May 9, 2014
The California Jazz Conservatory (CJC) presents end-of-semester performances by a variety of student ensembles. Evening Three at the Sound Room in Oakland features the CJC’s Brazilian Ensemble, directed by Marcos Silva, and a jazz repertory ensemble co-directed by Dann Zinn and Frank Martin.
Brazilian Ensemble: Susana Pineda, voice; Patrick Malabuyo on trombone, Jenelle Roccaforte on guitar, Danny Mertens on piano, Marcos Silva on bass and Zach Mondlick and Nick de Ryss on drums.
Jazz Repertory Ensemble: Dann Zinn on saxophone, Daniel Mandrychenko on guitar, Frank Martin on piano/keyboard, Danny Gerz on bass, and Mike Quigg on drums.
Please note this concert is at The Sound Room in Oakland.
About The Sound Room
The Sound Room is not your average jazz club. It is the downtown Oakland home of Bay Area Jazz & Arts, Inc (BAJA), a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. It is a music and art program by and for people who love music, especially jazz. BAJA focuses on programs that encourage understanding of Jazz, America’s original music tradition.
The club was designed for its conception to be an intimate listening environment where fans can get up close to the performers. This all ages venue offers healthy food, beer, wine and soft drinks with cabaret seating.
2147 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612 (2 blocks from 19th St BART station)
May 10, 2014
California Jazz Conservatory students take the stage for this end-of-semester performance series. Come hear exciting sets from our many ensembles.
7:00 – 7:20 PM Introduction to Tabla – Instructor, Jim Santi Owen
7:30 – 7:55 PM Percussion Ensemble – Instructor, Alan Hall
8:00 – 8:50 PM Music of Wes Montgomery – Instructor, Mimi Fox
9:00 – 9:50 PM Latin Ensemble – Instructor, David Belove
May 11, 2014
California Jazz Conservatory students take the stage for this end-of-semester performance series. Come hear exciting music from Mads Tollings’ Jazz String Chamber Ensemble and Erik Jekabson’s Jazz Arranging students.
May 16, 2014
California Jazz Conservatory students Tony Owen, Aaron Hipschman and Chris Sullican present their final projects.
Guitarist Tony Owen brings a collection of work composed during his time as a CJC student. The tunes borrow themes from many musical traditions, including swing, Brazilian, modal jazz, R&B, and funk. Styles are blended in a fresh new way that is reflective of the cultural melting pot that is the Bay Area. Featuring Tony Owen on guitar, Chris Sullivan on saxophone, Patrick Malabuyo on trombone, Casey Mattson on piano, Tommy O’Mahony on bass, Nick de Ryss on drums.
Drummer Aaron Hipschman will be paying homage to the jazz greats while sharing the stage with some of his friends and teachers. Featuring Parker Grant on piano, Glenn Richmond on bass and guest soloists.
Aaron Hipschman grew up in Palo Alto, California. At Gunn High School he started playing the drums and getting interested in music, especially heavy metal, forming his own band. During the summer of 2006 he went to the Stanford Jazz Camp where he had a chance to learn from greats like Taylor Eigsti, Joshua Redmond, Barry Harris, Jeff Ballard, and Bill Stewart, and that was his summer of love with jazz. He formed his own jazz band his senior year and they played venues in the bay area. When he went to the Berklee School of Music five-week summer program in 2009 it was a wake up call. Getting a chance to play with very talented students and study with master teachers like Ralph Peterson and Terry Lynn Carrington was inspiring and sealed his commitment to music as a profession. In 2010 he began studying at the California Jazz Conservatory, dedicated to mastering percussion and branching out into piano and composition. In 2013 he got a chance to live in Matanzas Cuba for two weeks where he studied the history, culture and unique rhythms of Cuban percussion. Aaron graduates with a degree in Music from the California Jazz Conservatory in May 2014 and will continue to pursue a music career.
Chris Sullivan has emerged as a promising young saxophonist. He has developed a bi-coastal network of friends and musicians, having lived in San Francisco, Boston, and New York. Upon completion of his degree at the CJC, Sullivan plans on returning to the east coast to continue developing as an artist while he pursues a master’s degree in jazz performance.
May 18, 2014
This afternoon concert is a celebration of Laurie’s unique repertoire and original music. The afternoon will feature a variety of material from her soon to be released Joni Mitchell project, “Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light” as well as material from past recordings, some new gems and some hidden gems. Featuring Sheldon Brown on saxophone and clarinet, Dave MacNab on guitar, John Shifflett on bass and Jason Lewis on drums.
“It is not hyperbole to say that Laurie Antonioli is emerging as the most important vocalist, let alone jazz vocalist, this decade. Let us hope for much more music from this brilliant constellation in the west.”
— Michael Baily, All About Jazz
May 23, 2014
California Jazz Conservatory student Kyra Gordon presents her final project.
Expect a wide range of jazz, folk and soul during Kyra Gordon’s senior concert. Kyra is a vocalist and native of the Bay Area. She spent over a year singing blues in Paris, France, and has performed onstage with Martha High, Boney Fields, Lucky Peterson, Taj Mahal and Kenny Neal. She is a vocalist and keyboard player in the freestyle hip-hop group The Freeze. Featuring John Wiitala on bass, Alan Hall on drums and Tammy Hall on piano.
May 25, 2014
Ann Brewer performs an eclectic mix of songs including bluesy jazz standards, pop and original tunes. Featuring Ross Gualco on piano, Ray Clement on saxophone, John Hoy on bass and David Rokeach on drums.
Ann Brewer is a Bay Area jazz vocalist with a bluesy, rock edge. Ann’s warm, engaging personality is unique and down to earth. She is not a diva, but part of the band in creating an awesome collaborative experience. She performed in San Francisco, the East Bay and regularly in Marin.
Part of the JCMS Concert Preparation & Performance Series
The Jazzschool Community Music School 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 30, 2014
Drummer and composer Jordan Glenn’s long standing trio, Wiener Kids perform new pieces as well as classics from their back catalog. The evening will conclude with the unique ten piece expansion, The Wiener Kids Family Band.
The brainchild of drummer and composer Jordan Glenn, The Wiener Kids is a trio featuring reed masters Aram Shelton and Cory Wright. Over the years, the band’s pallet has expanded to include gongs, tin cans, tibetan bowls, bunt pans, chromatic cowbells, angklung (bamboo rattles), triangles, car springs, a suitcase-vibraphone, glockenspiel and various whistles and drums. The Wiener Kids Family Band was formed in 2011 to explore the old Wiener Kids repertoire in a “big band” setting. The group features a cast of close friends and great improvisers, following the lead of Jordan Glenn’s curious baton. wienerkidsmusic.com
May 31, 2014
The emerging jazz group iiii is joined by William O’Daly, award-winning poet and acclaimed translator of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, for a transcendent evening of poetry and jazz. Featuring Laila M. Smith on vocals, Paul Bloom on piano, Connor Schultze on bass, Jeremy Dutton on drums and poet William O’Daly.
The group iiii, which Anthony Dean-Harris, Editor in Chief of NESTBOP.COM recently reviewed as “a group of pure radiance,” mix their jazz training (Manhattan School of Music, Brubeck Institute, New School, and New England Conservatory) with pop, singer and songwriter, and R&B influences to forge a new and captivating sound. In 2013, iiii recorded and released its self-titled debut album of original songs. The group —Laila M. Smith, Paul Bloom, Connor Schultze, and Jeremy Dutton — also released an EP, Run iiii Cover, which includes versions of songs by Marvin Gaye, Jessie Ware, and Al Green. In addition to performing and recording, the group works together to share its love for music by giving workshops, clinics, and presentations. iiiimusic.com/album
William O’Daly is a poet, translator of poetry, and author. He has published one book of poems and eight books of translations of the poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, all with Copper Canyon Press. A finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry, O’Daly was profiled on NBC’s “The Today Show.” A National Endowment for the Arts recipient, his poems, poems in translation, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared widely in domestic and international magazines and anthologies. He loves performing with jazz and classical musicians, and with Laila M. Smith and Paul Bloom, of the jazz group iiii, has captivated audiences by exploring the deep connection between poetry and music as they merge in the heart, mind, and soul. williamodaly.com