Play A Part


Play A Part

Dear Friends of the CJC, 

As the holidays draw near and this year comes to a close, we at the California Jazz Conservatory find ourselves tremendously grateful for the opportunity to be together — in person — once again.

While acknowledging the advantages of both in-person and online education, it is hard to beat our students’ genuine enthusiasm for finally getting back on campus. Citing no specific reason, students tell me over and over again how happy they are to take classes in person, which is reason enough for us to provide them with an opportunity we have come to appreciate more than ever before.

2022 will be a benchmark year for the CJC! Thanks to the support from the school’s family of jazz crusaders, the CJC will be celebrating its 25th anniversary as the only private accredited music conservatory in the country solely devoted to the study and performance of our treasured African American art form, jazz.

The CJC’s silver anniversary celebration will include a series of exciting events:

  • The grand opening of a new Jazzcaffè at our 2040 Addison campus, serving students and concert audiences alike
  • The construction of a new student-friendly lounge at our 2087 Addison campus
  • An exciting partnership with JAMBAR, a new organic artisan energy bar conceived of and produced by Jennifer A. Maxwell, founder of PowerBar and longtime Jazzschool drummer. 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of JAMBAR go to supporting music and healthy living, including the CJC.
  • A special concert series featuring longtime members of the CJC faculty
  • Implementation of our new streaming system for concerts and events, made possible by individual contributions to our RealTime OnStage campaign
  • The construction of the new WordPress Recording Studio (made possible by a generous gift from WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg), which will augment the new Stan Klezmer Memorial Audio Production Lab
  • The launch of CJC Press and publication of Dr. Anthony Brown’s new book profiling the artistic life of iconic jazz drummer Kenny Clarke, GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME! The Development of Modern Jazz Drumming
  • A written history of the CJC by yours truly: California Jazz Conservatory — a 25-year retrospective

And much more!

The California Jazz Conservatory is the ONLY school of its kind with a unique mission focusing on promoting jazz, the art form embodying the ideals of freedom and democracy. We ask you to join us in supporting this important endeavor that provides our community with a wide range of opportunities to study, perform and appreciate jazz.

The CJC would not have reached this important milestone and touched thousands of lives without your continued involvement and support. I invite you, once again, to play a part in empowering us to continue this important work as we embark on the next 25 years.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!


Dr. Susan Muscarella

Founding President


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