November 1, 2014
The Kristen Strom Quartet presents a program of original, classic and contemporary jazz. A 20-year playing history enables these master improvisers to paint from a rich palette of musical colors. Their intuitive interplay can veer from gentle group dialogue to excitingly kinetic improvisation. Featuring Kristen Strom on saxophone and vocals, Scott Sorkin on guitar and John Shifflett on bass. kristenstrom.com
October 31, 2014
The annual Halloween concert is back, led by pianist Susan Muscarella and featuring Robb Fisher on bass and Jeff Marrs on drummer. Come for tricks AND treats!
October 26, 2014
The Jazzschool Community Music School Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.
Berkeley jazz singer Audrey Martin knows all about the power of a song to provide hope and spiritual sustenance in dark times. A rapidly emerging talent, she reveals a lifetime of hard-won wisdom with her captivating debut Living Room. Possessing impeccable taste and a gloriously warm and clear voice, Martin has cultivated a highly personal repertoire encompassing American Songbook gems and singer/songwriter treasures from Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and Abbey Lincoln. Featuring bassist John Shifflett, drummer Jason Lewis, saxophonist/flutist Mary Fettig and pianist/arranger Larry Dunlap, whose credits include Ernestine Anderson, Joe Williams, and Cleo Lane.
“Martin says a lot in subtle ways. Her delivery is gentle and emotive, measured and meaningful, and wholly connected to the spirit of each song.”— AllAboutJazz.com
October 25, 2014
Jeff Chambers presents Beyond Standard Jazz, a sextet performing music that soars outside of the traditional repertoire, covering composers ranging from Chick Corea, Yes and El Eco to today’s Grammy winning songwriter Gregory Porter.
Chambers works as bassist and Musical Director for the group which includes vocalist Mary Jenson, pianist Steve Carter, drummer Rob Rhodes, percussionist Marquinho Brasil and reeds player Melecio Magdaluyo. beyondstandardjazz.com
October 24, 2014
Join Laurie and her band as they present new material for their next project as well as some of the “hits” from their recently released “Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light” – The Music of Joni Mitchell. The band is Matt Clark on piano, John Shifflett on bass, Jason Lewis on drums and Dave MacNab on guitar. laurieantonioli.com
“…two attempts to make Joni Mitchell’s music anew have been hugely successful. The first is Herbie Hancock’s partly instrumental one, River: The Joni Letters and now the amazing recording by the ineffable Laurie Antonioli – Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light.” – Raul Da Gama
October 19, 2014
After more than a decade as a co-leader of the internationally acclaimed trio Minsarah, Jeff Denson is forging into new territory with his new trio, featuring Joshua White on piano. Connecting powerfully when they first met in 2005, Jeff and Joshua have been performing together in a variety of settings ever since, often in a duo setting focusing heavily upon hymns and spirituals. Their recent duo recording ˆ – featuring unique interpretations of this music – was released on pfMENTUM Records in April. Deciding to expand into a trio, Jeff added drummer Jon Arkin whose dynamic, polyrhythmic technique provides the ideal complement to complete the synergy needed to best convey Jeff’s musical vision. jeffdenson.com
*Please note concert time has changes from 4:30pm to 7pm
October 18, 2014
The Klaxon Mutant Allstars are a fellowship of San Francisco Bay Area jazz musicians whose music lives between the worlds of jazz, electronica, indie rock and hip-hop. This year they are celebrating the release of their debut album, Robot Invasion. Their music is the product of a new generation of eclectic-minded jazz musicians living in the Bay Area’s technology-obsessed, genre-twisting, multi-cultural mix. With inspiration drawn from 1980s hip hop, to underdog baseball heroes, to the writings of David Sedaris, California politics, to covering indie rock bands like Deerhoof, the Klaxons have created an album that, like the Bay Area, is multi-pronged in its influences, vital in its relevance, and boldly points to the future. Featuring Henry Hung on trumpet, keys and efx, Eric Garland on drums, Colin Hogan on keyboards, Kasey Knudsen on saxophone and efx, Sam Bevan on bass. klaxonmutantallstars.com
October 17, 2014
A giant of 20th century vocal jazz, Betty Carter’s career spanned five decades and influenced countless jazz musicians. From her early days with Lionel Hampton to her preeminence as a bebop improviser to her wildly original compositions, Betty Carter was a totally unique artist, legendary bandleader, and musical innovator. Vocalist Andrea Claburn will celebrate Betty’s legacy in a performance of Carter’s original compositions, as well as some of her iconic arrangements of standards. Andrea will be joined by a world-class trio featuring Matt Clark on piano, Sam Bevan on bass and Alan Hall on drums, in what promises to be an electrifying evening of improvised music. andreaclaburn.com
“There’s really only one jazz singer – only one: Betty Carter.” – Carmen McRae
“Andrea comes to this concert with an arsenal of incredible arrangements and transcriptions from one of our great American jazz singers. Few have ventured into this territory, so I applaud her courage and skill set. It will, without question, be a very dynamic show.” – Laurie Antonioli, Chair, Vocal Program, California Jazz Conservatory
October 12, 2014
Musica Pacifica will present a program emphasizing the improvisatory aspects of Baroque chamber music. The program will consist of concertos and trios by Handel and Vivaldi, where High Baroque techniques of improvised melodic ornamentation will be highlighted. Demonstrations of typical 16th-century ground bass and variation patterns and how they were used to build more substantial compositions — by improvising on them and then by playing works of masters such as Merula, Uccelini, and Rossi who used these patterns in their own works — will also be reviewed. Throughout the program, there will be discussion on the art of basso continuo improvisation and how it developed during the Baroque period. Musica Pacifica will perform their own arrangements of English Country Dance, in which they take traditional folk tunes and improvise melodic lines and harmonies.