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Play a Part – Support the California Jazz Conservatory!


Dear Friends of the CJC,

The California Jazz Conservatory is heading into its 20th year! We’re gearing up for a major celebration next year, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at our brand new facility.

On the eve of this auspicious occasion, we need your support now more than ever. Why?

General operating needs represent the most compelling reason to contribute to any nonprofit organization. For example, here at the CJC, general operating support funds one-of-a-kind programs such as our new areas of concentration in Brazilian Jazz and Audio Production in collaboration world-renowned recording studio, Fantasy Studios. It also enables us to hire the highest caliber artists-in-residence – namely Ambrose Akinmusire, Edward Simon, Taylor Eigsti, Chico Pinheiro and Luciana Souza among others – to teach our students.

Funding for our programs builds a strong community that transforms lives. Let me call your attention to just a few of our recent Jazzschool and CJC students and alumni who are making great strides in jazz:

  • Jazzschool pianist Isaiah Harwood – This 12-year-old phenom will graduate from high school four years early to attend the CJC degree program in the fall of 2017. Given this young man’s unmistakable potential and all-consuming passion, Isaiah is destined to make a unique mark in jazz.
  • CJC Vocalist Susana Pineda, and graduate, guitarist Lu Salcedo – These two CJC students have joined forces to form a dynamic duo, Opaluna, and have just released a brilliant new recording of ten originals on Ridgeway Records. It’s a must listen!
  • CJC graduate, guitarist/vocalist Ian Faquini – A recent graduate of the CJC and now a member of its faculty, this rising star is making headlines in Brazilian jazz, both nationally and internationally. His recent CDs “Brasiliense” and “Metal Na Madeira” demonstrate his unique style and tremendous virtuosity.
  •  CJC graduate, bassist Scott Thompson – Scott began touring internationally with Brazilian superstar Chico Pinheiro while in the process of completing his undergraduate degree. Consistent with our goal to keep these rising stars in the family, Scott was invited to join the CJC faculty in 2015.
  • CJC graduate, vocalist Andrea Claburn – Graduate and CJC faculty, Andrea is releasing her first major recording, “Nightshade,” in January of 2017. Joining her are some of the finest Bay Area artists and CJC faculty, including trumpeter Erik Jekabson and percussionist John Santos.

Please join me and play your part in the future of the California Jazz Conservatory. We are 100% committed to playing our part in turning your contributions into innovative education programs that forward lives.


Yours in jazz,

Susan Muscarella
For more information contact Mary D’Orazi, Development Associate: mary@cjc.edu (510) 845-5373 ext. 19 or make a secure online donation by clicking the “Donate Now” button at the top of the page.











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