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.
March 22, 2014
The Jazzschool’s Young Musicians Program students take the stage for this end-of-quarter performance series. Come hear exciting sets from our many ensembles. This is a free event.
5:00 – 5:25 PM HS. Ens (M 6:30) – Colin Hogan
5:30 – 5:55 PM MS Ens. (M) – Kasey Knudsen
6:00 – 6:25 PM MS Ens. (Tues.) – Kasey Knudsen
6:30 – 6:55 PM MS Ens. (W) – Kasey Knudsen
7:00 – 7:25 PM HS. Ens – Kasey Knudsen
7:30 – 7:55 PM HS Ens. (W 4:45) – Rob Ewing
8:00 – 8:30 PM HS Ens. (Tue) – Erik Jekabson
March 21, 2014
Modern Music Society, is a college jazz big band at International Christian University, also known as ICU, based in Tokyo, Japan. The jazz big band ensemble consists of five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and the rhythm section; piano, guitar, bass and drums. Join MMS as they make their second appearance at the Jazzschool to perform a range of music from classic jazz pieces to modern jazz works, including Count Basie, Woody Herman, Thad Jones, Buddy Rich, Phil Woods, John La Barbera and more.
March 16, 2014
Jack Dynis welcomes spring to the Jazzschool with his show, “Love, I Hear,” a selection of songs about the bumpy road to love by Porter, Sondheim, Rodgers and Hart, Coleman, Gershwin and more. Featuring Jennifer Clevinger on piano, Barbara Speed, woodwinds, Carla Kaufman on bass and Jack Dorsey on drums. www.loveihear.com
“I cannot tell a lie, when I saw Jack at the Jazzschool open mic, my first thought was: ‘Drop dead gorgeous.’ Then, when he got up to sing, ‘Oh, he can sing too?’ Jack is the complete package: A glorious voice with a wonderful understanding of the lyric, and a feast for the eyes. What more could a diva desire?” — Angharad Jones, vocalist, Jazzschool Vocal Jam host
“I’m always moved when I listen to Jack Dynis. He is a great singer and storyteller. He has excellent taste in material, he is earnest and believable, and delivers standards as if he wrote them.”
— Larry Smith, singer
“Jack Dynis loves good songs. He knows more about interesting songs and songwriters - whether show tunes, tin pan alley, or jazz – than any other singer I know. To hear Jack sing a well-known standard is to hear it as if for the first time: He finds the buried gold and expressive potential in every note of the melody and every word of the lyrics and makes you feel them, too. When he sings an unfamiliar song, it becomes a heartfelt gift he shares with you.” — Barry Warren, singer and songwriter
“This is what it’s about: having someone else feel something deeply when you sing a great song. When I’m performing it seems like the audience is breathing with me and feeling everything I’m feeling. It’s a shared experience and a gift to both of us.” — Jack Dynis
Part of the Concert Preparation and Performance Series
March 15, 2014
From 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio released Masks and Faces and “kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music” (San Francisco Chronicle) to 2013’s simultaneous release of Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (featuring Joshua Redman) and Unfold Ordinary Mind (featuring Nels Cline), which the New York Times noted for “a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising,” clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg has shaped a career through relentless pursuit of musical truth across many genres and styles, resulting in the Downbeat Critics’ Poll naming him the #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in both 2011 and 2013. Join Ben Goldberg, Michael Coleman (piano) and Hamir Atwal (drums) for an unforgettable evening of music that explores Goldberg’s compositions and more.
About Ben Goldberg
Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. He received his undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. In 2012 Ben premiered Orphic Machine, a ten movement song-cycle based on the poetical writings of Allen Grossman. Commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works and performed by an all-star nine-piece band with Carla Kihlstedt on vocals, the Los Angeles Times calls Orphic Machine “knotted and occasionally spooky composition marked by dazzling interplay.” A 2013 Grant from the Shifting Foundation enabled Ben to record Orphic Machine, for release in 2014. Other recordings include Unfold Ordinary Mind and Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (BAG Production, 2013);Go Home (BAG, 2010); Tin Hat’s The Rain is a Handsome Animal (New Amsterdam, 2012); Speech Communication (Tzadik, 2009); Baal: The Book Of Angels vol. 15 (Tzadik, 2010); the door, the hat, the chair, the fact (Cryptogramophone, 2006); Plays Monk (Long Song, 2007); Nels Cline’s New Monastery: a view into the music of Andrew Hill (Cryptogramophone, 2006); Twelve Minor (Avant, 1998); Junk Genius (Knitting Factory Works, 1995); What Comes Before (Tzadik, 1998); and New Klezmer Trio’s Melt Zonk Rewire and Short for Something (Tzadik). Ben currently composes for and leads the following groups: Unfold Ordinary Mind featuring Nels Cline and Ellery Eskelin; Go Home featuring Charlie Hunter, Ron Miles, and Scott Amendola, “A searching ensemble that welcomes lyrical improvisation while embracing the groove.” (The New Yorker); Ben Goldberg School, a sextet that recently offered the initial workshop performances of Ben’s new piece Come Back Elliott Smith, and the Ben Goldberg Trio with Greg Cohen and Kenny Wollesen. He is also a composer-member of the avant-chamber jazz ensemble Tin Hat; and performs in a duo with pianist Myra Melford called DIALOGUE. Other notable affiliations include plays monk; Myra Melford’s Be Bread; Nels Cline’s New Monastery; Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors; Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom; and Clarinet Thing. The 11- piece Ben Goldberg’s Brainchild performs Ben’s on-the-spot compositions.
March 9, 2014
The SF Early Music Society presents a performance of beautiful songs by soprano Susan Rode Morris, Shira Kammen and other friends, to celebrate National Women’s Day, reflecting on the thoughts, the joys and the losses in women’s lives, from medieval times to the present. Featuring voices, violin, vielles, harp and percussion.
March 8, 2014
Pianist and Jazzschool founder Susan Muscarella and saxophonist Madaline Duran join forces for this special concert in celebration of International Women’s Day. Don’t miss this rare meeting of two kindred spirits and leaders of the Bay Area jazz scene. Also featuring Glenn Richman on bass and Akira Tana on drums.
BA in Music Composition, UC Berkeley. PhD candidate in Musicology, University of Évora, Portugal. Founder and President, Jazzschool Inc.; Dean of Instruction, Jazzschool Institute. Director, UC Jazz Ensembles program 1984 – 89; composer, arranger and recording artist; performances at major clubs and festivals including Yoshi’s, Keystone Korner, Great American Music Hall and the Lighthouse, and Monterey, Berkeley and Concord Jazz Festivals; featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR; recipient of a 2008 “A Team” Award from the Jazz Journalists Association; member of the Board of Directors, Chamber Music America.
Renowned saxophonist and bandleader, Madaline Duran, brings a wealth of artistry and experience to her work. Madaline grew up in Belmont, California and began playing clarinet at age 10. By junior high, she was on to alto and tenor saxophone developing skills that allowed her to take part in the Monterey Jazz Festival’s High School All Star Band. At that point, Mad was hooked on jazz. Madaline went on to earn a degree in music at the University of Miami, then moved back to the Bay Area where she pursued both freelance music work and ran her own catering business. All of that changed when Mad, at the age of 28, met Eddie at the Cotati Jazz Festival. Mad and Eddie quickly established a personal and professional partnership and through Eddie’s support and encouragement, Mad moved on to becoming a full-time musician. In addition to her work with Eddie, Madaline has performed with the likes of George Cables, Tootie Heath, James Moody, Stan Getz, Eddie Moore, Eddie Marshall and Jessica Williams (to name a few). Music critic, Herb Cain, summed it up best: “Mad Duran is just what jazz needs – soul, swing and a breath of femininity.”
March 2, 2014
Pianist and composer Anne Sajdera’s newest ensemble project presents beautiful contemporary arrangements of American and Brazilian jazz standards. Featuring Anne Sajdera on piano, Harvey Wainapel on saxophone, Peter Barshay on bass, Greg German on drums and special guests Erik Jekabson on trumpet, John Douglas on saxophone, Adam Theis on trombone, Joyce Lee on violin, Christina Simpson on viola and Ariella Hyman on cello.
Pianist and composer Anne Sajdera has long been an invaluable part of the San Francisco Bay Area Brazilian music scene—as leader of her own trio and performing with artists such as Alexa Weber Morales and Sandy Cressman. Her outstanding debut Azul (JAZZIZ Magazine 2012 Top Ten Critic’s Poll, Latin Jazz Corner Great Latin Jazz Albums from 2012, number 5 for best new talent 2012 Jazz Station blog), released by her label (Bijuri Records) and co-produced by Ray Obiedo, highlights her exquisite touch, rhythmic acuity, and melodic resourcefulness. In addition to the roots of American and Brazilian jazz, Sajdera brings European and Hindustani classical training to the compositional table to create a unique musical tapestry.
March 1, 2014
Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione” (San Jose Mercury News). First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” (SF Chronicle). The Dmitri Matheny Group will perform selections from Matheny’s nine critically acclaimed CDs, balancing fresh, original works with familiar jazz classics, hard bop, west coast cool and beloved standards from the Great American Songbook. “Their music is a fertile landscape without boundaries,” writes the Oakland Tribune, “earning Matheny and his cohorts a reputation as one of the most eclectic and daring ensembles on today’s jazz scene.”All About Jazz agrees: “An all-star jazz band featuring some of the most accomplished musicians in the western United States, the Dmitri Matheny Group is a cohesive and seamless unit, serving up equal parts soulful expression, caressing phrases, imaginative asides, and dedicated lyricism.”
Featuring Dmitri Matheny on flugelhorn, Dave Ellis on tenor saxophone, Matt Clark on piano, Ron Belcher on bass and Leon Joyce on drums. dmitrimatheny.com