Upcoming Events

November 23, 2014



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

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



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

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

Vocal Jam Session


Angharad Jones SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 7 PM

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.



Start: November 23, 2014 7:15 pm
End: November 23, 2014 9:15 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

December 1, 2014

Studio Band with Rory Snyder’s Night Band at the Freight & Salvage


Studio Band • MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 8 PM

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.

Start: December 1, 2014 8:00 pm
End: December 1, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: Freight & Salvage
Phone: 510-644-2020
2020 Addison St, Berkeley, 94704, United States

December 5, 2014

California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances


The California Jazz Conservatory (CJC) presents end-of-semester performances by a variety of student ensembles.

Friday December 5

6:30pm – Piano Trio, directed by Frank Martin
7:30pm – Horn Trio, directed by Dann Zinn
8:30pm – Brazilian Trio, directed by Marcos Silva


Start: December 5, 2014 6:30 pm
End: December 5, 2014 9:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Performance at The Sound Room

young musicians performances


JYMP ensembles take the stage at The Sound Room for their end-of-quarter performance series.

Friday Dec 5 At the Sound Room
7:00- 7:40 PM High School Ensemble (Mon. 6:30pm) Bagale
7:45-8:30 PM High School Funk Ensemble (Sat. 10am) Hogan

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.


Start: December 5, 2014 7:00 pm
End: December 5, 2014 8:30 pm
Venue: The Sound Room
Phone: 510-496-4180
2147 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94612, United States

December 6, 2014

Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Performances

young musicians performances


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


Start: December 6, 2014 5:30 pm
End: December 6, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

December 7, 2014



Paul Mehling SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 11:30 AM

Returning with his popular workshop for musicians and singers of all levels, Mehling demonstrates a range of practice techniques making creative use of the metronome. Improve your productivity and increase your musicianship! Open to all.

Guitarist Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco.


Start: December 7, 2014 11:30 am
End: December 7, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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