November 16, 2014
The Prima Volta Saxophone Quartet was founded in 2013 by saxophonists Bill Aron and Renée Deeter. Originally formed as a rehearsal group, the quartet soon transitioned into a full-blown performance ensemble in the standard four-part soprano, alto, tenor and bass format. PVSQ members include Bill Aron on soprano saxophone, Julie Auman on alto saxophone, Renée Deeter on tenor saxophone and Steve Logateta on baritone saxophone. PVSQ specializes in an adventurous repertoire, presenting works from the baroque, classical, modern eras and more.
The group’s premiere performance at the California Jazz Conservatory attests to this eclecticism. The program will range from Mozart’s Overture to the Magic Flute to a modern jazz arrangement of We Three Kings. Also expect pieces written specifically for saxophone quartet, such as Bozza’s Andante and Scherzo and Semler-Collery’s Arlequinades, and arrangements of Gershwin’s Three Preludes and Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto.
November 15, 2014
Celebrating the CD Release of 10 Degrees South
10 Degrees South paints a vibrant musical landscape depicting the passion and beauty of Brazilian music and contemporary jazz. Silva’s sophisticated arrangements intersect with Sherie Julianne’s rich, warm voice and captivating sense of rhythm. The evening will feature original arrangements by Grammy-nominated pianist Marcos Silva that will include compositions by Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi, Tom Jobim, Chico Pinheiro, Joao Donato and Marcos Silva. Joining Sherie will be Marcos Silva on piano, Scott Thompson on bass, Phil Thompson on drums and Zach Pitt-Smith on flute and saxophone.
November 14, 2014
Drummer and percussionist Brian Melvin brings his new band to the CJC to perform selections from their soon-to-be recorded album. Featuring Virgo Sillamaa on guitar, Raul Sööt on saxophone and Peedu Kass on bass. brianmelvin.com
Brian Melvin is an internationally-known drummer/percussionist/educator. He has played and recorded with many of the world’s leading musicians. Not limited by styles, he’s worked with the late Joe Henderson, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Bobo Stenson, Toots Thielemans, Richard Bona, Bob Weir (“The Grateful Dead”), Greg Allman (“The Allman Brothers Band”) and many more. One of his main associations has been with the Hall of Fame bassist Jaco Pastorius. They were good friends and made five historic recordings together. One of their most famous was “Standards Zone” (Global Pacific Records,) which was the no. 1 jazz album for 15 weeks.
November 9, 2014
Whether you are a student or a professional musician of any style, a music lover, a foodie, or anything in between, the CJC welcomes you to a memorable night of music, food and community!
All are invited to bring a creative dish to share along with your creative style and instrument for an informal jam session in a concert setting. The CJC will provide a welcoming environment where both faculty, students, and community members can come to participate, mingle, or just sit back and enjoy what happens.
Each musician will sign up at the door and groups will be called and asked to meet back stage while the group before them is performing so they can get a feel of their unique instrumentation, and how they’d like to approach their jam. For example, a group may include a drummer, trombonist, sitar, and flute; the next collaboration may be made up of a pianist, conga player, cello and vocalist. Each group will have their own unique sound to manifest! These collaborations will give all musicians of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to explore new horizons together in an informal concert style.
Come be a part of your musical community!
Suggested donation $5-10 (cash only)
Proceeds benefit the CJC Recruitment Tour
The Laudami Ensemble performs a program of French Chaconnes by Marais, Dornel, Leclair, Hotteterre and possibly Bach. With David Ross on flute, Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo on violin and Michael Peterson on harpsichord.
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.
November 8, 2014
Vocalist Cathi Walkup’s new release Secret of the Song is a fresh double CD and songbook full of songs to delight and inspire, from stompin’ blues to sambas and stirring ballads, all in the key of life. Cathi has been called “the thinking person’s jazz singer” for her choice of lyric-driven songs, “a natural comedian” for her wit and ease on-stage, and, both an “important bop-oriented singer” and an “excellent lyricist” by Scott Yanow, respected jazz writer, in his book, The Jazz Singers, The Ultimate Guide. Featuring Benny Watson on piano and vocals, Carla Kaufman on bass, Bob Blankenship on drums and very special guests Shanna Carlson and Hugo Wainzinger. cwalkup.com
November 7, 2014
World premiere! avant-NOIR is a new project by bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa, for her critically-acclaimed experimental jazz quartet, Bait & Switch. The music is inspired by noir genre fiction set in New York City (where Mezzacappa was born and raised) and the San Francisco Bay Area (where she has lived for the past 13 years). For this project, the quartet is joined by special guests percussionist William Winant and electronics wizard Tim Perkis. avant-NOIR is a musical companion to Paul Auster’s abstract “soft-boiled” crime stories from his New York Trilogy of the 1980s, set in conversation with the West Coast classic hard-boiled 1920s-era detective fiction of Dashiell Hammett. The music progresses like a detective’s case, using clues and imagery from the crime novels such as maps, letters, messages and relationships between characters and places, to create compositions with acoustic and electric sounds, field recordings and composed and improvised material. Featuring Aaron Bennett on tenor saxophone, John Finkbeiner on electric guitar, Lisa Mezzacappa on acoustic bass and Jordan Glenn on drums. lisamezzacappa.com
Lisa Mezzacappa’s avant-NOIR is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and Grants for the Arts|San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.
Photo by Martin Phillips
November 2, 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”).
Vocalist Rhonda Benin has earned a reputation for more than just her voice — her showmanship, magnetic stage personality, humor, and great dancing have delighted audiences across the Bay Area and beyond. Rhonda’s impressive resume includes performances at SFJAZZ, Yoshi’s, MOAD, and the Healdsburg, Sonoma, Burlingame, Sausalito, Fillmore, and Calistoga Jazz Festivals. In the summer of 2012 Rhonda traveled to Hangzhou, China for a 3 month engagement at the JZ Jazz Club. In addition to singing, Rhonda is producer and founder of the Women’s History Month’s show “Just Like A Woman,” a tribute to Bay Area women in music and “Jazz Ain’t Nothing But The Blues.” Join Rhonda as she performs her new show, “Groovin, On A Sunday Afternoon,” a unique mix of jazz, blues and soul featuring John R. Burr on piano, Ron Belcher on bass Rob Rhodes on drums.
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