capacity crowd and celebrity judges in the MI Concert Hall for the 10th annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute!  When the final votes were tallied, the top two scholarship prizes ($12,000 Musicians Institute AA Degree Program tuition and cash) were awarded to:


Jon Williams, Guitar (Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta) pictured:Jon Williams, Stanley Clarke, Beth Marlis (VP at MI/Director of The Musicians Foundation)


Zech Hogan, Drums (Grace Brethren Sr. High School, Simi Valley) pictured:Taylor Dayne, Stanley Clarke, Zech Hogan, Beth Marlis

Runners-up (one week MI Summer Shot program scholarship):


Kenny Strickland, Bass (Mission View Public School, Santa Clarita)


Ashley McCabe, Guitar (Oaks Christian School, Westlake Village)


Stanley Jeong, Drums (Taft High School, Woodland Hills)

Following an incredible and inspiring set of three songs performed by the judges, (from the left: Jimmy Paxson Jr., Bunny Brunel, Percee P, Ruslan Sirota, Stanley Clarke, Larry Dunn, Greg Phillinganes,Howard Hewitt, Marisol Nichols,George Duke,Doug Webb; not shown- Taylor Dane,Chris Coleman,Luisa Dunn,Universal).each scholarship finalist took the stage to perform two songs of their choice. The finalists (all high school seniors) showed tremendous talent and passion playing a range of styles from Classic Rock to Funk, Pop, Hip-hop, Heavy Rock and more, each performer consistently impressing the audience and A –list judges alike.

On behalf of Stanley Clarke and his wife Sofia (and their continued generous support for this scholarship and music education); all of us at Musicians Institute want to congratulate the five finalists on their exceptional performances and to thank all of the families, friends and band mates for their invaluable support.










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Stanley Clarke/MI Scholarship Concert THIS Saturday NEW judges added!


The finalists have been chosen, the celebrity judges will perform and then FIVE talented high school seniors will take the stage to perform two songs each for the prestigious Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Concert at the Musicians Institute Concert Hall on Jan. 8, 2011 at 8pm.

Stanley Clarke and panel of music industry celebrity judges will choose TWO talented winners who will receive a scholarship prize of $12,000 each from Stanley and MI, on the basis of musical talent, performing ability, stage presence, musicianship and charisma during the Final Performance Event.

New Judges added!

Taylor Dayne

Vocalist, and multi-platinum recording artist as sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide, garnering three Grammy nominations along the way.

Marisol Nichols

Film and TV actress appearing in 24, NCIS: Los Angeles,  Nip/Tuck, The Gates, Vegas Vacation and many more.

Doug Webb

Sax player Webb has played and recorded with Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Sal Marquez, Stanley Clarke, Quincy Jones, Mat Marucci, Kyle Eastwood, and many more. He has recorded music for hundreds of movies and television programs.

Note: Verdine White will not be performing.

Ronald Bruner Jr. will not be performing, and has been replaced by Chris Coleman. See blog post from 12/13 for more details.