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Jazz Voices From Way Out West

San Francisco Classical Voice BY ANDREW GILBERT, October 27, 2018 Back in March, SFJAZZ hosted a community forum for Bay Area musicians, many of whom expressed frustration at the organization’s seeming lack of interest in showcasing original music by the region’s resident artists. In the meeting’s aftermath there have been a few signs that SFJAZZ’s doors are […]

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Jazz venue’s opening week in Berkeley packs in music fans

San Francisco Chronicle By Andrew Gilbert | March 5, 2018 Hovering around the door to Rendon Hall, the intimate 85-seat theater in the California Jazz Conservatory’s new Fiddler Annex, Susan Muscarella looked anxious on Sunday, March 4. Since opening on Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Berkeley venue had been packed every night for concerts focusing on […]

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Women’s History Month brings a wealth of great concerts to SF Bay Area

The Mercury News By Andrew Gilbert | February 28, 2018 …Ashkenaz isn’t the only venue showcasing the Bay Area’s deep bench of groundbreaking women musicians. The California Jazz Conservatory celebrates the opening of its new Fiddler Annex (across the street from its main downtown Berkeley campus) with a talent-packed run of shows, including the Montclair Women’s […]

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California Jazz Conservatory marks 20 years with new concert venue in Berkeley arts district

San Francisco Chronicle Sam Whiting | on February 26, 2018 Susana Pineda was studying vocal jazz at a university in Medellin, Colombia, when the American singer Madeline Eastman came to perform in 2013. After the show, Pineda tracked Eastman down for a career tip. “She said, ‘There’s this really cool jazz school in California,’” recalls […]

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The California Jazz Conservatory on the March

San Francisco Classical Voice By Andrew Gilbert | February 24, 2018 Susan Muscarella speaks softly and carries big ambitions. Meeting up with her at the California Jazz Conservatory campus on a recent sunny afternoon in downtown Berkeley, she walked me across Addison Street to the new Fiddler Annex, which was in the final stages of […]

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Zon Guitars Creates JD5 Bass for CJC Professor Jeff Denson

INDUSTRY INNOVATOR ZON GUITARS CREATES JD5 BASS EXPRESSLY FOR CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY PROFESSOR JEFF DENSON   Jazz Industry Leader Crafts One-of-a-Kind Instrument to Fit Denson’s Specifications   “I’m Completely in Love with This Bass,” Notes Denson, Acclaimed “Master of the Jazz Bass” August 24, 2017; Berkeley, California; Zon Guitars, a music industry innovator since its […]

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Announcing the first ever: “Meet Me Downtown” Day in Berkeley!

The first ever MEET ME DOWNTOWN DAY is Sunday March 20, 12noon to 5pm. Six Downtown Berkeley cultural venues will feature a variety of free activities to give you a taste of their amazing facilities and programing. And Downtown restaurants will offer food and drink specials for event visitors. www.meetmedowntown.info Explore the stunning architecture and […]

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Professor Jeff Denson talks about teaching at the California Jazz Conservatory

Jeff Denson is a musician on a mission. With three jazz ensembles, a full professorship at the California Jazz Conservatory and leadership of a nonprofit organization devoted to the enhancement of jazz in the Bay Area, the double bass master, vocalist and composer is among the busiest musical artists in Northern California. The Jeff Denson […]

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2 students give Berkeley jazz school $500,000

By Jesse Hamlin, SFGate.com Published 10:36 am, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 It’s always nice when somebody gives your institution $500,000, particularly in the case of the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. The gift will cover nearly half the cost of renovating the ground floor of the brick building right across Addison Street, where the school will […]

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All That Jazz in Berkeley

By Mark MacNamar, San Francisco Classical Voice – March 20, 2014 Here’s a new-new thing: The California Jazz Conservatory — formerly known as The Jazzschool or the Jazz School Institute, or more colloquially, ‘that jazz school over in Berkeley.’ It was, until just recently, a small, unaccredited school, with no formal program of study, and […]

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