Welcome to Learn With the Levitt! Join us every Thursday in January to learn about a different genre of music paired with wines. The class is available only at 7:30 p.m. on the date listed. Learn With the Levitt is a partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington Music Department.
Improv with the Masters: Understanding Jazz and Red Blends
Just as a jazz musician improvises on a melody or harmony, winemakers improvise and innovate with red wine blends. Although the tradition of blending is centuries old, like classical music, today’s winemakers use their knowledge, noses, eyes and palates to push traditional boundaries of blending, much as a jazz musician relies on training, tradition, eyes and ears to create a once-in-a-lifetime performance.
Pairs with Sinners and Saints Red Blend, Alma Negra M. Blend and Lost Oak Texas Trio
Click here for the class at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21
Click here to order the Jazz Special Edition Wines for $80 (with $10 going to the Levitt) or all 12 music-series wines for $300 (with $50 going to the Levitt).
About your host
Laura Bennett Cameron is principal bassoonist of the five-time Grammy-nominated Dallas Winds, and assistant professor of bassoon and chamber music at the University of Texas-Arlington. She is an in-demand soloist for recitals and concertos around the world, having given a series of concerto performances in Italy in January 2020. A champion of the works of Roger Boutry, she has published the largest body of research on the composer in English and continues to expand the resources available on his life and works. Her debut CD, French Masterworks for Bassoon and Piano (Indesens Classique, 2016) with Boutry at the piano, has been praised as “virtuosic, lyrical and engagingly musical.” Her second album with Boutry, Encounters, is expected in 2021. Laura has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and the Boston Philharmonic, among others. She has a doctorate in music from Indiana University, a master’s in music from the New England Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree in music from West Texas A&M University.
About your instructor
Tim Ishii has been director of jazz studies at the University of Texas-Arlington since 2004. Under his direction, the UTA Jazz Orchestra has performed in Mexico City, Germany, Hawaii, Kansas, throughout Texas and the surrounding Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Tim is active as a clinician and has conducted numerous high school and college honor bands in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Oregon. Since 2016, the UT Arlington Jazz Area has continued outreach efforts in Hawaii, Sweden, Germany and China. Tim maintains an active freelance and clinician schedule and is an artist/clinician for Conn-Selmer and D’addario.