Play A Part


Play A Part

Dear Friend of the CJC,

As the holidays draw near and 2022 comes to a close, we at the California Jazz Conservatory find ourselves basking in an unforgettable year of substantive classes, innovative workshops and virtuosic 25th anniversary celebratory concerts. We send our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to you for the generous part you played in helping us reach this auspicious 25-year milestone.

2023 will be a new beginning for the CJC as it embarks on its next quarter century. With so many challenges behind us at this point, we have an opportunity to focus on the goals and objectives we are best known for: providing the aspiring professional and nonprofessional musician of all ages and levels with the highest quality jazz education programs possible. All of us at the California Jazz Conservatory are excited to continue strengthening our position as the country’s only music school devoted solely to the study and performance of jazz and related styles of music.

I am pleased to report a number of our accomplishments in 2022 — initiatives that will forward the school for years to come. They include:

  • Reopening the Jazzcaffè after three long years — soon at our 2040 Addison campus.
  • Constructing the Jennifer A. Maxwell Student Lounge — now at our 2087 Addison campus.
  • Expanding our exciting partnership with JAMBAR to produce JAMBAR Presents, a concert series featuring visiting artists of note and our esteemed CJC resident faculty.
  • Implementing a new streaming system for selected concerts and events.
  • Constructing the WordPress Recording Studio at our 2040 Addison campus.
On another exciting note, you may know that I teamed up with Paul Fingerote, our Director of Communication, to write a 176-page book tracing the 25-year history of the school: California Jazz Conservatory — A 25–Year Retrospective. If you are interested in knowing more about how the school was founded, and its evolution over the past quarter century, please look for the book on our website (under “Giving”).

The California Jazz Conservatory is 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 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 forge ahead into the next 25 years.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!


Dr. Susan Muscarella

Founding President

From left: CJC retrospective book cover. New Jazzcaffè at 2040 Addison (rendering). Sax icon Joshua Redman was a surprise guest for “JAMBAR Presents Joe Lovano at the CJC.” Susan Muscarella and Jennifer Maxwell meet potential students at Monterey Jazz Festival 2022.


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 above.