Michael Jackson’s Long Time Guitarist Jennifer Batten Will Be Guest Artist At Music Workshop

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Guitar Workshop Plus has announced the 2016 artist line-up for this years’ summer music program. Michael Jackson guitarist, Jennifer Batten will be the guest musician at the Toronto conference, session 2.

Five sessions have been confirmed as follows:

San Diego, CA Session: June 19 – 24, 2016
Nashville, TN Session: July 31 – Aug 5, 2016
Toronto, ON (Session 1): August 7 – 12, 2016
Toronto,ON  (Session 2): August 14 – 19, 2016
Vancouver, BC Session: August 14 – 19, 2016

The seminars courses concentrate on specific topics and will sometimes feature guest instructors. Generally, seminars are designed for the intermediate to advanced player although some may be open to all levels. Students are evaluated to ensure that they are at an appropriate level for the course. Seminar students meet with the instructor all day and, because there is no restriction to class size, do not take part in rhythm section classes. Faculty led ensembles for seminars depend upon class size and format.

In addition, all students may attend clinics. Each day, two or three clinics are offered covering topics such as improvisation, songwriting, vocals, scales and modes, building technique, slide, percussion, hand drumming and more. Students are welcome to sign up for these clinics on campus.

2016 guest artists include: rockers Jennifer Batten (Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson, solo) and Gary Hoey, guitar great Robben Ford (solo, Miles Davis, Yellowjackets), bass icon Victor Wooten (Flecktones, Chick Corea, solo), country legend Albert Lee and Nashville guitar star Brent Mason, modern jazz extraordinaire Oz Noy, acoustic and fingerstyle master, Peppino D’Agostino, metal king Devin Townsend, British blues master Matt Schofield, Canadian rock guitarist turning all the heads these days, Nick Johnston, professor Jon Finn, drummer Mark Kelso (Brecker Brothers, Shania Twain, Jazz Exiles), and more!

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Guitarist Jennifer Batten (Toronto – Session 2)

The buzz on Jennifer Batten rose from the guitar underground, and the guitar magazines promptly began chronicling her savvy musicianship and highly original approach to the electric guitar. She was selected from over one hundred guitarists to play in Michael Jackson’s highly skilled band which toured the world for one and a half years playing for over four and a half million people. Jennifer wasted no time after the “Bad” tour’s grand finale, diving into work on her debut album. Upon “Above, Below, and Beyond’s” release in the spring of ’92, she was asked again to join Michael Jackson for his upcoming “Dangerous Tour”. In ’93, she joined Jackson to partake in Superbowl XXVII’s half time entertainment which aired to one and half billion people in 80 nations. It was the largest audience in television history. Her follow up CD “Momentum” was released just before she left for Michael Jackson’s final global tour in support of the HIStory CD in 1997. In ’98, Jeff Beck asked Jennifer to join his band. They joined forces for 3 years on the CD’s “Who Else” and “You Had It Coming” which were both supported by world tours. Jennifer has authored two music books and has released three solo CD’s. Before coming to Guitar Workshop Plus in August, she’ll also join Jeff Beck at the Hollywood Bowl for a special “50 years of Jeff Beck” concert. In Jan 2016 she received the She Rocks “Icon” award and was recently inducted into Guitar Player Magazine’s “Gallery of the Greats”.

*Times may vary according to course selection, facilities, etc. The first and last day of the session follow a different schedule to accommodate registration and check-out.

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