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2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

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January 2, 2015

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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

January 3, 2015

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Jua SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 8 PM

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

January 4, 2015

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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

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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

January 9, 2015

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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

January 10, 2015

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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

January 11, 2015

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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

January 16, 2015

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Eddie Marshall Tribute • FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 8 PM

The legendary drummer and composer Eddie Marshall led a quintet in the late 80′s and early 90′s that was one of the premier groups on the Bay Area jazz scene, also one of the busiest. Working together in those years the group developed a rapport and sound that fit Eddie’s compositions to a tee. The remaining members of that very special band have come together every year since his passing to pay loving tribute to the wonderful music and spirit of the great Eddie Marshall, this year assisted by the wonderful Vince Lateano in the drum chair. Featuring Peck Allmond trumpet and saxophone, Patrick Wolff on tenor saxophone, Glen Pearson on piano, Jeff Chambers on bass and Vince Lateano on drums.

Start: January 16, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 16, 2015 10:00 pm

January 17, 2015

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Rachel Efron SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 8 PM

“Balancing fragility and strength, introspection and unblinking observation, Oakland singer, songwriter, and pianist Rachel Efron sets her lambent, poetically charged lyrics to soft, caressing melodies” says Andrew Gilbert of the SF Chronicle. “Efron’s vocals are genuine, delicate and deeply moving,” says Paul Freeman of the San Jose Mercury News. Efron’s writing is original in a way that not many current singer/songwriters can claim. She has a distinct and striking artistic pop sensibility, derived carefully from her extensive background in both classical and jazz music. She has toured both coasts playing the finest singer/songwriter venues such as Club Passim (Cambridge), Tin Angel (Philadelphia), The Living Room (NYC), Genghis Cohen (LA), and Freight and Salvage (Berkeley), but she is equally comfortable in jazz settings such as Oakland’s Yoshi’s. She is delighted to perform now at the CJC, the place where she expanded her calling to include not just writing/performing, but teaching the art of songwriting. Featuring Rachel Efron on piano and vocals, Aaron Germain on bass and Dan Foltz on drums. rachelefron.com

Start: January 17, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 17, 2015 10:00 pm

January 18, 2015

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Jason Levis SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18 & FEBRUARY 1, 11:30 AM*

This two-part lecture series focuses on strategies to expand your approach to jazz composition and improvisation by utilizing techniques from 21st Century classical composition, including orchestration techniques of the French spectralists, heterophonic practices of the post-war avant-garde, layering principles in new complexity, and extended techniques in musique concrète instrumentale.

PART ONE explores approaches to modal jazz using techniques from French spectralism. Employing simple tools such as instrumentation, register, and dynamics, we explore ways of varying timbre and harmonic color while retaining harmonic function. We also look at how this can be reflected in structures used for improvisation.

PART TWO discusses the use of counterpoint in modern jazz. We begin with a brief introduction to the basic principles of counterpoint and review examples from jazz repertoire by composers like Dave Holland and Henry Threadgill. Utilizing tools such as rhythmic independence, heterophony, and linear melodic layering, we explore ways to extend ensemble interplay in both written and improvised contexts.

*Please Note: The date and time for this workshop has been changed.

Sundays, January 18 and February 1
11:30am – 1:30pm
$60 advance • $75 day of workshop

Jason Levis holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Composition from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Music, Naropa University. He has produced, composed and arranged for, performed in, and released over twodozen records, bridging a multitude of musical styles. He is an active performer on the drum set in both art and popular music settings and has extensive national and international performance experience.

Start: January 18, 2015 11:30 am
End: January 18, 2015 1:30 pm

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Hans Glawischnig SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2 PM

The Jazzschool is very pleased to host this special workshop with New York bassist Hans Glawischnig. Having developed his musical concept over the past two decades collaborating with a wide range of musicians including Chick Corea, Miguel Zenon, David Sanchez, Ray Barretto, Bobby Watson and many others, Hans enjoys working with students of all levels and will share information pertaining to general musicianship (technique, ear training, listening), practicing techniques, improvisation, sight reading and a range of additional important topics. Questions and discussion welcome! For all instruments. Students are encouraged but not required to bring their instrument to join in.

Start: January 18, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 18, 2015 4:00 pm

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Alex Conde SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18, 25, & FEBRUARY 8, 2 PM

An in-depth exploration of some of the most popular flamenco music “palos.” Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in learning the fundamentals of flamenco style. Learn some of the exotic chord voicings and rhythms to expand your musical vocabulary, in the tradition of Chick Corea, Miles Davis and many other jazz musicians who have drawn inspiration from this rich musical heritage. Material is explained with written examples in both piano score and lead sheet format.

Virtuoso pianist Alex Conde graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music and has extensive international performance and teaching experience in jazz and flamenco styles.

Start: January 18, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 18, 2015 4:00 pm

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Mauro Senise and Harvey Wainapel SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 4:30 PM

Saxophonist/flautist Mauro Senise, a former student of Brazilian saxophone icon Paulo Moura, is probably best known in the USA for his stunning contributions to a series of Egberto Gismonti LPs in the 1970s and 80s, such as Sanfona, No Caipira and Circense. Senise has continued performing and recording with the elite of Brazilian music, including Hermeto Pascoal, Gilson Peranzzetta, and Edu Lobo.

Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has performed with top-level Brazilian artists such as Airto Moreira, Guinga, Jovino Santos Neto, Paulo Bellinati, and Filo Machado. His newest CD Amigos Brasileiros vol. 2 just received a glowing 4-star review in DownBeat magazine.

Senise & Wainapel first met in 2000, when the Brazilian saxman invited the travelling gringo to sit in at a weekly performance of his group in Rio. Since then, the musical encounters have been annual events, with both sax players greatly enjoying the spontaneous atmosphere of these jam sessions. This time, the party will take place in the Northern Hemisphere, with the expert support and deep experience of pianist Marcos Silva, bassist Peter Barshay, and drummer Jason Lewis. The quintet will explore the world of Brazilian and North American jazz; sparks will fly, making for a joyful afternoon concert! maurosenise.com.br harvjazz.com

Start: January 18, 2015 4:30 pm
End: January 18, 2015 6:30 pm

January 23, 2015

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

OoN • FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 8 PM

People often say they don’t know what to expect from a bass and bassoon duo. Well, think melodic and groovy music. OoN with its unlikely combination of bass and bassoon creates beautiful melodic Chamber Jazz. Sometimes peaceful and meditative, at other times passionate, raging or groovy, the musical bandwidth these two instrumentalists cover on their respective ‘tools’ is surprising. Utilizing virtuosic and unusual playing techniques as well as effects and harmonizers, the musicians put the song first and musicality front and center.

Paul Hanson is a Bay Area-bred world-renown jazz bassoonist and saxophonist known for his diverse career with artists such as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Cirque Du Soleil, DAVKA,  St Josephs Ballet, Zenith Patrol, The Klezmorim, Paul Dresher Ensemble, Jonas Hellborg, Dennis Chambers, Eddie Money (sax soloist on “Take Me Home Tonight”) and Boz Scaggs.

Ariane Cap is a multi instrumentalist, educator and composer. An eclectic and versatile bassist, she has covered many styles, from jazz, to folk and flamenco (Muriel Anderson), to classical music (The Mozart Band), African (The Palm Wine Boys), Celtic (Tempest) to punk rock (The Sippy Cups), rock (Keith Olsen), and Cirque du Soleil. With OoN she plays a six string bass featuring tapping styles and effects to broaden the soundscape.
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Start: January 23, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 23, 2015 10:00 pm

January 24, 2015

Le Jazz Hot • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Le Jazz Hot SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 8 PM

Le Jazz Hot is an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club de France. The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club, but breathes new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist Paul Mehling. Hearing the ensemble live, or on any of their eleven albums, carries the listener back to the 1930’s and to the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris or the refined lounges of the famous Hotel Ritz. Often called gypsy jazz, the music of Le Jazz Hot has entranced audiences around the globe for over 20 years. Critics have hailed the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant…” Acoustic Guitar. From festivals in Mexico and France to concert halls across North America, Le Jazz Hot keeps this historic music fresh and alive. LeJazzHot.biz

Start: January 24, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 24, 2015 10:00 pm

January 25, 2015

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Alex Conde SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18, 25, & FEBRUARY 8, 2 PM

An in-depth exploration of some of the most popular flamenco music “palos.” Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in learning the fundamentals of flamenco style. Learn some of the exotic chord voicings and rhythms to expand your musical vocabulary, in the tradition of Chick Corea, Miles Davis and many other jazz musicians who have drawn inspiration from this rich musical heritage. Material is explained with written examples in both piano score and lead sheet format.

Virtuoso pianist Alex Conde graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music and has extensive international performance and teaching experience in jazz and flamenco styles.

Start: January 25, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 25, 2015 4:00 pm

Lorca Hart • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Lorca Hart SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2 PM

This workshop explores some of the basic but essential rudiments used in many styles of drumming. Topics include: how to use rudiments to enhance overall technique and control, reading and playing through short snare drum pieces, introduction to the legendary Alan Dawson rudiment workout (the “Rudimental Ritual”), and applying rudiments to the drum set. Open to all! Please bring a pair of sticks.

Drummer Lorca Hart has performed with a wide range of top jazz musicians including Ralph Moore, Carmen Lundy, Freddie Hubbard, Calvin Keys, Stanley Jordan, Craig Handy, Kyle Eastwood, Herman Riley, Azar Lawrence, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson,John Heard, Danny Grissett, Justo Almario,Bennie Maupin, Phil Ranelin, Dave Pike, Don Menza, Hugh Masekela, Bobby Rodriguez,the Clayton Brothers, and Anthony Wilson.

Start: January 25, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 25, 2015 4:00 pm

Amanda Addleman • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Amanda Addleman SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 4:30 PM

Jazz vocalist and pianist, Amanda Addleman, will be pushing the boundaries of modern jazz. She, along with her virtuosic group, will be playing a selection of updated jazz standards, jazz-hued popular songs and original material. Featuring Amanda Addleman on vocals and piano, Lee Dynes on guitar, Paul Smith-Stewart on bass and  Ben Lauffer on drums.

About Amanda Addleman
Amanda Addleman is a jazz vocalist and pianist originally from Marin County, California. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and has spent her most recent years playing all over the Bay Area with some of the finest local musicians. Currently, Amanda is the Vocal Director at Drake High School in San Anselmo and is on faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. She runs a private studio of over 30 voice and piano students and has been a consultant of voice, piano and jazz studies in schools all over the country. She has been a featured performer for the Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation and she released her debut album, Aglow in 2012.

Start: January 25, 2015 4:30 pm
End: January 25, 2015 6:30 pm

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Angharad Jones SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 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: January 25, 2015 7:00 pm
End: January 25, 2015 9:00 pm

January 30, 2015

Petros Klampanis • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Petros Klampanis • FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 8 PM

Petros Klampanis presents his new album, Minor Dispute, with his trio, featuring Israeli guitarist Gilad Heksleman and world percussionist John Hadfield. Minor Dispute is a brand new blend of Jazz, World and Classical Music. Petros’ compositions flirt with the jazz of New York, derive their sensitivity from Romanticism and are strongly influenced by the mood of the Eastern Mediterranean music tradition. Featuring Gilad Hekselman on guitar and John Hadfield on percussion. petrosklmampanis.com

About Petros Klampanis
Described by JazzTimes as a “formidable bassist and composer,” Petros Klampanis grew up on the Greek island of Zakynthos, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. To pursue his musical passions, he dropped out of the Polytechnic School in Athens and in 2005 he began his double bass performance studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory. In 2008, he completed his formal studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York. Since his relocation to New York City, Klampanis has performed alongside some of the city’s renowned jazz musicians, including saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, and drummer Ari Hoenig. In addition to his extensive list of appearances in USA, including the storied venues of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York and Kennedy Center in Washington DC, he has performed at the internationally acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival and the Palatia Jazz Festival in Germany. His relationship with Greg Osby led to the release of his début album, Contextual, on the saxophonist’s Inner Circle Music label. The album was praised by acclaimed bassist Arild Andersen as “one of the most exciting projects I have heard from a bass player in years.” Klampanis has received equal praise for his playing and composing. Fellow bassist Drew Gress notes his “aggressive melodicism, beautiful intonation, and uniquely personal string writing.” In 2012, Klampanis was invited by the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra for a series of concerts throughout Latvia. His arrangement of the Greek folk song “Thalassaki” was recently performed by the Greek Public Symphonic Orchestra in Athens, with whom Klampanis will perform in December 2013. Petros Klampanis is also an in-demand educator. He has given workshops internationally, and serves as a guest lecturer at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and the Ionian Academy of Music in Greece. He is currently working on his second album, to be released in 2014, with Contextual bandmates Jean-Michel Pilc, guitarist Gilad Hekselman, percussionist John Hadfield, and a string quartet formed by violinists Megan Gould and Maria Manousaki, violist Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin and cellist Yoed Nir.

 

Start: January 30, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 30, 2015 10:00 pm

January 31, 2015

Improvisation Workshop SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 3:15 PM

A special workshop with three phenomenal New York-based musicians! Beginning with a brief performance by the trio, the workshop develops into a dialogue open to questions from attendees and covering jazz improvisation, rhythmic and harmonic concepts, group playing and practicing tactics. Students are also encouraged but not required to bring their instrument to play with the trio and receive specific instruction tailored to the needs and level of each player.

Bassist Petros Klampanis has performed with many renowned and cutting edge musicians including Greg Osby, Jean-Michel Pilc and Ari Hoenig. His debut album Contextual features fellow master musicians guitarist Gilad Heckselman and percussionist John Hadfield.

Start: January 31, 2015 3:15 pm
End: January 31, 2015 5:15 pm

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Thomas Kozumplik SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 8 PM

Loop 2.4.3′s Time-Machine music is a cathartic journey that is both intensely personal, and socially connected, as is our perspective of time. At home in listening rooms and concert halls, their kinetic music also resonates in club settings, moving audiences to dance. The instrumentation combines man’s oldest instruments (percussion and voice) with electronic sounds and time-based effects. Featuring Thomas Kozumplik compositions, electronic and acoustic drums/percussion, vocals, steel drum and special guests.

About Loop 2.4.3
Loop 2.4.3 creates original music steeped in percussion and electronics, described as a “refreshing combination of rigor, complexity, and force” mixed with “emotionally rich expression”  (George Grella, The Big City). Founded by Thomas Kozumplik (also of indie-classical quartet Clogs) in Brooklyn, NY, Loop 2.4.3’s latest release was described by Gramophone as “visceral and satisfying,” with “brand-new yet iconic sounds that create a riveting aura, a genuine time warp.”  Live, Loop 2.4.3 has been described as giving “energetic performances” (New York Times), with “stunning improvisational sense” (Time Out Chicago).  “It all sounds like part of a well-thought-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now.” (Fresh Air, NPR) www.loop243.com

 

Start: January 31, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 31, 2015 10:00 pm

February 1, 2015

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Jason Levis SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18 & FEBRUARY 1, 11:30 AM*

This two-part lecture series focuses on strategies to expand your approach to jazz composition and improvisation by utilizing techniques from 21st Century classical composition, including orchestration techniques of the French spectralists, heterophonic practices of the post-war avant-garde, layering principles in new complexity, and extended techniques in musique concrète instrumentale.

PART ONE explores approaches to modal jazz using techniques from French spectralism. Employing simple tools such as instrumentation, register, and dynamics, we explore ways of varying timbre and harmonic color while retaining harmonic function. We also look at how this can be reflected in structures used for improvisation.

PART TWO discusses the use of counterpoint in modern jazz. We begin with a brief introduction to the basic principles of counterpoint and review examples from jazz repertoire by composers like Dave Holland and Henry Threadgill. Utilizing tools such as rhythmic independence, heterophony, and linear melodic layering, we explore ways to extend ensemble interplay in both written and improvised contexts.

*Please Note: The date and time for this workshop has been changed.

Sundays, January 18 and February 1
11:30am – 1:30pm
$60 advance • $75 day of workshop

Jason Levis holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Composition from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Music, Naropa University. He has produced, composed and arranged for, performed in, and released over twodozen records, bridging a multitude of musical styles. He is an active performer on the drum set in both art and popular music settings and has extensive national and international performance experience.

Start: February 1, 2015 11:30 am
End: February 1, 2015 1:30 pm

February 8, 2015

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Alex Conde SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18, 25, & FEBRUARY 8, 2 PM

An in-depth exploration of some of the most popular flamenco music “palos.” Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in learning the fundamentals of flamenco style. Learn some of the exotic chord voicings and rhythms to expand your musical vocabulary, in the tradition of Chick Corea, Miles Davis and many other jazz musicians who have drawn inspiration from this rich musical heritage. Material is explained with written examples in both piano score and lead sheet format.

Virtuoso pianist Alex Conde graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music and has extensive international performance and teaching experience in jazz and flamenco styles.

Start: February 8, 2015 2:00 pm
End: February 8, 2015 4:00 pm