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July 13, 2014

SF Early Music Society

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SF Early Music Society SUNDAY, JULY 13, 4:30 PM

The California Jazz Conservatory and The San Francisco Early Music Society have established an exciting affiliation that delights both our audience and our local musicians. Early music lovers and jazz music lovers join together to celebrate the improvisational kinship of the two genres. Early music is not light entertainment but a spiritual bridge to another time and place, a deep momentary experience sent  to us by past voices in a universal language we rediscover and re-create with each performance. Check back soon for specific concert details.

 

 

Start: July 13, 2014 4:30 pm
End: July 13, 2014 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

July 12, 2014

Erika Oba

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Erika Oba SATURDAY, JULY 12, 8 PM

Merging their backgrounds in Western classical music, jazz, electronic music, and experimental improvisation, the newly formed Erika Oba Trio will explore loosely structured improvisations and collaborative compositions. Featuring Erika Oba on flute/piano, Chris Bastian on bass, Ben Salomon on drums and special guest Tim Kim on violin and vocals.

The 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi.

 

Start: July 12, 2014 8:00 pm
End: July 12, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

July 11, 2014

Janeare Ashley

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Janeare Ashley FRIDAY, July 11, 8 PM

Known for smooth, dark-hued contralto and vocal stylings reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan, Rising star vocalist Janeare Ashley took 1st place honors at Jazz Search West in 2011. Catch this passionate and thrilling interpreter of songs at the crossroads of jazz and soul.

Short Bio
Musician. Vocalist. Director. Composer. Arranger.
Janeare Ashley, as a musician has shared the most intimate stories of herself with others in music. In fact, if you ask her what her identity is, she’ll simply say, “Music.” She dreams in music, thinks in music, organizes in music, and shares her story with us. At the root of it, Janeare believes that the voice should take us on a journey, as if we are sitting in grandmother’s living room. As a deep soulful contralto, at a young age Janeare grew up listening to jazz in her grandmother’s living room, enamored with the soulful grace of legends like Sarah Vaughn. At three years old she discovered the piano, and taught herself to play much to her family’s amazement. Rooted in the hymns of the African-Methodist Episcopal church, Janeare began singing with the adult choir when she was five years old. She fell in love with the instrument of the human voice. By the time she was nine, she played several instruments including the flute. Her love of choirs and voice drew her to the Malcolm X elementary choral program. The turning point in Janeare’s early musical life came when she auditioned for the UC Berkeley Young Musicians Program young musicians under the direction of David Tigner. There she developed her study and love with other young performers. She went on to join the Oakland Youth Chorus Vocal Motion, a talented group of vocalists who learned the art of singing and performing with greats such as Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra, Linda Tillery, and Joey Blake. She traveled the world working with phenomenal musicians in the early 90’s, and directed award winning choirs. After taking time away to focus on the one thing she loves more than music, her two children Makaylah and Remee, Janeare returned to the music world.

In 2010 Janeare won the Jazz Search West Competition. Later that year she went on to host a local open mic to develop new artists in the Bay Area. Recently she performed at a sold out concert at the Berkeley Jazzschool as a fundraiser to students who like herself want to continue the jazz tradition. Janeare currently serves on the board of the Berkeley High School Jazz Program building of the love of jazz in the public schools. Recently, the students, including her son had the opportunity for a musical exchange with students of jazz in Cuba. Janeare’s acrobatic vocal prowess and soulfulness earns a respect from instrumentalists rarely reserved for vocalists and made her a sought after choir director, vocal coach, and musical collaborator. Her vocal influences include Sarah Vaughn, Shirley Horn, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. Janeare’s other passion is young people. Full circle, Janeare is currently working on efforts to help young people discover the life saving power of music in their own lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: July 11, 2014 8:00 pm
End: July 11, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

July 6, 2014

Blues Vocal Jam with Pamela Rose

Blues-Jam

Pamela Rose SUNDAY, JULY 6, 7 PM

Take the stage and sing the blues with a killer band! Hosted by acclaimed vocalist Pamela Rose, this special Jazzschool vocal jam session is open to all singers. Please arrive by 6:30 to sign up to sing. No charts needed, but singers should be prepared to explain the form of their song in a few words (e.g. “12-bar blues in the key of F, shuffle”).

Start: July 6, 2014 7:00 pm
End: July 6, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

Kavita Shah

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Kavita Shah SUNDAY, July 6, 4:30 PM

New York-based vocalist & composer Kavita Shah celebrates the release of her album Visions, which combines the Indian tablas and West African kora with a traditional jazz quintet. Co-produced by renowned African guitarist Lionel Loueke, Visions (Inner Circle Music) heralds the arrival of a strikingly original, globally minded new voice. Shah will be joined by alto saxophonist Pat Carroll, pianist Steve Newcomb, bassist Noah Garabedian, and drummer Guilhem Flouzat.

“A musician’s singer… always taking risks and searching for new levels of understanding. Her music defies categorization.” -Steve Wilson, jazz saxophonist

“It stretches the boundaries.” – Felix Contreras, NPR, on “Visions”

“Intertwined and delicate as a colorful silk scarf… You get the feeling that her stories are worthy of the listener’s ear.” – LAJazz.com

The 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi.

Start: July 6, 2014 4:30 pm
End: July 6, 2014 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

July 5, 2014

The Logan Kane New Music Ensemble

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Logan Kane SATURDAY, JULY 5, 8 PM

Logan Kane is a 17-year old upright bassist and composer making a name for himself on the Bay Area creative music scene. This concert will be the debut of Logan’s “New Music Ensemble”, a Dectet comprised of five of the Bay Area’s finest jazz musicians and 5 of the Bay Area’s finest classical musicians, arranged as a woodwind quintet. The group will premier new works composed by Logan Kane, a winner of 2 Downbeat Student Music Awards for composition, as well as premieres of works Ryan Ayres and Omree Gal-Oz, some of the finest voices the Bay Area has to offer. The unique instrumentation and endless energy of the ensemble allow for an entirely new sound, taking inspiration from hard bop, modern jazz, and contemporary classical.
Featuring Logan Kane on upright bass, Omree Gal Oz on piano, Zev-Shearne Nance on drums, Edward Evans on trumpet, Sam Priven on alto saxophone, Max Adler on oboe, Aneesh Srinivasan on flute and alto flute, Jun Hong on clarinet and bass clarinet, Joshua Lee on french horn and Ryan Ayres on bassoon.

The 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi.

Start: July 5, 2014 8:00 pm
End: July 5, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

June 29, 2014

Akira Tana and Otonawa

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Akira Tana SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 4:30 PM

Drummer Akira Tana leads Otonowa, presenting jazz interpretations of Japanese folk and pop melodies, some dating as far back as the 18th century. Proceeds from this concert  will go to raise funds for Otonowa’s Northern Japan Tour, in which Otonowa will perform for the communities still rebuilding from the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Please click here to see how you can support the group’s efforts! Featuring Masaru Koga on reeds, flutes and percussion, Ken Noriyuki Okada on bass, Art Hirahara on piano, and Akira Tana on drums and percussion.

Otonowa

From left: Ken Okada, Art Hirahara, Masaru Koga, Akira Tana

In 2011 this top quartet of Bay Area musicians first performed under the name Otonowa, having been asked to perform for a benefit for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. Subsequently this group has performed multiple benefit concerts, and traveled to Japan in late March of 2013 to perform in northern Japan, aiding the relief efforts there that continue to this day. Click here for more details and biographies.

Start: June 29, 2014 4:30 pm
End: June 29, 2014 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

June 22, 2014

Vocal Jam

Vocal Jam

Vocal Jam SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 7 PM

The Jazzschool 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.

 
Start: June 22, 2014 7:00 pm
End: June 22, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

The Holly Martins — Live Recording Session 2

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The Holly Martins SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 4:30 PM

A groundbreaking and virtuosic trio of voice, saxophone and guitar, The Holly Martins is dedicated to exploring the boundaries of jazz and improvised music without a traditional rhythm section. Featuring Lorin Benedict on voice, Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophone, and Eric Vogler on guitar.

Lorin Benedict
An improvising vocalist (scat singer, essentially) living in the Bay Area, Lorin Benedict attempts to introduce more structurally-involved elements into the field of vocal improvisation. Most of his work in this area is centered loosely in the jazz idiom.

Lorin joined the fold of musicians rather late in life, at the age of 31, after many years of listening to recordings and live performances, many of which involved members of his immediate family (all of whom are/were orchestral musicians in the western classical tradition). Lorin appears on a few commercially available recordings in projects led by others: with rapper Malik Ameer – Sanctified (Satori Recordings, 2003), Nothing Better To Do (Satori Recordings, 2006), and The Roseline (2007); with Steve Coleman and Five Elements- Lucidarium (Label Bleu, 2004); with John Schott- John Schott’s Typical Orchestra (Smash the State, 2005); with Howard Wiley- The Angola Project (2007); with the Mitch Marcus Quintet- Countdown 2 Meltdown (Porto Franco, 2010). The Edgetone release, No. No. Yes. No. (2010), by The Holly Martins is Lorin’s first recording with which he has shared creative control.

“…completely redefines the concept of scat singing…technically astounding, inevitably comic and ultimately impressive.”  – Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

Kasey Knudsen
Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco based saxophonist, composer and educator. Knudsen has been commissioned by the Jazzschool’s Emerging Artist Series to write and perform new work as well as Intersection For The Arts and the De Young Museum. She leads her own trio and sextet that focus on original music and arrangements; she co-leads The Schimscheimer Family Trio along with Bay area Drummer Jon Arkin and pianist Michael Coleman, and The Holly Martins.

Eric Vogler
Guitarist, bassist and composer Eric Vogler combines a broad interest in African-American and European lineages of art music with an inherent geekiness to produce a unique personal musical language. Eric studied as a youth with Los Angeles guitarists Pete Snell and G. G. Bobues. At UC Berkeley, encounters with pianist Bevan Manson and saxophonist Steve Coleman suggested further avenues for expressions of his interests through music. Besides the above influences, Eric’s forays into algorithmically generated music have created an ongoing dialogue in his understanding of musical form and structure.

Start: June 22, 2014 4:30 pm
End: June 22, 2014 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

June 21, 2014

The Holly Martins — Live Recording Session 1

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The Holly Martins SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 8 PM

A groundbreaking and virtuosic trio of voice, saxophone and guitar, The Holly Martins is dedicated to exploring the boundaries of jazz and improvised music without a traditional rhythm section. Featuring Lorin Benedict on voice, Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophone, and Eric Vogler on guitar.

Lorin Benedict
An improvising vocalist (scat singer, essentially) living in the Bay Area, Lorin Benedict attempts to introduce more structurally-involved elements into the field of vocal improvisation. Most of his work in this area is centered loosely in the jazz idiom.

Lorin joined the fold of musicians rather late in life, at the age of 31, after many years of listening to recordings and live performances, many of which involved members of his immediate family (all of whom are/were orchestral musicians in the western classical tradition). Lorin appears on a few commercially available recordings in projects led by others: with rapper Malik Ameer – Sanctified (Satori Recordings, 2003), Nothing Better To Do (Satori Recordings, 2006), and The Roseline (2007); with Steve Coleman and Five Elements- Lucidarium (Label Bleu, 2004); with John Schott- John Schott’s Typical Orchestra (Smash the State, 2005); with Howard Wiley- The Angola Project (2007); with the Mitch Marcus Quintet- Countdown 2 Meltdown (Porto Franco, 2010). The Edgetone release, No. No. Yes. No. (2010), by The Holly Martins is Lorin’s first recording with which he has shared creative control.

“…completely redefines the concept of scat singing…technically astounding, inevitably comic and ultimately impressive.”  – Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

Kasey Knudsen
Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco based saxophonist, composer and educator. Knudsen has been commissioned by the Jazzschool’s Emerging Artist Series to write and perform new work as well as Intersection For The Arts and the De Young Museum. She leads her own trio and sextet that focus on original music and arrangements; she co-leads The Schimscheimer Family Trio along with Bay area Drummer Jon Arkin and pianist Michael Coleman, and The Holly Martins.

Eric Vogler
Guitarist, bassist and composer Eric Vogler combines a broad interest in African-American and European lineages of art music with an inherent geekiness to produce a unique personal musical language. Eric studied as a youth with Los Angeles guitarists Pete Snell and G. G. Bobues. At UC Berkeley, encounters with pianist Bevan Manson and saxophonist Steve Coleman suggested further avenues for expressions of his interests through music. Besides the above influences, Eric’s forays into algorithmically generated music have created an ongoing dialogue in his understanding of musical form and structure.

Start: June 21, 2014 8:00 pm
End: June 21, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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