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

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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

September 27, 2014



Critically acclaimed Cuban pianist, award-winning composer, and a solid producer and educator, not only on the New York City scene, but internationally as well.  Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, this classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba, considers himself “a curious person who loves music”, and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions.

Start: September 27, 2014 8:00 pm
End: September 27, 2014 10:00 pm

October 3, 2014


Electreo • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 8 PM

A trio with numerous credits in the worlds of jazz, fusion and classical, Electreo presents a contemporary interpretation of a myriad of jazz styles. Electreo’s sound is richer and more robust than one might expect from a trio. A unique combination of electric bassoon with bass and drums, the instrumentation lends itself to music that is both open and full, harmonically developed, and rhythmically engaging. Featuring Jeff Denson on bass, Paul Hanson on bassoon,and Alan Hall on drums.

Start: October 3, 2014 8:00 pm
End: October 3, 2014 10:00 pm

October 4, 2014



With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ is building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories. RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys and Doug Lee on bass plus the Bay Area’s best up-and-coming musicians. The group focuses on writing and playing original compositions, with ample room for improvisation. While maintaining an aesthetic that stems from jazz, the group experiments with odd meters, timbre, form, and melodic ideas. The exploratory nature of the group is always rooted in the essence of the composed or arranged pieces. Join RDL+ as they celebrate the release of Mas P’alla Va, which literally means “to the other side we go.” For Dineen and Lee it translates to living here, now, playing with open minds and hearts, and sharing music in a fully intentional yet free way.

Start: October 4, 2014 8:00 pm
End: October 4, 2014 10:00 pm

October 5, 2014


Art Lande & Peter SommerSUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 4:30 PM

Pianist Art Lande and saxophonist Peter Sommer make for a powerful duo, presenting a set of original compositions, special arrangements of standards, and open improvisations in a language that is both unique and dynamic. Their album Sioux County has been rapturously received worldwide. Sommer’s strong sound, prodigious technique and lyrical sense combine with Lande’s unpredictable accents and color shifts to make a music somehow familiar and freshly original at the same time.

Start: October 5, 2014 4:30 pm
End: October 5, 2014 6:30 pm


Pamela Rose SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 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: October 5, 2014 7:00 pm
End: October 5, 2014 9:00 pm

October 10, 2014


Ellen Johnson • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 8 PM

Celebrating the release of her highly anticipated book Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan, Ellen Johnson performs in dedication to her musical mentors. Johnson will present selections from her soon-to-be-released album Form & Formless, along with free improvisations that are the centerpiece of the project. Featuring Jason Martineau on piano, Peter Barshay on bass, and Bryan Bowman on drums. A limited number of signed copies of the book Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan will be available at the concert.

“While other singers are rehashing the great American songbook, Johnson is putting it through the meat grinder and creating a whole new menu.” – George Harris, All About Jazz

Start: October 10, 2014 8:00 pm
End: October 10, 2014 10:00 pm

October 11, 2014


The Broun Fellinis SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 8 PM

Formed 1991 in San Francisco, The Broun Fellinis play a soulful and aggressive style of post modern improvised/composed jazzical sound that is informed by dub, Afrobeat, abstract funk, hardcore/psych/prog rock and film soundtracks (the darker and more atmospheric the better). Featuring Kevin Carnes on drums and sampler (Beatnigs, UAF), David Boyce on tenor and soprano saxophone, efx, synth, and spoken word, and Kirk Peterson on electric bass.

The group has been profiled on NPR and BET in the US and on Radio Nova in France. They’ve traveled to Spain to perform at the San Sebastian International Jazz Festival and to British Columbia for the du Maurier festival. Other festival appearances include the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Stern Grove Festival in SF, the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle and more. Broun Fellinis have toured with Ben Harper and performed with many greats such as The Last Poets, Meshell Ndegeocello, Living Colour, Erykah Badu, the Roots, Mos Def, Gil Scott-Heron, Zakir Hussain, Bernie Worrell, Eric McFadden, George Clinton, Mystic Journeymen, Jimmy Smith, Prince Lasha, Les Claypool, Buckethead, Aceyalone, Mikah 9, Antibalas, Blackalicious, General Public, Ravi Coltrane, Eric McFadden, 311 and more.

Start: October 11, 2014 8:00 pm
End: October 11, 2014 10:00 pm

October 12, 2014


Musica Pacifica SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 4:30 PM

Musica Pacifica will present a program emphasizing the improvisatory aspects of Baroque chamber music. The program will consist of concertos and trios by Handel and Vivaldi, where High Baroque techniques of improvised melodic ornamentation will be highlighted. Demonstrations of typical 16th-century ground bass and variation patterns and how they were used to build more substantial compositions — by improvising on them and then by playing works of masters such as Merula, Uccelini, and Rossi who used these patterns in their own works — will also be reviewed. Throughout the program, there will be discussion on the art of basso continuo improvisation and how it developed during the Baroque period.  Musica Pacifica will perform their own arrangements of English Country Dance, in which they take traditional folk tunes and improvise melodic lines and harmonies.

Start: October 12, 2014 4:30 pm
End: October 12, 2014 6:30 pm

October 17, 2014


Andrea Claburn • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 8 PM

A giant of 20th century vocal jazz, Betty Carter’s career spanned five decades and influenced countless jazz musicians. From her early days with Lionel Hampton to her preeminence as a bebop improviser to her wildly original compositions, Betty Carter was a totally unique artist, legendary bandleader, and musical innovator. Vocalist Andrea Claburn will celebrate Betty’s legacy in a performance of Carter’s original compositions, as well as some of her iconic arrangements of standards. Andrea will be joined by a world-class trio featuring Matt Clark on piano, Sam Bevan on bass and Alan Hall on drums, in what promises to be an electrifying evening of improvised music.

“There’s really only one jazz singer – only one: Betty Carter.” – Carmen McRae

“Andrea comes to this concert with an arsenal of incredible arrangements and transcriptions from one of our great American jazz singers. Few have ventured into this territory, so I applaud her courage and skill set. It will, without question, be a very dynamic show.” – Laurie Antonioli, Chair, Vocal Program, California Jazz Conservatory


Start: October 17, 2014 8:00 pm
End: October 17, 2014 10:00 pm

October 18, 2014


Klaxon Mutant Allstars SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 8 PM

The Klaxon Mutant Allstars are a fellowship of San Francisco Bay Area jazz musicians whose music lives between the worlds of jazz, electronica, indie rock and hip-hop. This year they are celebrating the release of their debut album, Robot Invasion. Their music is the product of a new generation of eclectic-minded jazz musicians living in the Bay Area’s technology-obsessed, genre-twisting, multi-cultural mix. With inspiration drawn from 1980s hip hop, to underdog baseball heroes, to the writings of David Sedaris, California politics, to covering indie rock bands like Deerhoof, the Klaxons have created an album that, like the Bay Area, is multi-pronged in its influences, vital in its relevance, and boldly points to the future. Featuring Henry Hung on trumpet, keys and efx, Eric Garland on drums, Colin Hogan on keyboards, Kasey Knudsen on saxophone and efx, Sam Bevan on bass.

Start: October 18, 2014 8:00 pm
End: October 18, 2014 10:00 pm

October 19, 2014


Joshua White & Jeff Denson SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 7 PM*

After more than a decade as a co-leader of the internationally acclaimed trio Minsarah, Jeff Denson is forging into new territory with his new trio, featuring Joshua White on piano. Connecting powerfully when they first met in 2005, Jeff and Joshua have been performing together in a variety of settings ever since, often in a duo setting focusing heavily upon hymns and spirituals. Their recent duo recording ˆ – featuring unique interpretations of this music – was released on pfMENTUM Records in April. Deciding to expand into a trio, Jeff added drummer Jon Arkin whose dynamic, polyrhythmic technique provides the ideal complement to complete the synergy needed to best convey Jeff’s musical vision.

*Please note concert time has changes from 4:30pm to 7pm

Start: October 19, 2014 7:30 pm
End: October 19, 2014 9:00 pm

October 25, 2014


Jeff Chambers SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 8 PM

Bassist Jeff Chambers has the facility to play both acoustic and electric bass in a variety of idioms including bebop, funk, Latin, blues, Reggae and fusion. He has toured the world, played and recorded with some of the top names in jazz including Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Al Jarreau, Les McCann, Jeffery Osbourn, Freddie Hubbard, Buddy Montgomery, Marlena Shaw, Ahmad Jamal, and Eddie Harris just to name a few.

Start: October 25, 2014 8:00 pm
End: October 25, 2014 10:00 pm

October 26, 2014


Audrey Martin SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 4:30 PM

Berkeley jazz singer Audrey Martin knows all about the power of a song to provide hope and spiritual sustenance in dark times. A rapidly emerging talent, she reveals a lifetime of hard-won wisdom with her captivating debut Living Room. Possessing impeccable taste and a gloriously warm and clear voice, Martin has cultivated a highly personal repertoire encompassing American Songbook gems and singer/songwriter treasures from Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and Abbey Lincoln. Featuring bassist John Shifflett, drummer Jason Lewis, saxophonist/flutist Mary Fettig and pianist/arranger Larry Dunlap, whose credits include Ernestine Anderson, Joe Williams, and Cleo Lane.

“Martin says a lot in subtle ways. Her delivery is gentle and emotive, measured and meaningful, and wholly connected to the spirit of each song.”—


Start: October 26, 2014 4:30 pm
End: October 26, 2014 6:30 pm

October 31, 2014


Susan Muscarella • FRIDAY,  OCTOBER 31, 8 PM

The annual Halloween concert is back, led by pianist Susan Muscarella and featuring Robb Fisher on bass, drummer TBA. Come for tricks AND treats!

Start: October 31, 2014 8:00 pm
End: October 31, 2014 10:00 pm

November 15, 2014


Sherie Julianne SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 8 PM

Celebrating the CD Release of 10 Degrees South
10 Degrees South paints a vibrant musical landscape depicting the passion and beauty of Brazilian music and contemporary jazz. Silva’s sophisticated arrangements intersect with Sherie Julianne’s rich, warm voice and captivating sense of rhythm. The evening will feature original arrangements by Grammy-nominated pianist Marcos Silva that will include compositions by Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi, Tom Jobim, Chico Pinheiro, Joao Donato and Marcos Silva. Joining Sherie will be Marcos Silva on piano, Scott Thompson on bass, Phil Thompson on drums and Zach Pitt-Smith on flute and saxophone.

Learn more about Sherie at, by visiting her Facebook page or check out her recent interview with Chip Boaz on Latin Jazz Corner.

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