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July 25, 2014

Sturdy Adams

The California Jazz Conservatory is proud to support new and emerging talent. Enjoy an evening of musical selections with this talented Rising Star. More details coming soon!

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

 

 

Start: July 25, 2014 8:00 pm
End: July 25, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

July 20, 2014

Dan Montgomery Quartet featuring Sam Priven

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Dan Montgomery SUNDAY, JULY 20, 8 PM

The music of New York bassist Dan Montgomery ranges widely in style and character but shares a desire for emotional directness and fierce intensity. His music tells a distinct story while allowing for the individual voices of saxophonist (and San Francisco native) Sam Priven and drummer Matthew Buckner to shine through. Montgomery’s open and inviting personality are ever-present in his music. Featuring Dan Montgomery on bass, Sam Priven on saxophone, Matt Buckner on drums.

About
Sam, Dan and Matt have been playing music together for nearly three years at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. While they hail from California, New York and Minnesota respectively, their musical kinship transcends their cultural differences. They have collectively played in nearly 10 countries and with countless music legends such as Chris Potter, Robin Eubanks, Jaleel Shaw, Wycliffe Gordon, Danilo Perez, Bruce Hornsby, Brian Lynch, Martin Bejerano, Kate Reid and the New York Voices, to name a few. sampriven.com

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

Start: July 20, 2014 8:00 pm
End: July 20, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

Billy Buss

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Billy Buss SUNDAY, JULY 20, 4:30 PM

B-Squared Jazz Productions Presents: Scenes From A Dream
Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Billy Buss is emerging as a young innovator in the jazz idiom. Blending musical genres new and old, Buss keeps tradition alive while always pushing the music forward, searching for ways to create accessible yet raw, emotive and progressive art. With his debut album, Scenes From A Dream, released in January 2014, Buss embarks on a musical journey chock full of original compositions that feature seamless group interaction, rich harmonic soundscapes, and driving rhythmic grooves. For his CD release tour and this performance, he brings with him some of today’s most creative and virtuosic musicians around, Godwin Louis on alto saxophone, Mike Aaberg on piano, Scott Thompson on bass and Hamir Atwal on drums.

About
Playing trumpet and piano since the age of nine and studying jazz since age 11, Berkeley, California native Billy Buss is emerging as an in-demand artist and educator. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from both the Berklee College of Music in 2009 (B.A. in Professional Music) and The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at Loyola University of New Orleans in 2011 (M.A. in Music), Billy transplanted his performing and teaching endeavors to the Greater Manhattan and Boston areas. Billy has received numerous prestigious awards including DownBeat Magazine, The National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) and The White House. His talents and dedication have allowed him the opportunity to perform around the world at such venues as the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Monterey, Umbria, Montreux and JVC Jazz festivals; the Dubrovnik Summer Music Festival in Croatia; numerous festivals in Japan; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; a variety of clubs in Boston and New York, the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China – the former two as part of a State Department sponsored tour with legends Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater. He is currently the Band Director at The Mission Hill School in Jamaica Plain, MA and on faculty at The Boston School of Music Arts (Dorchester, MA) and Soyulla Artists (New York, NY) where he teaches trumpet, piano, Jazz and Classical Harmony as well as general music. Billy can be heard performing frequently in New York City from jazz clubs in Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side (The Blue Note, Café WAH, Sullivan Hall, Smalls, 55 Bar, DROM, etc) to Performing Arts Centers (Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Center, Manhattan Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl) with artists such as legendary drummer Billy Hart, tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens, Pop sensation Alice Tan Ridley, Hip-Hop supergroup Deltron 3030, and more. Most recently, Billy performed with Thelonious Monk Jr. in Osaka, Japan. To learn more about Billy visit billiybuss.com.

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

 

Start: July 20, 2014 4:30 pm
End: July 20, 2014 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

July 19, 2014

Nick Lamb

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Nick Lamb SATURDAY, JULY 19, 8 PM

Pianist Nick Lamb breaks jazz barriers with this new group. The sounds of the past, present, and future come together in this musical celebration, with music from Dilla to Jarrett. Featuring Jill Ryan on vocals and sax, Zach Ostroff on bass, Malachi Whitson on drums, and Nick Lamb on piano, Rhodes, and synthesizers.

About
Pianist Nick Lamb, 20, just finished his sophomore year at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Nick has performed in 7 countries at many of the world’s major jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, Monterey and Umbria. He has won a total of 9 Downbeat magazine awards including Best Original Composition (2012). Nick is an alumnus of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and has studied with Martin Bejerano, Peter Horvath and Susan Muscarella.

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

Start: July 19, 2014 8:00 pm
End: July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

July 18, 2014

Malachi Whitson Quintet

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Malachi Whitson Quintet • FRIDAY, JULY 18, 8 PM

The Malachi Whitson Quintet is a new project inspired by the music of Art Blakey. Join this dynamic quintet as they dive into the realm of hard bop. Featuring Malachi Whitson on drums, Howard Wiley on tenor saxophone, Geechi Taylor on trumpet, Aneesa Strings on bass and Omree Gal-Oz on piano.

About
There’s a new rising star in the ever expanding Jazz Scene by the name of Malachi Whitson. Born and raised in Richmond California, Malachi Whitson has been rooted in the Bay Area Jazz community as both a performer and teacher since his early youth. He currently attends the Dave Brubeck Institute at the University of Pacific Campus where has had the opportunity to perform with major artists such as, Bobby McFerrin, Bobby Hutchison, Stefon Harris, Eddie Gomez, Adam Kolker, Joel Frahm and others. Malachi is currently associated with several major jazz organizations including the Jazzschool Community Music School, SFJazz Center, East Bay center for the Performing Arts, Oakland School for the Arts, Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Dave Brubeck Institute as a student teacher. He has received several awards such SFJazz’s Most Dedicated Musician Award, Stanford Jazz Workshop’s Best Drummer Award, San Jose Jazz Workshop’s Best Overall Musician as well as an outstanding Steel Pan Instructor award from the East Bay Women in Action organization. Malachi has been associated with several projects such as the Sundance Film Festival’s award-winning documentary “Lost and Found’ by Sharif Nassir. He contributed to the 2011-2013 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet’s award winning album. He is also a member of the SFJazz Alumni Teachers Association. Under his own name Malachi currently has a trio known to many as “The Project.” This newly formed trio has its own particular repertoire that melds the sultry sounds of soul and R&B with the structure and improvisational context of jazz.

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

Start: July 18, 2014 8:00 pm
End: July 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

July 13, 2014

XD 7

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XD 7 SUNDAY, FJULY 13, 8 PM

Comprised of seven rising stars of the NYC jazz scene, XD 7 creates a high-energy fusion of modern jazz with elements of rock, funk, R&B and contemporary classical. Members of XD 7 have performed with Esperanza Spalding, the Dave Matthews Band, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, the Winard Harper Sextet, Lee Konitz, and James Moody, among others. Featuring Patrick Bartley on alto saxophone and EWI, Xavier Del Castillo on tenor saxophone, Jon Hatamiya on trombone, Mike Bono on guitar, Kevin Bernstein on piano, keyboard and synthesizer, Max Calkin on electric bass and Joe Peri on drums. xd7band.com

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

Start: July 13, 2014 8:00 pm
End: July 13, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

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

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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
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