Jazzschool Events

January 18, 2015


Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Alex Conde SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18, 25, & FEBRUARY 8, 2 PM

An in-depth exploration of some of the most popular flamenco music “palos.” Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in learning the fundamentals of flamenco style. Learn some of the exotic chord voicings and rhythms to expand your musical vocabulary, in the tradition of Chick Corea, Miles Davis and many other jazz musicians who have drawn inspiration from this rich musical heritage. Material is explained with written examples in both piano score and lead sheet format.

Virtuoso pianist Alex Conde graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music and has extensive international performance and teaching experience in jazz and flamenco styles.

Start: January 18, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 18, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

with Jason Levis – Part 1


Jason Levis SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18 & FEBRUARY 1, 11:30 AM*

This two-part lecture series focuses on strategies to expand your approach to jazz composition and improvisation by utilizing techniques from 21st Century classical composition, including orchestration techniques of the French spectralists, heterophonic practices of the post-war avant-garde, layering principles in new complexity, and extended techniques in musique concrète instrumentale.

PART ONE explores approaches to modal jazz using techniques from French spectralism. Employing simple tools such as instrumentation, register, and dynamics, we explore ways of varying timbre and harmonic color while retaining harmonic function. We also look at how this can be reflected in structures used for improvisation.

PART TWO discusses the use of counterpoint in modern jazz. We begin with a brief introduction to the basic principles of counterpoint and review examples from jazz repertoire by composers like Dave Holland and Henry Threadgill. Utilizing tools such as rhythmic independence, heterophony, and linear melodic layering, we explore ways to extend ensemble interplay in both written and improvised contexts.

Sundays, January 18 and February 1
11:30am – 1:30pm
$60 advance • $75 day of workshop

Jason Levis holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Composition from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Music, Naropa University. He has produced, composed and arranged for, performed in, and released over twodozen records, bridging a multitude of musical styles. He is an active performer on the drum set in both art and popular music settings and has extensive national and international performance experience.

Start: January 18, 2015 11:30 am
End: January 18, 2015 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 17, 2015

Rachel Efron


Rachel Efron SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 8 PM

“Balancing fragility and strength, introspection and unblinking observation, Oakland singer, songwriter, and pianist Rachel Efron sets her lambent, poetically charged lyrics to soft, caressing melodies” says Andrew Gilbert of the SF Chronicle. “Efron’s vocals are genuine, delicate and deeply moving,” says Paul Freeman of the San Jose Mercury News. Efron’s writing is original in a way that not many current singer/songwriters can claim. She has a distinct and striking artistic pop sensibility, derived carefully from her extensive background in both classical and jazz music. She has toured both coasts playing the finest singer/songwriter venues such as Club Passim (Cambridge), Tin Angel (Philadelphia), The Living Room (NYC), Genghis Cohen (LA), and Freight and Salvage (Berkeley), but she is equally comfortable in jazz settings such as Oakland’s Yoshi’s. She is delighted to perform now at the CJC, the place where she expanded her calling to include not just writing/performing, but teaching the art of songwriting. Featuring Rachel Efron on piano and vocals, Aaron Germain on bass and Dan Foltz on drums. rachelefron.com

Start: January 17, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 17, 2015 9:15 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 16, 2015

Eddie Marshall Tribute with Peck Allmond & Friends


Eddie Marshall Tribute • FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 8 PM

The legendary drummer and composer Eddie Marshall led a quintet in the late 80′s and early 90′s that was one of the premier groups on the Bay Area jazz scene, also one of the busiest. Working together in those years the group developed a rapport and sound that fit Eddie’s compositions to a tee. The remaining members of that very special band have come together every year since his passing to pay loving tribute to the wonderful music and spirit of the great Eddie Marshall, this year assisted by the wonderful Vince Lateano in the drum chair. Featuring Peck Allmond trumpet and saxophone, Patrick Wolff on tenor saxophone, Glen Pearson on piano, Jeff Chambers on bass and Vince Lateano on drums.

Start: January 16, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 16, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 11, 2015

Flauti Diversi – Presented by The SF Early Music Society


Frances Feldon SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 4:30 PM

The San Francisco Early Music Society and the California Jazz Conservatory present Flauti Diversi, performing an unusual program entitled “Music in the Garden of Delight: The Kinship of Medieval Dance and Arabic Music.”

The program features lively medieval instrumental dances and tantalizing Arabic tunes and improvisations performed by Frances Feldon on recorders and flute, Gary Haggerty on oud, Sarah Michael on kanun, Roy Whelden on vielle, Peter Maund and Karolyn Stonefelt on percussion.

The program unites two different musical traditions and groups of performers and displays the kinship between medieval instrumental music and Arabic music. The well-known 13th-century Cantigas de Santa Maria El Escorial codex is illuminated with colorful miniature paintings depicting pairs of musicians playing a wide variety of Arabic and Western instruments. By juxtaposing the two traditions in musical performance, it is easy to hear their common musical building blocks, both composed and improvised. You will experience a fascinating musical bridge to another time and place.

Frances Feldon is quite sure she was a troubadour in a former life; in her present existence, she is a conductor, educator, and arranger and performs on early flutes and recorder. She has appeared with American Bach Soloists, California Bach Society, Sonoma Bach, at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and was a recipient of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology recorder residency. She directs baroque/contemporary chamber ensemble Flauti Diversi, and principal conductor of Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra. She teaches privately, at Albany Adult School, has taught at UC Davis and Indiana University, and directed the SFEMS Recorder Workshop for twenty years.Dr Feldon holds a DM in collegium directing from Indiana University’s Early Music Institute. She recently recorded Boismortier’s complete Opus 37 trio sonatas.

Gary Haggerty plays oud, saz, violin, and a range of string instruments from Greece and Turkey. His repertoire and playing styles reach as far as the Arab lands, Iran and India. He has studied with oud master Naseer Shamma and has recorded and performed with Ross Daly. The groups he is affiliated with include Stellamara, an electro-acoustic world music ensemble steeped in the Middle East, Balkans, and beyond; Teslim, a duo with violinist Kaila Flexer performing Greek, Turkish and Sephardic music, as well as original music in these traditions; Janam, an ensemble exploring a wide range of styles from Appalachia ans Asia Minor to Eastern Europe; Eliyahu and rhe Qadim Ensemble playing music of the Near East; and the experimental music based on Persian tradition of vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Hamed Nikpay.

A native of San Francisco, Peter Maund studied percussion at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and music, folklore and ethnomusicology at the UC Berkeley. A founding member of Ensemble Alcatraz and Alasdair Fraser’s Skyedance, he has performed with several ensembles including Anonymous 4, Chanticleer, The Harp Consort, Hesperion XX, Musica Pacifica, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Voices of Music. He is the author of “Percussion” in A Performers Guide to Medieval Music.  He has served on the faculty of UC Berkeley and the Amherst Early Music, SFEMS, ARS and AOSA workshops.  Described by the Glasgow Herald as “the most imaginative of percussionists,” he can be heard on over 60 recordings.

Qanun player Sarah Michael received her Bachelor of Music degree in music history from San Francisco State University in 1976, and her M.A. in Composition from Mills College in Oakland, California in 1994. She performed extensively on the viola da gamba, and composed many chamber works and several orchestral pieces that received local performances. For the last fifteen years she has been playing and studying Middle Eastern music, primarily with the great composer and accordion virtuoso Elias Lammam. She has perfomed with groups including Aswat, Flowers of the Nile, Elias Lammam ensemble, the Mevlevi Mutrib, El Alzifoon, and her own quartet, Zamanna.

Roy Whelden, composer and performer on the viola da gamba, has been called “a key figure in the world of new music” (Early Music America). He has been profiled as a composer and gambist on Minnesota Public Radio.  He has made many recordings including the award winning Shock of the Old, and Galax – music for viola da gamba (New Albion 059) as well as Like a Passing River (New Albion 072). (These are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.) He has performed and recorded with many internationally known ensembles, including Sequentia, American Baroque and Ensemble Alcatraz.

Dr Kay Stonefelt is a Distinguished Professor of Music and Chair of Percussion Studies at The State University of New York at Fredonia. Kay was the recipient of a Fulbright to Ghana. She holds a Doctor of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University. She has performed in Germany, France, and the former USSR with the Stuttgart (Germany) Opera Orchestra, and presented solo percussion concerts in Munich and Konstanz, Germany. Kay was a member of the Baltimore Symphony percussion section and, as a New York City free-lance musician, she performed in over 20 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Kay continues to tour and record in Finland and the US with Fioretto, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of medieval and renaissance music. Their CD, “Une Vie de Femme,” is currently available through CD Baby.

Start: January 11, 2015 4:30 pm
End: January 11, 2015 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 10, 2015

Cava Menzies / Nick Phillips – Moment to Moment


Menzies & Phillips SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 8 PM

The Cava Menzies/Nick Phillips Moment to Moment album has been lauded by DownBeat as “…Timeless…A Stunner” and by the East Bay Express as “The Ballads Album Miles Davis Never Recorded,” while charting in the Top 20 on the Billboard Jazz chart and spending nine consecutive weeks on the Jazz Week national radio chart. Joined by bassist Paul Eastburn and drummer Jaz Sawyer, Menzies and Phillips will perform highlights from their acclaimed Moment to Moment album, as well as new arrangements and compelling original compositions.

About Cava Menzies / Nick Phillips
Ballads reign on Moment To Moment, the extraordinarily self-possessed new album by pianist
Cava Menzies and trumpeter Nick Phillips. But this recording is much more than just a “ballads album.” Many artists have produced albums filled with love songs and torch tunes at slow tempos; they’re designed to pull at the heartstrings, or turn up the nostalgia, or to highlight the introspective phrase making that ballads allow. But very few succeed at also doing what this album accomplishes. It creates a cocoon of space around the listener. It lowers the blood pressure; it slows the heartbeat; it seems to slow time itself. (If it weren’t so supremely musical, you might consider marketing it as a medical device.) On Moment To Moment, Menzies and Phillips locate their music very much in the present – in that space, Menzies explains, “where you have a moment to breathe.” And they transport their listeners to a place where each of those moments really counts. CavaMenziesNickPhillips.com

Start: January 10, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 10, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 9, 2015

Nick Grinder’s New-Old Quintet


Nick Grinder • FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 8 PM

The New-Old Quintet marks the meeting of four musicians who first performed together in the inaugural years of Mark Peabody’s Marin School Of The Arts, in Novato, CA. Jordan Carrington, Jill Ryan, Nick Grinder, and Nick de Ryss have been playing together since their early teens, and have gone on to perform worldwide with musicians such as Peter Apfelbaum, Deltron 3030, Ulysses Owens, Alan and Mark Ferber, Arturo O’Farrill, and many others. The music will be all new, original material written by members of the band. Featuring Nick Grinder on trombone, Jillian Ryan on saxophone, Jordan Carrington on piano, Ben Thomas bass and Nick de Ryss on drums.

About Nick Grinder
Nick Grinder is a Bay-Area born and bred trombonist and composer who is now based in New York City. He released his debut album in 2014 and is an active freelance trombonist in NYC, playing in Broadway shows, jazz clubs, and art spaces. nickgrinder.com

Start: January 9, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 9, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 5, 2015

Steve Heckman Quintet featuring Howard Alden with Matt Clark, Marcus Shelby and Akira Tana


Steve Heckman • MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 8 PM

Following up the critically acclaimed release CD Born to Be Blue, which remained on the Jazz Week Charts for 12 weeks and garnered a spot in the top 20 in national jazz radio airplay, Steve brings back his stellar quintet. The performance will celebrate his 4th CD, Search for Peace (their 2nd release on the Jazzed Media label), which has been on the Jazz Week Charts for 8 of the 9 weeks so far since its release, occupying spots in the top in the top 25 for 6 weeks, and peaking at #12. Steve’s 1st and 2nd CD’s (With John in Mind and Live at Yoshi’s) received international praise, the latter being chosen by the San Francisco Chronicle as 1 of the 10 best albums by a Bay Area jazz musician. Featuring Steve Heckman on tenor saxophone, New York virtuoso Howard Alden on guitar, internationally acclaimed Akira Tana on drums, multi-award winner Marcus Shelby on bass and the superb Matt Clark on keyboard.

Start: January 5, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 5, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 4, 2015

Blues Vocal Jam with Pamela Rose


Pamela Rose SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 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: January 4, 2015 7:00 pm
End: January 4, 2015 9:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

Dick Hindman & Seward McCain


Dick Hindman & Seward McCain SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 4:30 PM

Join these Bay Area jazz treasures for an afternoon of standards and originals. Featuring Dick Hindman on piano and Seward McCain on bass.

This concert has been made possible by a generous gift from Jacquelin and Sheafe Ewing.

Start: January 4, 2015 4:30 pm
End: January 4, 2015 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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