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California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

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August 3, 2014


Kanoa Mendenhall SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 4:30 PM

The California Jazz Conservatory is proud to support new and emerging talent. Enjoy an evening of musical selections with these talented Rising Stars. Featuring Arabelle Schoenberg on piano and Kanoa Mendenhall on bass. More details coming soon!

The 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi.

Start: August 3, 2014 4:30 pm
End: August 3, 2014 6:30 pm


Pamela Rose SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 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: August 3, 2014 7:00 pm
End: August 3, 2014 9:00 pm

August 9, 2014


Jonah Levine SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 8 PM

Trombonist, composer and pianist Jonah Levine brings his Los Angeles band to his hometown for his debut show as a UCLA graduate. Featuring Jonah Levine on trombone, Emile Martinez on trumpet, Josh Johnson on alto sax, Owen Clapp on Bass, Julian Le on piano, and Jonathan Pinson on drums.

Short Bio
Jonah Levine is a trombonist, pianist, composer and arranger from Berkeley, CA currently residing in Los Angeles. He has performed at leading jazz festivals around the world including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, as well as venues throughout France, Italy, Mexico, and South America. He has worked with Leonard Cohen, The Game, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Leslie, Rudimental UK, George Watsky, Dumbfoundead, and Shafiq Husayn among many others. Known as “Funky Lips,” Levine has versatile style that allows him to work in various types of situations such as big bands, world fusion groups, hip hop, pop producers and more. Levine has a passion for teaching, performing, and composing music and plans to continue doing all three after he graduates UCLA with a B.A. in ethnomusicology in June of 2014.

The 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi.

Start: August 9, 2014 8:00 pm
End: August 9, 2014 10:00 pm

August 22, 2014


Jenelle Roccaforte • FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 8 PM

Rising star jazz guitarist Jenelle Roccaforte performs a night of sensational music with one of the Bay Area’s finest groups, The Hogan Bros. Modern jazz, funky grooves and odd meters are just some of the styles you will experience in this show. It will be an evening of original music and arrangements that pay homage to Jenelle’s influences including Stevie Wonder, Pat Metheny and John Scofield. Featuring Jenelle Roccaforte on guitar, Colin Hogan on keyboard and melodica, Steve Hogan on electric bass and Julian Hogan on drums.

Start: August 22, 2014 8:00 pm
End: August 22, 2014 10:00 pm

August 23, 2014


Jazz Repertoire Ensemble SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 8 PM

Enjoy a night of original jazz compositions and fresh arrangements. Featuring Chris Sullivan on alto saxophone, Madison Bohrer on saxophone, Luis Salcedo on guitar, Casey Mattson on piano, Colin McCuen on bass and Dillon Vado on drums and vibraphone.

The 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi.

Start: August 23, 2014 8:00 pm
End: August 23, 2014 10:00 pm

August 24, 2014


Eli Goldlink SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 4:30 PM

The annual performance of Eli Goldlink’s Flavor of the Month Club Band is upon us again! Showcasing all original music (some old and some new and some spoken word too) with special guests and surprises a-plenty. Free gift for the first 50 guests. Featuring Eli Goldlink on keyboard, Bil Hager on bass, Adriana Marerro on vocals, Loe Nudell-Lee on vocals and Tony Owen on guitar.

Start: August 24, 2014 4:30 pm
End: August 24, 2014 6:30 pm

August 29, 2014


Dillon Vado • FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 8 PM

Come enjoy a night of original and improvised music, featuring a lesser explored instrumentation, the Vibes trio! Featuring Dillon Vado on vibraphone, Jeff Denson on bass and Alan Hall on rums.

Dillon Vado is a young jazz musician who lives and plays around the SF Bay Area. He recently won first place in Living Jazz’s, Jazz Search West competition and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree from the California Jazz Conservatory.

Start: August 29, 2014 8:00 pm
End: August 29, 2014 10:00 pm

August 30, 2014


Alejandra Carasco-Zanini SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 8 PM

Mike Sweetland Quartet
Bassist and composer Mike Sweetland presents a unique combination of funk, Brazilian and American jazz. Debuting material from Sweetland’s second release, Real Life Reel Time, alongside works by Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie and Hermeto Pascoal. Also featuring Ruthie Dineen on piano, Lu Salcedo on guitar, and Dillon Vado on drums.

Sulu y Sus Rebeldes
This group of CJC rising stars draws from many rich traditions including Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Latin music. Featuring  Alejandra Carasco-Zanini on vocals and percussion, Sue Jewell on piano and vocals,  Lu Salcedo on guitar, Mike Sweetland on bass and Kevin Coleman on drums.

The 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi.


Start: August 30, 2014 8:00 pm
End: August 30, 2014 10:00 pm

August 31, 2014


Susana Pineda & Sue Jewell SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 4:30 PM

Susana Pineda
From the tropics of Colombia, the beaches of Brazil, and the streets of San Francisco comes a musical voyage around the Americas! Susana Pineda Correa, a native of Medellín, Colombia, brings a taste of her experiences as a musician with the help of her talented band. Brace yourself for a show of genres galore!

Sue Jewell
Enjoy the afternoon with pianist Sue Jewell as she performs a delightful combination of jazz standards and original compositions and arrangements.

The 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi.


Start: August 31, 2014 4:30 pm
End: August 31, 2014 6:30 pm

September 5, 2014


Harvey Wainapel • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 8 PM

Since 2000 saxophonist and clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has been spending 2-4 months per year in Brazil. The fruit of his travels, research and encounters can be found on his newest release, the long-awaited follow-up to Amigos Brasilerios. While respecting tradition, some of Brazil’s greatest composers show how Brazilian folkloric tradition is always evolving. Harvey’s group includes two very special Brazilian guests, pianist Vitor Gonçalves and percussionist Cleber Almeida. Harvey will also be joined by Jeff Buenz on guitar and Scott Thompson.

Wainapel besides his extensive jazz background, has been deeply involved in the music of Brazil for many years. He has toured with Airto Moreira/Flora Purim, Jovino Santos Neto, and performed and recorded with many of Brazil’s other greats including Guinga, Nelson Ayres, Filó Machado and Marcio Bahia. Rio de Janeiro’s O Globo newspaper reviewing a concert in duo with guitar virtuoso Paulo Bellinati said “Wainapel displayed incredible intimacy with the language of Brazilian music and great stage presence.” Brazilian icon Ivan Lins says, “Harvey understands Brazilian music in a way that’s very unusual; he’s got the spirit, he’s a great musician!”

Start: September 5, 2014 8:00 pm
End: September 5, 2014 10:00 pm

September 6, 2014



Joe Bagale manifests a lesson in versatility and growing perspective. A polished multi-instrumentalist bridging multiple styles and sentiments, his sound is fresh but tangibly rooted in nostalgia. His contribution to Pop music hinges on his remarkable accessibility, and is a key component in his long term success as a teacher. Not only a master of his tools, Bagale also delivers an undeniable dose of genuine soul. It’s in this delicate, critical balance of proportions that Joe renders his music memorable.

Start: September 6, 2014 8:00 pm
End: September 6, 2014 10:00 pm

September 12, 2014


Debbie Poryes • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 8 PM

The sophistication and warm emotional power of Debbie Poryes’s music is hard to overstate.  Her highly original compositions are influenced by jazz from bebop to post-bop to modern times, as well as by 20th-century classical music and free jazz.  Her voicings, melodies and touch are exquisite.  Her sense of time and swing are deeply felt, and yet she can also be light hearted. Featuring Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophones, Erik Jekabson on trumpet and flugelhorn, Peter Barshay on bass and Deszon Claiborne on drums.

“Poryes is an inventive pianist, taking familiar standards and setting them slightly askew to re-examine them.  Poryes’ originals are varied in their moods and effects, serene… powerful… admirable.”  – Cadence Magazine

Start: September 12, 2014 8:00 pm
End: September 12, 2014 10:00 pm

September 14, 2014


SF Early Music Society SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 4:30 PM

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. Check back soon for specific concert details.



Start: September 14, 2014 4:30 pm
End: September 14, 2014 6:30 pm

September 19, 2014

Dick Hindman Trio

Dick Hindman & Seward McCain • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 8 PM

Join these Bay Area jazz treasures for an afternoon of standards and originals in the classic jazz piano trio format. 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: September 19, 2014 8:00 pm
End: September 19, 2014 10:00 pm

September 20, 2014



Trumpeter and composer Ian Carey has been performing with his adventurous quintet for over ten years, and has released three acclaimed albums including last year’s Roads & Codes, which featured an expanded “+1″ format (and was included in Down Beat’s “Best of 2013″ issue). For this performance, the group will be premiering Carey’s “Interview Music: A Suite for Quintet+1,” made possible by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Musical Grant Program, as well as music from the group’s albums, including original compositions and arrangements of music by Charles Ives and Neil Young. Featuring Carey on trumpet, Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophone, Sheldon Brown on bass clarinet, Fred Randolph on bass, Adam Shulman on piano, and Jon Arkin on drums.

Start: September 20, 2014 8:00 pm
End: September 20, 2014 10:00 pm

September 21, 2014


Sara Gazarek SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 4:30 PM

Hailed by the LA Times as “the next important jazz singer,” Sara is steeped in the jazz tradition but not afraid to embrace the music that moves her generation. The evening will include songs from her newest acclaimed CD, Blossom & Bee, an undeniable nod to the spirit of Blossom Dearie.

“Gazarek balances fancy free notions, effervescence, carefree whims, fragile emotions, precocious pondering and humor in her work, making this a highly attractive outing as a whole.”
– Dan Bilawsky, All AboutJazz

Start: September 21, 2014 4:30 pm
End: September 21, 2014 6:30 pm

September 26, 2014


John Santos FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 8 PM

A percussion feast featuring living legend and pioneer of Cuban drumming, Walfredo de los Reyes Sr., John Santos, David Flores, and Javier Navarrette.

Start: September 26, 2014 8:00 pm
End: September 26, 2014 10:00 pm

November 15, 2014


Sherie Julianne SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 8 PM

Vocalist Sherie Julianne celebrates the release of her debute CD 10 Degrees South. Featuring Marcos Silva on piano, Scott Thompson on bass, Phil Thompson on drums and Zach Pitt-Smith on flute and saxophone.

Start: November 15, 2014 8:00 pm
End: November 15, 2014 10:00 pm