October 10, 2014
Celebrating the release of her highly anticipated book Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan, Ellen Johnson performs in dedication to her musical mentors. Johnson will present selections from her soon-to-be-released album Form & Formless, along with free improvisations that are the centerpiece of the project. Featuring Jason Martineau on piano, Peter Barshay on bass, and Bryan Bowman on drums. A limited number of signed copies of the book Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan will be available at the concert.
“While other singers are rehashing the great American songbook, Johnson is putting it through the meat grinder and creating a whole new menu.” – George Harris, All About Jazz
October 5, 2014
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”).
Pianist Art Lande and saxophonist Peter Sommer make for a powerful duo, presenting a set of original compositions, special arrangements of standards, and open improvisations in a language that is both unique and dynamic. Their album Sioux County has been rapturously received worldwide. Sommer’s strong sound, prodigious technique and lyrical sense combine with Lande’s unpredictable accents and color shifts to make a music somehow familiar and freshly original at the same time.
October 4, 2014
With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ is building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories. RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys and Doug Lee on bass plus the Bay Area’s best up-and-coming musicians. The group focuses on writing and playing original compositions, with ample room for improvisation. While maintaining an aesthetic that stems from jazz, the group experiments with odd meters, timbre, form, and melodic ideas. The exploratory nature of the group is always rooted in the essence of the composed or arranged pieces. Join RDL+ as they celebrate the release of Mas P’alla Va, which literally means “to the other side we go.” For Dineen and Lee it translates to living here, now, playing with open minds and hearts, and sharing music in a fully intentional yet free way. ruthiedineen.com dougleemusic.com
October 3, 2014
A trio with numerous credits in the worlds of jazz, fusion and classical, Electreo presents a contemporary interpretation of a myriad of jazz styles. Electreo’s sound is richer and more robust than one might expect from a trio. A unique combination of electric bassoon with bass and drums, the instrumentation lends itself to music that is both open and full, harmonically developed, and rhythmically engaging. Featuring Jeff Denson on bass, Paul Hanson on bassoon,and Alan Hall on drums.
Advanced HS Jazz Workshops I and II take the stage at The Sound Room for special performance.
Please note this concert is at The Sound Room in Oakland.
About The Sound Room
The Sound Room is not your average jazz club. It is the downtown Oakland home of Bay Area Jazz & Arts, Inc (BAJA), a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. It is a music and art program by and for people who love music, especially jazz. BAJA focuses on programs that encourage understanding of Jazz, America’s original music tradition.
The club was designed for its conception to be an intimate listening environment where fans can get up close to the performers. This all ages venue offers healthy food, beer, wine and soft drinks with cabaret seating.
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September 28, 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.
Dubbed as “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenny Washington is a jazz virtuoso who thrills audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and rapid-fire scatting. Join Kenny and saxophonist Michael O’Neill and his Quintet as they recaptured their musical connection found on their collaboration albums, The Long and Short of It and Still Dancing. Featuring John R. Burr on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Alan Hall on drums, Erik Jekabson on trumpet, Michael O’Neill on saxophone and vocalists Kenny Washington.
If you have never heard this New Orleans native sing before, get ready for a jaw dropping experience. Kenny is a jazz vocalist virtuoso. Emulating the classic styles of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and infusing colors of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, Kenny’s free, playful approach, with over a four-octave range is awe inspiring. His tone on ballads is liquid, his scat is so rapid-fire, passionate, melodious and inventive that subsequent saxophone solos often pale, and his intonation is so precise that it becomes noticeable if the piano wasn’t tuned that day. His range seems limitless. With a childhood background singing in gospel, Kenny is at home with the Blues as well as Jazz. This man is a must-see.
Michael has performed and/or recorded with Idris Muhammad, Joe Locke, Michael Wolff, Giacomo Gates, Eddie Fisher, Rodney Jones, Kim Nalley, Jackie Ryan, Tony Lindsay, Margie Baker, Akira Tana, Faye Carol, Brenda Boykin, Nicolas Bearde, Jeff Chambers, Rob Schneiderman, Mark Levine, Frank Jackson, Frank Martin, Larry Dunlap, Bobbi Norris, Peter Horvath, Matt Clark, Smith Dobson, Don Haas, Dave Mathews, Michael Bluestein, Omar Clay, Scott Morris and many others.
September 27, 2014
Critically acclaimed Cuban pianist, award-winning composer, and a solid producer and educator, not only on the New York City scene, but internationally as well. Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, this classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba, considers himself “a curious person who loves music”, and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions.
September 26, 2014
A percussion feast featuring living legend and pioneer of Cuban drumming, Walfredo de los Reyes Sr., John Santos, David Flores, and Javier Navarrette.