April 19, 2014
An evening of original music and arrangements presented by guitarist Tom Patitucci with Sam Bevan on bass and Bryan Bowman on drums.
Tom Patitucci got his first guitar at the age of 10, and began playing folk and blues music. One day, his grandfather brought over a cardboard box full of jazz records that he found next to a neighbor’s garbage pail. Tom and his brother (Grammy award winning bassist and composer John Patitucci) listened to these recordings, absorbing the sounds of Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery and other jazz greats. By the time he was 14, Tom was playing in local bands and had already begun composing both songs and instrumental music. He received a degree in classical guitar performance from Cal State Hayward in 1978. Tom has taught many private students over the years, his brother being the first and most famous. He has been a clinician and performer at the annual Panama Jazz Festival since 2010. Tom has recorded and/or played live with John Patitucci, Michael Brecker, Paul Motian, Brian Blade, Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright and many others. In June of 2013, he released a jazz trio recording, “Unity Gained” which features John Patitucci and Rudy Royston.
April 25, 2014
Smith Dobson leads this exciting new group, performing original contemporary jazz strongly influenced by Ornette Coleman, Duke Ellington and Jackie Mclean. Featuring Dobson on alto saxophone, Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Michael Coleman on piano and Doug Stuart on bass.
About Smith Dobson
Drummer, vibraphonist and saxophonist Smith Dobson V has been performing in the Bay Area for over twenty years. Originally from Santa Cruz, Dobson is a member of an important jazz family. His father, the late Smith Dobson IV, was a world-renowned pianist and director of the jazz series at Garden City in San Jose for over twenty years, where he accompanied the likes of Art Pepper, Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Chet Baker, Red Norvo, Tal Farlow, and Lee Konitz to name a few. Also in the family, Grandfather Smith III is a jazz accordionist; Grandmother Norma, Mother Gail, and Sister Sasha are all jazz vocalists.
In January 2007, he released his first album of original compositions entitled Basement Bloodlines on the Evander Music label, featuring Devin Hoff on bass, Vijay Anderson on drums, John Finkbeiner on guitar, and Dobson on vibraphone.
Dobson sings and plays bass in the indie rock band Grand Lodge, who released their self-titled debut in 2010. He was featured at this year’s Monterey Jazz Festival with his band Prez Kids, playing jazz influenced by the iconic Lester Young and early swing era.
April 26, 2014
Come dance or just hang out as the CJC transforms into a rockin’ music club. Get some friends together, eat, drink and let’s have some fun dancing or listening to our favorite Motown, Blues, R&B and Soul classics. Featuring Alison Wegener on vocals, Nancy Wentsrom-Catania on guitar and vocals, Ariane Cap on bass, Jennifer Jolly on keyboards and Jean Fineberg on drums.
With over 100 years of combined experience playing clubs, festivals and concerts, The Party Monsters members get together to play for pure fun. Revisiting our favorite Motown, Blues, R&B and Soul classics, the band’s energy onstage is contagious. Put on your dancing shoes or just kick back and party with us! partymonstersband.com
April 27, 2014
The SF Early Music Society and Gabrieli West present a chamber ensemble made up of a pair of string instruments–violin and cello or violo da gamba–and a pair of brass instrument—cornetto as high voice and sackbut as the low voice. The program will include solo works from the 16th and 17th centuries for each instrument as well as chamber music for 3 and 4 instruments and continuo. Featuring Eric Finley, violin; Joyce Johnson Hamilton, cornetto; Amy Brodo, cello, viola da gamba; Michael Cushing, sackbut; Michael Peterson, harpsichord
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.
May 2, 2014
The Pan Power Trio plays specializes in a blend of Afro-Caribbean grooves, with a unique repertoire steeped in Latin, Reggae, Calypso, R&B and West Indian flavors in a jazz setting. Tropical, urban, rootsy, sophisticated, adventurous. Featuring Jeff Narell, on Trinidad steel pans and vocals, Colin Hogan on keyboards and melodica, Josh Jones on drums and percussion.
“The area’s premiere calypso-soca band, led by pan player supreme Jeff Narell.” — Lee Hildebrand, East Bay Express
May 3, 2014
Vocalist Amy London presents a program of songs in celebration of women in jazz. Alongside London’s originals and songs by contemporary artists such as Holli Ross, Jeanne O’Connor and Regina Wernick, London will spotlight the music of such legends such as Annie Ross, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mary Lou Williams. London’s band is a trio of musicians who have accompanied and recorded with some of the most beloved singers in jazz: pianist James Weidman played with Abbey Lincoln for years, bassist Harvie S. originated the voice and bass duo with Sheila Jordan, and drummer Steve Williams was Shirley Horn’s percussionist for more than 25 years.
London has received wide recognition and critical acclaim for her two Motema Music CDs, When I Look In Your Eyes and Let’s Fly, which has led to her performing in Russia, Turkey, France, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, and across the US, as well as on the major NYC jazz stages.
May 4, 2014
Join Maye as she presents an afternoon of music featuring her favorite musicians and some of the songs she can’t forget. Featuring Ross Gualco on piano, John Hoy on guitar, Rich Girard on bass and David Rokeach on drums.
“In my imagination I always hear music playing. There are songs, pieces of songs, lyrics, and melodies. Some just breeze on through and others linger with me for awhile. Some reappear again and again at different times in my life. They have no consistent theme, except perhaps love, and getting along with others.” — Maye Cavallaro
Vocalist and song stylist Maye Cavallaro has been singing and teaching in the Bay Area for 3 decades. She has recorded three CDs and produced many others. Currently she is on faculty at the Jazzschool Community Music School and offers the mentoring program “Concert Preparation and Performance,” as well as “Composer Workshops” featuring songs from the American songbook. mzjazz.com
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”).