The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street
12:30-2pm: Songwriting with Jess Best (workshop)
Join Jess Best (Wes '14) as she breaks down her songwriting process, showing the progression from the first seed of a song idea to a full-band arrangement. In this fun and interactive workshop, Jess will share some of the tools she and her bandmates use in their songwriting process, as well as do a group improvisation. Don't miss her performance on Wesleyan’s Foss Hill at 6:30 pm! Jess Best is a NYC-based vocalist and songwriter who tells stories through sound and emotion. Her recent release, Saturday, is deeply rooted in soul and r&b while also fearlessly jumping into the pop end of the pool.
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2:30-4pm: Jazz Jam hosted by Noah Baerman (workshop)
Have you always wished you could play with a great jazz combo? Here's your chance! Bring your voice and/or your instrument to The Buttonwood Tree to jam with Noah Baerman (piano), Becket Cerny (drums) and Connor Schultze (bass). Come with song or two to play (and chord chart or lead sheet to share), or just come to listen. Noah Baerman is a Jazz pianist, composer, educator, author and activist. He has released nine albums as a bandleader and ten music instructional book. He is founding Artistic Director of the non-profit Resonant Motion and director of the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble. Becket Cerny is a drummer-percussionist, composer and educator from Los Angeles; he studies ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University and performs with various student ensembles on campus. Connor Schultze is a New York CIty-based bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music’s jazz program, he also performs with Jess Best, who is headlining The MASH festival on September 9th on Wesleyan campus.