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 9, 2014
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 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 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 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 21, 2014
Hailed for its spirited performances and fascinating fusion of Latin and folk with adventurous jazz explorations, the VNote Ensemble gives voice to the hidden treasure of Venezuelan music. By defiantly ignoring musical boundaries, they create a new direction that blends the infectious rhythms of joropo and swing, gaita and soul and be-bop and calypso, among other styles. Exquisite arrangements, unique compositions, colors and rhythms blend together to deliver a unique musical profile. Featuring Donna Viscuso on flute, Jackeline Rago on Venezuelan cuatro and bandola, Sam Bevan on bass and Michaelle Goerlitz on percussion. vnoteensemble.com
November 22, 2014
Robin Huntington brings a heart full of song to the Jazzschool, in an emotionally charged vocal performance that will marry her richly nuanced and powerful voice to the stage presence of a veteran lead actress. Her interpretations of The Great American Song Book, jazz classics, Broadway and lesser known tunes are delivered with honesty, joy, laughter and love. You’ll part this show with a song in your heart! Robin will be accompanied by local luminaries Steve Snelling on piano, Doug Lee on bass and Jack Dorsey on drums.
About Robin Huntington
An old black and white photograph of Robin Huntington, taken at age 6, shows her draped over her grandparent’s grand piano, singing heartily to the accompaniment of a family friend. The little girl who charmed loved ones grew up to study theater and voice, and to garner lead roles in a variety of musical shows. Five years ago, Robin left theater to pursue jazz singing, and has been studying at the Jazzschool with Maye Cavalero and Laurie Antonioli. She has appeared at the Jazzschool, Anna’s Jazz Island and Berkeley City Club as a featured singer, and has frequent solos roles with the Berkeley Broadway Singers. After the rigor of theater, Robin loves the freedom of expression afforded by jazz, and the ability to decide the style, feel, groove and interpretation of a song.
“an enormously talented vocalist and performer whose interpretations ring with truth and believability, and whose buttery rich vocals leave audiences wanting more!” – Sarah Hershey
This concert is part of the Jazzschool’s Vocal Mentor Program.
November 23, 2014
The Jazzschool Board of Directors takes the stage for this second annual fall concert!
December 1, 2014
The Jazzschool Young Musicians Program’s award-winning Studio Band (2nd place finalists, 2014 Next Generation Jazz Festival) shares the bill with Rory Snyder’s Night Band. This exciting and rare pairing of two generations of world-class big bands is not to be missed! Under the direction of leading Bay Area educator Dave Eshelman.
The Jazzschool Studio Band
This award-winning ensemble trains advanced high school musicians from throughout the Bay Area. Students develop technique, knowledge of jazz style and an ability to improvise through standard and contemporary big band repertoire. This ensemble performs frequently and participates in competitions throughout the U.S. Jazzschool Studio Bands have played at Yoshi’s and Savanna Jazz, as well as jazz festivals in California, New York, Seattle, Idaho, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France and the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland.
The Night Jazz Band directed by Rory Snyder is considered as one of the top Community College evening jazz ensembles in California, and one of the longest running at 41+ years. The group has achieved a top-notch reputation by winning or placing high in the Pacific Coast Collegiate and Reno Jazz Festivals. Since Rory Snyder was hired as Director of Jazz Studies in 1990 the Night Jazz Band has recorded 3 CDs, the first featuring Phil Woods and the second featuring Toshiko Akiyoshi. The latest release is DVC Jazz Live at Yoshi’s w/ Bob Mintzer. The Night Band has also appeared at Yoshi’s Jazz Club many times and had a very successful tour of China. They have also taken jazz cruises and played at the CMEA State Conference. The band is now a fee-based class, meaning we have to raise the money to keep the band going. Our bi-annual Yoshi’s gigs are best fundraisers for us, so any ticket you buy for a Night Jazz Band gig helps support the future of the band.
Rory resumed a strong guest artist program with guests including Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Michael Wolff, Bruce Forman, Bobby Hutcherson, Don Menza, John Clayton, Gordon Goodwin, Louie Bellson, Ed Shaughnessy, Grant Geissman, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Wallace, Tom Politzer and more.
December 6, 2014
JYMP ensembles take the stage for their end-of-quarter performance series.
|Saturday Dec 6||At the CJC|
|5:30 – 5:55 PM||High School Ensemble (W 4:45)||Ewing|
|6:00 – 6:25 PM||High School Ensemble (W 6:30)||Ewing|
|6:30 – 6:55 PM||High School Ensemble (T 6:30)||Jekabson|
|7:00 – 7:45PM||Advanced High School Jazz Workshop II||Jekabson|
|8:00 – 8:45PM||Advanced High School Jazz Workshop I||Zilber|