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Announcing the first ever: “Meet Me Downtown” Day in Berkeley!

The first ever MEET ME DOWNTOWN DAY is Sunday March 20, 12noon to 5pm. Six Downtown Berkeley cultural venues will feature a variety of free activities to give you a taste of their amazing facilities and programing. And Downtown restaurants will offer food and drink specials for event visitors. www.meetmedowntown.info Explore the stunning architecture and […]

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Professor Jeff Denson talks about teaching at the California Jazz Conservatory

Jeff Denson is a musician on a mission. With three jazz ensembles, a full professorship at the California Jazz Conservatory and leadership of a nonprofit organization devoted to the enhancement of jazz in the Bay Area, the double bass master, vocalist and composer is among the busiest musical artists in Northern California. The Jeff Denson […]

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2 students give Berkeley jazz school $500,000

By Jesse Hamlin, SFGate.com Published 10:36 am, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 It’s always nice when somebody gives your institution $500,000, particularly in the case of the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. The gift will cover nearly half the cost of renovating the ground floor of the brick building right across Addison Street, where the school will […]

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All That Jazz in Berkeley

By Mark MacNamar, San Francisco Classical Voice – March 20, 2014 Here’s a new-new thing: The California Jazz Conservatory — formerly known as The Jazzschool or the Jazz School Institute, or more colloquially, ‘that jazz school over in Berkeley.’ It was, until just recently, a small, unaccredited school, with no formal program of study, and […]

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Berkeley’s Jazzschool elevated to California Jazz Conservatory

By David Becker, Bay Area Jazz Examiner Congratulations to the institution formerly known as Jazzschool. The Berkeley training ground for world-class jazz talent recently received full accreditation from the National Associations of Schools of Music, putting its degree programs on a par with the nation’s top music schools but in a league of its own […]

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Berkeley’s Jazzschool earns conservatory accreditation – Inside Bay Area

By Zoe Young Oakland Tribune Correspondent In this new incarnation the Jazzschool will be renamed the California Jazz Conservatory, with the nondegree program called the Jazzschool Community Music School at CJC. The conservatory is now the only free-standing accredited university in the nation devoted solely to the study and performance of jazz music. Jazzschool founding […]

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Berkeley’s Jazzschool now the California Jazz Conservatory – SF Chronicle

Jesse Hamlin Published 2:22 pm, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 California Jazz Conservatory: Newly accredited Berkeley school chooses 1st artist-in-residence Pianist Susan Muscarella was teaching jazz at UC Berkeley 36 years ago when she first heard Benny Green. She was auditioning the serious little swinger for the piano chair in the storied Berkeley High jazz band […]

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Chamber Music Magazine – July 2013

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JCMS Winter Catalog
The Word

“The CJC provides some of the most in depth study of jazz out there. A core curriculum of not two, but four semesters of jazz ear training and hands on jazz theoryand improvisation, culminating in transcription and analysis of the greatest jazz artists of all time. The teachers are wonderful, organized and communicate concepts in a way that clearly transforms each and every student.”

— Lisa Feldman