April 13, 2014
One of the SF Bay Area’s premier jazz vocalists, Frankye Kelly is known for her classical interpretation of jazz standards and her lilting and haunting expression of down home blues. Featuring Kelly Park on piano, Michael O’Neill on woodwinds, Fritz Burden on bass and Ranzell Merritt on drums.
A Benefit for the Angelo J. Montesano Scholarship Fund
April 12, 2014
Jazzi Jan has a powerful vocal style capable of handling smooth and sultry ballads to belting blues and gospel moans. Her repertoire includes music from the late great divas, such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerld and Nina Simone. Expect a fun-filled stage show with an all-female ensemble. Featuring Maya Kronfeld on piano, Vicki Grossi on bass and Joyce Baker on drums. thejazznetworkworldwide.com
April 11, 2014
From Bossa Nova to Samba, Choro, Frevo and more, Brazilian Guitar Night celebrates the 6 and 7 string “violão” in various settings and styles. Bay Area guitarists Ricardo Peixoto, Brian Moran and Ian Faquini bring three unique perspectives to the music, and with the participation from their frequent collaborators Rebecca Kleinnman and Brian Rice present a simmering night of acoustic Brazilian music.
April 6, 2014
Take the stage and sing the blues with a killer band! Hosted by acclaimed vocalist Pamela Rose, this special Jazzschool vocal jam session is open to all singers. Please arrive by 6:30 to sign up to sing. No charts needed, but singers should be prepared to explain the form of their song in a few words (e.g. “12-bar blues in the key of F, shuffle”).
Warm and witty singer Leslie Tchaikovsky performs an evening of music by Porter, Weill, Jobim and original works in her debut solo concert. Featuring Leslie Tchaikovsky on vocals, Ross Gualco on piano, Jeff Neighbor on bass and Jack Dorsey on drums.
Leslie’s penchant for bursting into song as a child led to a house rule: no singing at the dinner table. Family and career, including 22 years as a federal judge, diverted her musical passions for several decades. But, when time permitted, the passion returned with a vengeance. Over twenty years ago, she began studying classical piano and a few years later attending a piano camp in Vermont. It was there she began singing again. This led to private singing lessons and classes at the Jazzschool. Leslie has performed numerous times at the Jazzschool classes, but this concert will be her first solo performance.
April 5, 2014
Matt Slocum has emerged as one of the great young drummers in New York City, and therefore all of jazz. Drummer and composer Matt Slocum celebrates the release of Black Elk’s Dream with a distinctive New York quartet featuring Dayna Stephens (Kenny Barron, Al Foster), Sam Yahel (Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell), and Massimo Biolcati (Lionel Loueke, Terence Blanchard).
As a composer, Mr. Slocum is the recent recipient of grants and commissions from the American Music Center, the Puffin Foundation, New Music USA and Meet the Composer. His ensembles have been featured throughout North America and Europe at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Yoshi’s, the Blue Note, Earshot Jazz Festival, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival and the Soka International Jazz Festival among others. He has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Seamus Blake, Alan Broadbent, Steve Cardenas, Gerald Clayton, Taylor Eigsti, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Koonse, Wynton Marsalis, Lage Lund, Linda Oh, Alan Pasqua, Jerome Sabbagh, Jaleel Shaw, Walter Smith III, Ben Wendel, Anthony Wilson, Sam Yahel and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in western Wisconsin, Mr. Slocum began musical studies on piano before switching to percussion at age 11. While in high school he was introduced to jazz through recordings featuring Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones. He received a full scholarship to attend the University of Southern California-Thornton School of Music where he studied with Peter Erskine. After graduating in 2004, Slocum spent three years in Pasadena, working with many of the West Coast’s finest jazz artists before making the move to New York in fall 2007. Slocum’s debut recording Portraits was released in January 2010. All About Jazz raved, “With this excellent premiere, Slocum steps out of the box as the full package,” while All Music Guide wrote, “This auspicious debut should put Matt Slocum’s name firmly on the jazz map.”After the Storm, his follow up recording, was released in October 2011 and received high marks from Downbeat, JazzTimes, Los Angeles Times and Jazzwise among others. After the Storm was one of 15 recordings by American composers to receive a 2011 New Music USA recording grant. Slocum was recently commissioned to compose a quartet project in honor of Black Elk. mattslocumjazz.com
“One of his generation’s most highly regarded drummers and composers”— JazzPolice
“Richly textured, hard swinging modern jazz…”— Time Out London
“Slocum clearly places empathy and ensemble eloquence over solo fireworks, with sublime results.”
— Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 30, 2014
Join Jazz Search West at the Jazzschool for the last of their four talent search competitions for solo instrumentalist and vocalists. Contestants will perform for a panel of Bay Area jazz professionals and a live audience. At the end of each competition, four finalists will be selected to continue to the Semi-Final at the Freight and Salvage and then on to the Grand Finale at Yoshi’s Oakland.
Attendance is free and open to the public. To learn more about Jazz Search West or how to apply as a contestant, please visit Jazzsearchwest.com.
March 28, 2014
The Women’s Jazz & Blues Camp is a supportive musical environment where students develop technical ability, style and improvisation skills in a supportive environment while networking with others who share their passion for music. Join these musicians as they present their end-of-camp performance!
Free performance – donations for Jazzschool Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp accepted.
March 23, 2014
The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.
$10 sliding scale
Join these Bay Area jazz treasures for an afternoon of standards and originals in the classic jazz piano trio format. Featuring Dick Hindman on piano, Seward McCain on bass and the legendary Colin Bailey on drums.
This concert has been made possible by a generous gift from Jacquelin and Sheafe Ewing.