Friday, August 22, 2014

Introduction to the Recording Experience for Vocalists: New Workshop

Introduction to the Recording Experience for Vocalists

A new workshop taught by Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) and James Gardiner

Pajama Recording Studio
Jack London Square, Oakland
Sunday, October 12
1 – 4 p.m.

Limited to 6 participants - contact Lisa B to register now!
All levels welcome. Age 14 to adult.
Singers, feel free to contact me with questions!

via lisabmusic at hotmail dot com

Jim Gardiner at Pajama Studio
  • Experience singing and being recorded in a world-class recording studio (without having to commit to a full-fledged project)
  • Learn techniques to feel warmed up, relaxed, and energized while singing/recording
  • Gain tools to feel clear, calm, and in charge of your project
  • Learn the steps involved in the recording process (preparation, team members and their roles, budget, schedule, and marketing)
  • Come away with an mp3 of your recorded singing
Jim Gardiner at Pajama Studio with mentoring student

some Pajama Studios gold records

Pajama Studio lounge

Pajama Studio mixing board with view of vocal both

Pajama Studio, some gear

James (Jim) Gardiner is an award-winning producer, recording engineer, composer, and arranger with two Grammy nominations and 42 gold and platinum awards. He studied trombone and composition at Seattle’s famed Cornish College of the Arts. As composer-in-residence for the state of Washington, Gardiner conducted original compositions, taught high-school and college youth, and won top prize for his Grand Champion Band for three consecutive years at the International Jazz Festival in Reno, Nevada. (Kenny G and his current music director Robert Damper were among the youth mentored by Gardiner.) Gardiner went on to found and lead the professional 17-piece big band jazz orchestra Life-line, which performed West Coast dates with Hank Crawford, Hubert Laws, Johnny Hammond, Grover Washington, Jr., George Benson, and Ron Carter and toured in London, Paris, Luxembourg, and Belgium.

After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Gardiner co-founded two prominent recording studios, Live Oak of Berkeley and his current Pajama Studio, which he built in Jack London Square in 1992. Along with recording and nurturing many indie artists who are not yet household names, he has mentored such artists as singers Nikita Germaine and Rosie Gaines and film composer Mark Isham and worked with artists including Deniece Williams, Bobby Kimball (Toto), Destiny’s Child, Will Smith, India Arie, D’Wayne Wiggins, Brian McKnight, Michael Cooper, Sheila E, Vanessa Williams, Jody Watley, Angela Bofill, B’Angie B, Lenny Williams, The Whispers, Najee, Tupac Shakur, Digital Underground, Luniz, Too $hort, Master P, E-40, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Thomas Dolby, Pharoah Sanders, Hubert Laws, Grover Washington Jr., George Benson, Ron Carter, Sammy Davis Jr., Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers, Bobby Hutcherson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Barry White, John Lee Hooker Jr., Rickie Lee Jones, and Eddie Money. He runs a full-service music production company, Touch-Tone Productions, and Gardiner Music Mentoring, through which he works with youth and adults to develop their musical skills and careers. For more details, see

Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) is a singer, poet, educator, and intuitive reader-coach. She has five CDs (on her own label) and two books (published by Wesleyan University Press and Five Fingers Poetry) to her credit. Her CDs received radio play and charting on hundreds of trade-reporter stations and excellent reviews in All Music Guide, Jazz Times, Jazziz, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and many other publications. She received grants and residences from the National Endowment for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Money for Women, the Puffin Foundation, and others. She has taught classes and workshops at San Francisco State, Foothill College, Skyline College, the Jazzschool, Blue Bear School of Music, Anna Yates Elementary School, and the Allendale Recreation Center; performed music and poetry at more than 80 clubs, performance spaces, colleges, and bookstores; and given radio interviews in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York. She has master's and bachelor's degrees in English literature/creative writing from San Francisco State and UC Santa Cruz, respectively. For more information on Lisa B, see and

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