BLACKBOX Music & Arts© 210.660.3838

Jazz Improvisation Workshop

Hosted by Jazz Performance Artist Rene Ford


Every 2nd Saturday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm

BlackBox Music & Arts 1401 Dezarae #6,

San Antonio, TX 78253

Register prior to attending the first time so we may contact you with any cancellations or other changes in our program. We never sell nor share your information with outside entities.

Come join a 3 hour opportunity to network, share and explore performance driven musical ideas.

Musicians with a basic mastery of their instruments and basic music theory are welcomed as well as seasoned musicians, poets, dancers and visual artists.

Together we will discover new expressions together by building on our collective artistic memories and imagination. All generations and differences will be welcomed and valued.


2:30 – 3:00pm  Listening and sharing

3:00 – 5:00pm  Creative Exploration

5:00 – 5:30pm  Personal and Group Reflection

(All dates are subject to be bumped
for contracted BlackBox events)

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Saturday, December 12, 2020



Let’s begin by exploring how our memories and our imagination influence one another. How do they impact your creativity? I’ve heard some say that as you grow older you have more memory to deal with and less room for imagination. I heard others say that the more memories you have the sharper your imagination becomes. How about you?


• Woodshed

What’s woodshedding? It’s what all musicians (as well as poets and dancers) should be doing on a regular

basis to sharpen your voice.  Please find time to include some listening in your woodshedding process.

 Here are some things I’d like you to listen to prior to Feb. 8.

• Learning How to Listen – Abby Lincoln

• Afro-Blue – compare John Coltrane’s version to Robert Glasper’s

• Starmaker – Roy Hargrove

    Who do you think he is referring to as the Starmaker?
    What role do you think each instrument is playing in the process of making stars?

• Little Boy and Water From an Ancient World – Abdullah Ibrahim
    Who would you compare Abdullah’s voice to?






A First  Sunday Musician's Communion Session

Hosted by Jazz Performance Artist Rene Ford


Every first Sunday
from 2:30pm to 5:30pm

BlackBox Music & Arts
1401 Dezarae #6
San Antonio, TX 78253


This is an open invitation to musicians from throughout the area who play for various churches to come together and share musically and spiritually. Musicians are encouraged to “bring your lawn chairs and your instruments” to “make joyful noises throughout the evening.


“If you feel that music is a gift that demonstrates how we connect with one another beyond words then come join us in a musical communion. Starting in January we invite musicians and listeners to join us.


Bring your lawn chairs, your instruments and a positive vibe. Let’s make joyful noises . . . together.”





About Your Host Rene Ford
Rene is a musician, composer, writer and performance artist who has collaborated with an international list of artists in theaters across the country. The foundation of his work has been performance inspired improvisation and his collaborators have been like minded musicians, poets, dancers and visual artist sharing their creativity with one another and the world.

Past Performance Highlights

Holy Ghost Dance, Walker Arts Gallery 8

Punic Wars, Walker Arts Center Auditorium

Monday Morning Body Count, Hennepin Center for the Arts

Porch Swing, Southern Theater

Theology, Love & Revolution Southern Theater

Father, Sons and Brothers, African Heritage Cultural Arts Center

An Isolated Incident, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Lorraine Hansberry Theater

Memory Dances, Southern Theater

O Black and Unknown Bards, Buetow Music Auditorium

Stigmatism.  Intermedia Arts

Reunion, Artist Quarter

The American Dream, Intermedia Arts

2704, Capri Theater

Unsentimental Released by the American Composers Forum on the Innova Label

Cactus in the Desert, Pillsbury Theater

Pork Chop Wars, Oscar Brockett Theatre

Draptomania, Capri Theater







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