Black History Month Concert Series at the CJC
Black History Month Concert Series at the CJC
January 05, 2017 | CJC News

The California Jazz Conservatory is proud to present their annual Black History Month Concert Series this February. The series will feature local legends Frankye Kelly, Ed Reed, and Steve McQuarry as well as rising star Amina Scott. Through their own arrangements and interpretations, the artists pay tribute to the rich history of Black American music.

February 4, 8 PM • $15
Frankye Kelly pays tribute to some of the great African American jazz and blues singers from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s.

Amina Scott Quartet

February 11, 8 PM • $20

In celebrating the tradition of black American music, the Amina Scott Quartet will perform compositions ranging from Oscar Pettiford to Cedar Walton to Amina’s own music.


Ed Reed

February 18, 8 PM • $18

Accompanied by an elegant new trio of piano, guitar and bass, Ed Reed celebrates his 88th birthday re-imagining his favorite music from the Nat King Cole Trio and the Great American Songbook.



Steve McQuarry – A Tribute To African-American Jazz Composers

February 25, 8 PM • $15

The Steve McQuarry Special Edition Band presents compositions by various African American composers. With Gerald Beckett on flutes, Kash Killion on double bass, Greg German on drums and Jesus Gonzalez on congas.


With weekly concerts all year long, the CJC is an integral part of the vibrant downtown Berkeley performing arts scene. The concerts are curated to feature a diverse mix of well known local jazz veterans, national and international touring artists, and rising stars. As an institution devoted to promoting jazz, the Black History Month Concert Series is an important tradition in which we are able to reflect upon the breadth and depth of the Black Artists who came before us.