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December 17, 2014 – December 18, 2014

JCMS Student Performances

JCMS Student Performance Series

JCMS Student Performance Series • Dec 8-18, Various Times • FREE

JCMS Adult Program students take the stage for this end-of-quarter performance series. Come hear exciting sets from our many ensemble and vocal courses, including jazz, Brazilian, salsa, R&B and much more.


Monday Dec 8
6:00 – 6:25 PM Beginning Saxophone Bill Aron
6:30 – 6:55 PM From Baroque to Bebop Bill Aron
7:05 – 7:30 PM Vocal Jazz Ensemble Angie Doctor
7:40 – 8:35 PM Contemporary Jazz Singer Laurie Antonioli
8:45 – 9:40 PM Guitar Trio Jeff Massanari
9:45 – 10:10 PM Balkan and Romani (“Gypsy”) Ensemble Rumen Shopov
Tuesday Dec 9
5:00 – 5:25 PM McCain Jazz Ensemble Section I Seward McCain
5:30 – 5:55 PM McCain Jazz Ensemble Section II Seward McCain
6:10 – 6:35 PM Salsa Ensemble I David Belove
6:45 – 7:15 PM Salsa Ensemble II (with Salsa Singing) David Belove & Edgardo Cambon
7:30 – 7:55 PM Brazilian Ensemble Marcos Silva
8:00 – 8:25 PM Brazilian Ensemble Marcos Silva
8:35 – 9:30 PM Musician, Singer, Artist, Storyteller Maye Cavallaro
9:40 – 10:05 PM Afro-Venezuelan Percussion Jackie Rago
Wednesday Dec 10
6:30 – 6:55 PM Post-Bop Ensemble Steve Erquiaga
7:00 – 7:25 PM Miles Davis/Wayne Shorter Ensemble Steve Erquiaga
7:30 – 7:55 PM Brazilian Ensemble Marcos Silva
8:00 – 8:25 PM Brazilian Ensemble Marcos Silva
Thursday Dec 11
5:30 – 5:55 PM Composers and Arrangers Ensemble Jason Levis
6:00 – 6:25 PM Jazz Standards for Gigs Glenn Richman
6:30 – 6:55 PM Music of the Masters Glenn Richman
7:00 – 7:55 PM World Groove – Caribbean Ensemble Jennifer Jolly
8:00 – 8:25 PM Brazilian Ensemble Marcos Silva
8:30 – 9:25 PM Jazz Vocal Essentials for Performance Ellen Johnson
9:30 – 10:25 PM Jamming Jazz Singers Ellen Johnson
Saturday Dec 13
11:30 – 11:55 AM Latin Percussion Omar Ledezma
12:00 – 12:25 PM Jazz Standards for Gigs II Glenn Richman
12:30 – 12:55 PM Jazz Standards for Gigs III Glenn Richman
1:00 – 1:25 PM Jazz Standards for Gigs IV Glenn Richman
1:30 – 2:25 PM Blues and Groove Ensemble Danny Caron & Anthony Paule
2:30 – 2:55 PM Beginning Jazz Ensemble Rob Ewing
3:00 – 3:55 PM For the Love of Singing Faith Winthrop
Monday Dec 15
5:00 – 5:40 PM Piano Trio IV Debbie Poryes
5:45 – 6:10 PM 21st Century Singer Amanda Addleman
6:15 – 7:45 PM Piano Trio I – III Peter Horvath
8:00 – 8:25 PM Brazilian Ensemble Marcos Silva
8:30 – 8:55 PM Brazilian Ensemble Marcos Silva
9:00 – 9:55 PM Art of the Duo Mimi Fox
Wednesday Dec 17
4 – 5:25 PM Pop and R&B Vocal for Teens Kyra Gordon
5:30 – 5:55 PM Jazz Ensemble Dave Scott
6:00 – 6:55 PM For Starters Pamela Rose
7:00 – 7:55 PM Blues Vocal Funshop I Pamela Rose
8:00 – 8:55 PM Blues Vocal Funshop II: Music of Ray Charles Pamela Rose
9:00 – 9:55 PM R&B Vocals Raz Kennedy
Thursday Dec 18
6:00 – 6:55 PM Bossa Nova for Jazz Singers Sandy Cressman
7:10 – 7:35 PM Party Dance Band Rich Armstrong
7:45 – 8:30 PM Chick Corea Ensemble Frank Martin
8:35 – 9:00 PM Hard Bop Ensemble Dave LeFebvre
9:15 – 10:15 PM Big Band Dave LeFebvre
Start: December 17, 2014
End: December 18, 2014
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

December 19, 2014

CJC Senior Projects


California Jazz Conservatory students Nick de Ryss, Tristan Norton and Kevin Coleman present their final projects.



Start: December 19, 2014 7:00 pm
End: December 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

December 21, 2014



TrumpetSuperGroup SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 4:30 PM

The Bay Area’s most accomplished trumpet players team up to celebrate the holidays. Featuring Dave Scott, Erik Jekabson, Mike Olmos, Mario Guarneri, Doug Morton, Mark Inouye. With Dan Zemelman on piano, Daniel Fabricant on bass and Surya Prakasha on drums.


Start: December 21, 2014 4:30 pm
End: December 21, 2014 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 2, 2015

Chase Jackson Quintet


chase jackson FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 8 PM

The Chase Jackson Quintet is comprised of four innovative young Bay Area musicians. With an emphasis on original music and unique arrangements, this group continues and expands on the tradition of modern acoustic jazz. Featuring Chase Jackson on vibraphone, Ian McArdle on piano, Giulio Cetto on bass an dMichael Quigg on drums.

Chase has performed at the Monterey, Kuriskiki, and Montreux Jazz Festivals and was a member of the band that won a DownBeat award for best high-school jazz ensemble. In addition to performances at many acclaimed venues within the United States, in January of 2013, Jackson led a month-long tour to China with his original quintet, CJQ. Chase has performed with a number of masters including Joshua Redman, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jevaughn Jackson, Steve Turre, Calvin Keys, Justin Faulkner, Leo Blanco, Jamey Haddad, Rufus Reid, Chris Thile and Gary Bartz. Jackson studied jazz composition and performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Robin Eubanks, Jay Ashby, Paul Samules, Dan Wall, Billy Hart, Jamey Haddad, Wendell Logan and many others. Chase also has a degree in Political Science from The Oberlin College Of Arts and Sciences.

Start: January 2, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 2, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 3, 2015

Jua – Back to the Bay Colors of Life Release Tour



Vocalist Jua returns to the Bay Area to celebrate the release of his new album Colors of Life. Join for an evening of original music from Colors of Life and other jazz classics. Featuring Matt Clark on piano, Andrew Emer on bass, Alan Hall on drums and special guest Kasey Knudsen on saxophone.

“Jua is what, I feel, all jazz and improvisational artists aspire to be – ORIGINAL. He has amazing command of his voice, a unique and creative way of presenting his voice, and he is always striving to be better. Jua’s tone, sense of time and rhythm, and musicianship are all impeccable. A true artist.” – Terrence Brewer, multi-award winning guitarist

About Jua
Seven years ago, Jua Howard was making something of a name for himself in neo-soul circles, crooning in velvety tenor tones reminiscent of Luther Vandross and Donny Hathaway in clubs from New York City to London. Anticipation, his 2007 self-released debut CD of mostly original ballads, was picking up play on smooth-jazz and R&B stations. Yet Jua was having second thoughts about his musical direction. “I got tired of what I was doing,” the singer says. “With the neo-soul scene, everything started sounding the same.” Jua spent the next five years in Washington, DC, where he was a background vocalist with the Blackbyrds, the band best-known for such 1970s hits as “Walking in Rhythm” and “Happy Music.” “Jazz was clearly a big part of their foundation,” he says of the Blackbyrds. “Singing with them made me think about pursuing jazz as a career.” During the summer of 2009, Jua moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and enrolled at Berkeley’s Jazzschool Institute, now known as the California Jazz Conservatory. During his year there he became the first recipient of the school’s Mark Murphy Vocal Jazz Scholarship, named for veteran poll-winning singer Murphy. He also studied privately with vocal coach Raz Kennedy, formerly of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra. Jua now emerges as a unique and highly emotive jazz vocal stylist with a remarkable sophomore 10-song CD Colors of Life recently released in June 2014. “Colors of Life is a rebirth of me as an artist,” he says. “I’m putting myself out there like, ‘This is who I am, and this is what’s in store.’ I’m making the statement of, ‘I’m here. This is what I’m supposed to do. This is my destiny.’”

Start: January 3, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 3, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 4, 2015

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

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

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 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 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
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