Lennis Jay Carlson

Photo of Lennis Jay Carlson Department Music Department 
 Office Creative Arts 209
 Phone (415) 452-5392
 Mailbox A63
 E-Mail lcarlson@ccsf.edu
 Summer 2013 
 Office Hours
Summer 2013 Teaching Schedule
MUS 6A Beginning Classical Guitar 1.0
ADVISE: MUS 4 or demonstration of exit skills
50193 001 Lec MTWRF 11:30-01:00PM 06/16-07/25 ART U214 Deadlines Book MUS 6B Adv Beginning Classical Guitar 1.0
PREREQ: MUS 6A or demonstration of exit skills
52066 001 Lec MTWRF 11:30-01:00PM 06/16-07/25 ART U214 Deadlines Book MUS 6C Intermediate Classical Guitar 1.0
PREREQ.: MUS 6B or demonstration of exit skills
52760 001 Lec MTWRF 11:30-01:00PM 06/16-07/25 ART U214 Deadlines Book MUS 6D Adv Intermed Classical Guitar 1.0
PREREQ.: MUS 6C or demonstration of exit skills
52761 001 Lec MTWRF 11:30-01:00PM 06/16-07/25 ART U214 Deadlines Book MUS 23 Jazz Hist, Mus Trad of Afr Amr 3.0 50561 001 Lec MTWRF 01:10-02:40PM 06/16-07/25 ART U135 Deadlines Book

B.A., California State University, Northridge; M.A.T. , Portland State University

Lenny Carlson has taught in the Music Department at CCSF since 1998. His primary subjects are Guitar and History of Jazz. He also directs and arranges music for the Intermediate Stage Band. In his free-lance career, he is an award-winning composer, guitarist and producer. He has taught courses in the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program and at other institutions in the Bay Area.

His compositions combine jazz and classical elements in inventive ways for traditional acoustic instruments. Born in Los Angeles, he has produced four recordings of original music, and his compositions have been featured on nine more. One piece, “Biff” from IN THE MUD, was on the 1985 Grammy Award ballot for Best Jazz Instrumental Composition. In the Mud was re-released digitally in 2013 in ITI Records. Active professionally since the 1970s, he has composed for film, video, theater and live performance.

In 2008, Lenny Carlson released two CDs of his original music. SEAT OF THE PANTS (jazz/latin/eclectic) features drummer Eddie Marshall, pianist Rebeca Mauleon and double bassist Barry Green, all musicians with international reputations. CCSF Music Department Chair Madeline Mueller performed two solo ragtime piano pieces.

The second CD, ECHOLOCATION: SIX MOVEMENTS FOR STRING QUARTET, is performed by Bridget Dolkas and the California Quartet. The musicians are members of the Pacific Symphony of Orange County, Southern CA. Performances of Echolocation were given at CCSF and at Stanford in May, 2007.

Lenny Carlson was awarded a Subito grant of $1000 from the American Composers Forum in November, 2007 to support the presentation of a new jazz/classical fusion work, "Three Episodes for Quintet." In February, 2009, two successful performances and a lecture-demonstration were presented, featuring Bridget Dolkas (violin), Hal Richards (reeds and winds), Frederick Harris (piano), Barry Green (double bass) and Curt Moore (drums). A DVD of the CCSF performance was made by the Broadcasting Department.

"Hyphen Dance" (for Carter Dewberry), a tango for solo cello, was commissioned and composed in Fall, 2008; it was recorded on her 2009 CD, Origins. In 2009, he composed EARTH TONES (for Frederick Harris), a six-movement suite for solo piano that was performed at Stanford University to a standing-room-only audience in January, 2010.

In February, 2010, Lenny Carlson received a second Subito award ($1200) to support the completion of his 3-movement suite, "Aluminum Sunset: A Tribute to the Music of Raymond Scott," composed for Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon Jazz Orchestra, a San Francisco-based 16-piece professional jazz band that was founded in 2003. It performs the music associated with the classic cartoons of Disney, LooneyToons and others. Aluminum Sunset is the first original work commissioned by the CJO, which produced its first studio CD in 2013.

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