Jazz Guitar Workshop with Stephen Benson

Jazz Guitar Workshop with Stephen Benson

Saturday September 14, 2019

 

 

Join Guitar Master Stephen Benson for an all-day jazz guitar workshop which will be held at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced players are welcome. Players of all genres will benefit from the curriculum.

The cost of the workshop is $85.00 which includes take-home materials, lunch and a two-year museum membership. If you already have a museum membership, it will be extended for two more years. The workshop will conclude with a private performance for the students by Mr. Benson.  Space is limited so please register early! Advanced registration and payment is REQUIRED for this event.

To purchase your reservation for this event please click here.

Subject areas will include:

  • Learning tunes- several useful approaches to learning tunes well that help memorization, soloing and playing in an ensemble. The focus will be on a few certain tunes covering a range of styles from the 1920s through Wayne Shorter to funk styles.
  • Understanding harmony and how it applies to jazz.
  • Comping and playing in an ensemble. Rhythm guitar in a big band, small group or with a singer or another instrumentalist.
  • Solo guitar arrangements – how to put them together with different approaches.

About the workshop:   Students should bring a guitar (acoustic or archtop as amplifier availability will be extremely limited.).  Be prepared to play all day!

About Stephen Benson:

Stephen Benson is very active on the New York City freelance scene. He is comfortable in a variety of musical settings from jazz and classical music to rock, blues, rhythm and blues, Broadway, bluegrass and klezmer music. He has performed and or recorded with people as diverse as Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, Harry Connick Jr., Take 6, Fontella Bass, Jane Krakowski, Sutton Foster, Garrison Keillor, The Big Apple Circus, The New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, NYC Ballet Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra. He has been a regular performer at the Grand Canyon Music Festival with Robert Bonfiglio and has performed with Evelyn Blakey at the Carnival of Venice. He toured Europe for two years as a member of the Giora Feidman Trio and did a world tour of A Chorus Line. Most recently, he has performed on Broadway in the orchestra pits of Aladdin, Chicago and The Lion King. Also he composed and performed an original movie soundtrack for

“ P.T. Barnum: The Lost Legend “.

 

He was the first jazz guitar teacher at The Hartt School of Music under the direction of Jackie McLean and is currently on the jazz faculty at Montclair State University. He presently lives in NYC with his wife and twins.

 

Website:

https://www.stephenbensonguitar.com

 

For further information, please contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org

 

This workshop is made possible by a grant from the Les Paul Foundation and is hosted by the Mahwah Museum Society Inc.

 

 

 

Donald Cooper Model RR CLOSED for Summer!

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is now CLOSED for the Summer, and will reopen in September 2019

 

 

Admission to the DCMRR is included with admission to the museum. Admission is $5.00 for non-members 17+, members and children are free.

**Please note: We CAN NOW process credit or debit cards inside the museum.***

Get on board with the Donald Cooper Model Railroad!  A four-level-high, DDC- controlled model train layout  has something for every size, child or adult.  The layout honors the importance of the railroad in Mahwah’s development and history!

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad continues to entertain children of all ages with seven trains running at a time. Adults and children delight as they watch over the four layers of the railroad, seeing the many wonderful things that are made possible only by the assistance of trains! As the passenger cars make their way through the Amtrak stops and the subway stations, and mine workers wait for their lumber load to arrive, thirty-car coal trains take large sweeping curves as they climb the grades of the two-track main mahwah5mahwah2line!

The Blue Main Line sits between the lower level and the large freight yard and passenger terminal. You can find either passenger or freight trains making their way along the rocky cliffs that identify this line. Trains coming from Union Station or the freight yard must enter this line before heading down the connector track to the large lower level main line.

Come visit our railroad to see it in action. See also our collection of Lionel “O” Gauge trains representing railroads all across the country and all types of locomotives.

This exhibit was made possible through the generous donations of Renee and Ebrima Darboe of Mahwah, New Jersey and the Margolis family of Ramsey, New Jersey.

Admission to the railroad is included in your admission to the museum. If you are interested in model railroading, we would welcome you as a member of our crew. The requirements are a love of the hobby, being twelve years of age or older, and becoming a member of the Mahwah Museum Society. If you have any questions please click here to email our train crew or call 201.512.0099 and leave a message for the train crew.

Please note: THE DCMRR IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER.

The DCMRR is NOT open on Wednesdays, it is NOT a train ride and it is NOT a free train display. The DCMRR is a permanent exhibit at Mahwah Museum, open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 Sept-June.

 

VOLUNTEER WITH THE DCMRR TRAIN CREW

Are you a train buff? The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is one of our most popular permanent exhibits. The layout is a favorite stop for children of all ages. For more information about how to volunteer with the DCMRR crew please click here.

Help Support the Mahwah Museum with Amazon Smile!

If you’re doing some shopping on Amazon.com, please consider using the Amazon Smile program and donating part of your purchase to the Mahwah Museum! Amazon Smile is a program run by the online retailer, Amazon, which will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchases to the charity you select. It costs you (and the charitable organizations) nothing, and it’s just like shopping on Amazon normally, but you get to do a world of good.
 
The Mahwah Museum is part of the Amazon Smile program and with a few simple steps, the 0.5% of your purchases made on Amazon can be donated to the Museum… which will in turn be used in the upkeep and running of our facility, new exhibits, programs, lectures, gallery talks, and all of the things that make the Mahwah Museum an integral part of the community.
 
To start donating,  you simply visit smile.amazon.com, go to your account settings, and change your charity to The Mahwah Museum. It’s just like shopping on Amazon—only you get to support your favorite charity without doing anything extra (not even donating time or effort).
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