Jazzschool Events

November 23, 2014

The Directors!


The Directors! SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 4:30 PM

The Jazzschool Board of Directors takes the stage for this second annual fall concert!

Start: November 23, 2014 4:30 pm
End: November 23, 2014 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States



Jeff Massanari SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2 PM

This class teaches a simple yet effective way of using arpeggios as a base for playing through chord changes. Students learn fingerings and practice applying them to songs. By using different approach patterns, students can greatly improve their ability to create jazz lines over chord progressions.

Start: November 23, 2014 2:00 pm
End: November 23, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

with Larry Vuckovich


Larry Vuckovich• SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, Noon

For both musicians and fans, renowned pianist Larry Vuckovich offers a unique workshop highlighting the history of jazz piano. As in the past workshops, he will feature recordings of the masters and also demonstrate on piano their signature styles. The previous workshop presented the New Orleans sounds of Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, moving up through swing era piano styles and on through the bebop era innovations, hard bop, post bop and contemporary piano styles. The new workshop on Sunday, November 23 features the Unsung Heroes of Jazz Piano – lesser know but true jazz masters who have made an impact on the history of this music. They are: Herman Chittison, Billy Kyle, Johnny Guarnieri, Al Haig, Wade Legge, Gil Coggins, Herbie Nichols, Elmo Hope, Hampton Hawes, Carl Perkins, Lou Levy, Victor Feldman, Terry Pollard, Shirley Scott, Horace Parlan, Duke Pearson, Albert Dailey, and Sir Roland Hanna.

As a special feature Larry will focus on the importance of pianist Horace Parlan, who made a remarkable achievement under most difficult circumstances, surviving paralysis as a child. Horace, highly regarded by the jazz greats, became a most successful, soulful jazz pianist and recording artist. Another feature of today’s program will be women in jazz, highlighting perhaps the most swinging female bebop pianist, Terry Pollard. (Larry will also have a CD sample of her playing). A great Detroit scene pianist, Terry Pollard was also an excellent vibraphonist. When Larry recently mentioned her to Barry Harris, another Detroit great, Barry’s comment was “She was the one!” Another pianist/organist of note is Shirley Scott.

Larry Vuckovich gained first-hand knowledge from performances or recordings with many of the jazz greats including Dexter Gordon, Charles McPherson, Charlie Haden, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. Larry has been associated with several piano icons, such as Bud Powell, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and as the only student of Vince Guaraldi.


Start: November 23, 2014 12:00 pm
End: November 23, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States



Linda Tillery SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER 9, 16 & 23, 11 AM

Join Linda Tillery in a unique opportunity to learn, sing and feel the music that developed through the songs and rhythms of the African Diaspora. Participants learn African- American Spirituals, Field Hollers, Work Songs, Children’s Play Songs, Ring Shouts, Gospel and music from the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina. Series includes singing, hand clapping, stick pounding and some traditional dance. Video and audio recordings are also presented to stimulate in-depth discussions. There will be a lot of singing and the more people that attend, the more powerful the experience will be. Open to all levels.

November 9, 16 and 23
11am – 1pm
$150 advance • $165 day of workshop

Please note: Day 1 of this workshop has been changed from Nov 2. The first class meeting will take place on Sunday November 9.

Linda Tillery is a 47-year veteran vocalist, percussionist, Grammy-nominated producer, cultural historian and the founder and artistic director of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. She has conducted workshops with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, the MIT Concert Choir, Spelman College Concert Choir, Xarxa Gospel Choir (Barcelona), Muse Choir of Cincinnati and the Oakland Youth Chorus. She has taught classes at Stanford University, Williams College, Pacific School of Religion and the California Institute for Integral Studies. As a vocalist and percussionist, she has performed on over 75 recordings and has produced 15+ recordings.


Start: November 23, 2014 11:00 am
End: November 23, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

November 22, 2014

Robin Huntington – A Heart full of Song

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Robin Huntington SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 8 PM

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 David Rokeach 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.

Start: November 22, 2014 8:00 pm
End: November 22, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States



The Versatility of the Modern DrummerSATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 3:15 PM

It is not only the jazz musician’s job to preserve history, but also to reflect the music of the contemporary era. In this workshop drummer Kevin Coleman will demonstrate how to incorporate the genres of breakbeat-correlated music (hip hop, drum and bass, jungle, etc.) to modern jazz. Topics include: Examining the history of sampling and where the breakbeats come from as well as learning drum machine patterns and famous drum loops used for hip-hop and electronic dance music. The instructor will demonstrate the different genres individually and then incorporate all of them while improvising with other musicians as well as drawing upon these different styles when performing a drum solo.

Kevin Coleman is a senior at the California Jazz Conservatory.

This workshop is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.

Start: November 22, 2014 3:15 pm
End: November 22, 2014 5:15 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States



Jamie Baum SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 3:15 PM

This workshop is specifically for the classically trained musician — designed to demystify the fear as well as the notion that one must be born with the talent to improvise and “play by ear.” This workshop offers accessible techniques and concepts that can be applied not only to jazz but also to any style of music and for any instrument.

Jamie Baum has impressed audiences, musicians and critics alike with her inventive, finely crafted compositions and commanding and atypical approach to the flute as a lead instrument. Originally from Connecticut, Baum has been living in New York for seventeen years working as a leader or sidewomen with a wide range of consummate musicians including Randy Brecker, Paul Motian, John Abercrombie, Mick Goodrick, George Russell, Donald Brown, Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Mickey Roker, Uri Caine, Ursel Schlicht, Leni Stern, Wadada Leo Smith, V. M. Bhatt, Karaikudi Mani, Hakim Ludin, etc., in a wide range of styles. Though focusing primarily on jazz, she has been involved in projects performing classical and new music to Brazilian, Indian and Latin music offering her ample opportunity to develop a strong personal style.

This workshop made possible in part by generous support from Altus flutes.

Start: November 22, 2014 3:15 am
End: November 22, 2014 5:15 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

November 21, 2014

VNote Ensemble: CD Release Celebration


VNote Ensemble • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 8 PM

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

Start: November 21, 2014 8:00 pm
End: November 21, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

November 16, 2014

Prima Volta Saxophone Quartet


Prima Volta Saxophone Quartet SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 4:30 PM

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.

Start: November 16, 2014 4:30 pm
End: November 16, 2014 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States



Anton Schwartz SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2:15 PM

A deep look at suspended dominant chords, this workshop discusses how they operate by listening to examples of their use. Topics include: traditional versus modern use, sus-flat-9, sus-add-3, relation to II-V-I progressions, techniques for improvisation. Prerequisite: basic music theory.

Start: November 16, 2014 2:15 pm
End: November 16, 2014 4:15 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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