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June 1, 2014

Mike Zilber’s Weather Wayne

Mike Zilber

Mike Zilber SUNDAY, June 1, 4:30 PM

One of the most important jazz composers and saxophonists of the past fifty years, Wayne Shorter has penned a remarkable number of memorable, lasting and innovative songs. From 1970-1995, Shorter wrote mainly for electric instrumentation, using funk, world and Brazilian grooves as his inspiration.  Weather Wayne, led by saxophonist and composer Michael Zilber, focuses on this era, with special attention to the joyful, challenging and infectious pieces Shorter wrote and played with Weather Report, Milton Nascimento and on his solo records of the ’80s. Featuring Matt Clark, piano/keyboards; Dan Feiszli, fretted and fretless bass; Hamir Atwal, drums; and Markinho Brasil, percussion.

The evening will begin with an opening set by the Jazzschool’s Advanced High School Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Michael Zilber.

Start: June 1, 2014 4:30 pm
End: June 1, 2014 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

June 2, 2014

Jazzschool Studio Band and Dave Eshelman’s Jazz Garden Big Band at Yoshi’s Oakland

Jazzschool Studio Band

Jazzschool Studio Band MONDAY, JUNE 2, 8 PM

The Jazzschool Young Musicians Program’s award-winning Studio Band (2nd place finalists, 2014 Next Generation Jazz Festival) shares the bill with the acclaimed Jazz Garden Big Band, both under the direction of leading Bay Area educator Dave Eshelman. This exciting and rare pairing of two generations of world-class big bands is not to be missed!

The Jazzschool Studio Band
This award-winning ensemble trains advanced high school musicians from throughout the Bay Area. Students develop technique, knowledge of jazz style and an ability to improvise through standard and contemporary big band repertoire. This ensemble performs frequently and participates in competitions throughout the U.S. Jazzschool Studio Bands have played at Yoshi’s and Savanna Jazz, as well as jazz festivals in California, New York, Seattle, Idaho, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France and the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland.

The Jazz Garden Big Band
The Jazz Garden Big Band has recorded four critically acclaimed albums and features some of the most active freelance musicians in the bay area. Many have performed with the band for decades, including saxophonist Mary Fettig and trumpeter Steve Campos, both alumni of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Others are trumpeter Louis Fasman, former member of the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra; saxophonist and wood flute virtuoso Dann Zinn, a favorite of bay area musicians such as Taylor Eigsti; guitarist Randy Vincent and bassist John Shifflett, also local favorites with impressive credentials; jazz teachers Rory Snyder, Bob Farrington and Dr. Mitch Butler, new Director of Jazz Studies at CSU East Bay, Dave Martell, and Erik Jekabson, Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Director; former students from Dave Eshelman’s jazz programs are: saxophonist Bob Kenmotsu, drummer Alan Hall, trombonist Jeanne Geiger, bass trombonist Rich Lee, trumpeter Mike Olmos, and Colin Hogan, piano and accordion. jazzgarden.com

Dave Eshelman
Trombonist/arranger Dave Eshelman has been leading the Jazz Garden Big Band in the Bay Area since 1978. The band has served as a vehicle for his big band compositions that have also been performed by the Joe Henderson Big Band, Bill Watrous’ Refuge West and the All Star Tribute to West Coast Jazz. The band has recorded four critically acclaimed cds and appeared at a multitude of bay area venues.

Start: June 2, 2014 8:00 pm
End: June 2, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
Phone: 510-845-5373
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

June 7, 2014

Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Middle School Concerts

Youth Ensembles

JCMS Middle School Concert SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 5 PM

JYMP middle school ensembles take the stage for their end-of-quarter performance series.

Start: June 7, 2014 5:00 pm
End: June 7, 2014 5:00 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
Phone: 510-845-5373
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

June 13, 2014

Dick Conte Birthday Celebration

Dick Conte

Dick ConteFRIDAY, JUNE 13, 8 PM

Pianist Dick Conte and friends celebrate his birthday in the CJC’s annual benefit concert to support the Dick Conte Jazz Piano Scholarship Fund. Scholarship recipient announced at the concert! Featuring Steve Heckman on saxophones, Steve Webber on bass and Bill Moody on drums.

Start: June 13, 2014 8:00 pm
End: June 13, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

June 21, 2014

The Holly Martins — Live Recording Session 1

holly-martins

The Holly Martins SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 8 PM

A groundbreaking and virtuosic trio of voice, saxophone and guitar, The Holly Martins is dedicated to exploring the boundaries of jazz and improvised music without a traditional rhythm section. Featuring Lorin Benedict on voice, Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophone, and Eric Vogler on guitar.

Lorin Benedict
An improvising vocalist (scat singer, essentially) living in the Bay Area, Lorin Benedict attempts to introduce more structurally-involved elements into the field of vocal improvisation. Most of his work in this area is centered loosely in the jazz idiom.

Lorin joined the fold of musicians rather late in life, at the age of 31, after many years of listening to recordings and live performances, many of which involved members of his immediate family (all of whom are/were orchestral musicians in the western classical tradition). Lorin appears on a few commercially available recordings in projects led by others: with rapper Malik Ameer – Sanctified (Satori Recordings, 2003), Nothing Better To Do (Satori Recordings, 2006), and The Roseline (2007); with Steve Coleman and Five Elements- Lucidarium (Label Bleu, 2004); with John Schott- John Schott’s Typical Orchestra (Smash the State, 2005); with Howard Wiley- The Angola Project (2007); with the Mitch Marcus Quintet- Countdown 2 Meltdown (Porto Franco, 2010). The Edgetone release, No. No. Yes. No. (2010), by The Holly Martins is Lorin’s first recording with which he has shared creative control.

“…completely redefines the concept of scat singing…technically astounding, inevitably comic and ultimately impressive.”  – Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

Kasey Knudsen
Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco based saxophonist, composer and educator. Knudsen has been commissioned by the Jazzschool’s Emerging Artist Series to write and perform new work as well as Intersection For The Arts and the De Young Museum. She leads her own trio and sextet that focus on original music and arrangements; she co-leads The Schimscheimer Family Trio along with Bay area Drummer Jon Arkin and pianist Michael Coleman, and The Holly Martins.

Eric Vogler
Guitarist, bassist and composer Eric Vogler combines a broad interest in African-American and European lineages of art music with an inherent geekiness to produce a unique personal musical language. Eric studied as a youth with Los Angeles guitarists Pete Snell and G. G. Bobues. At UC Berkeley, encounters with pianist Bevan Manson and saxophonist Steve Coleman suggested further avenues for expressions of his interests through music. Besides the above influences, Eric’s forays into algorithmically generated music have created an ongoing dialogue in his understanding of musical form and structure.

Start: June 21, 2014 8:00 pm
End: June 21, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

June 22, 2014

The Holly Martins — Live Recording Session 2

holly-martins

The Holly Martins SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 4:30 PM

A groundbreaking and virtuosic trio of voice, saxophone and guitar, The Holly Martins is dedicated to exploring the boundaries of jazz and improvised music without a traditional rhythm section. Featuring Lorin Benedict on voice, Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophone, and Eric Vogler on guitar.

Lorin Benedict
An improvising vocalist (scat singer, essentially) living in the Bay Area, Lorin Benedict attempts to introduce more structurally-involved elements into the field of vocal improvisation. Most of his work in this area is centered loosely in the jazz idiom.

Lorin joined the fold of musicians rather late in life, at the age of 31, after many years of listening to recordings and live performances, many of which involved members of his immediate family (all of whom are/were orchestral musicians in the western classical tradition). Lorin appears on a few commercially available recordings in projects led by others: with rapper Malik Ameer – Sanctified (Satori Recordings, 2003), Nothing Better To Do (Satori Recordings, 2006), and The Roseline (2007); with Steve Coleman and Five Elements- Lucidarium (Label Bleu, 2004); with John Schott- John Schott’s Typical Orchestra (Smash the State, 2005); with Howard Wiley- The Angola Project (2007); with the Mitch Marcus Quintet- Countdown 2 Meltdown (Porto Franco, 2010). The Edgetone release, No. No. Yes. No. (2010), by The Holly Martins is Lorin’s first recording with which he has shared creative control.

“…completely redefines the concept of scat singing…technically astounding, inevitably comic and ultimately impressive.”  – Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

Kasey Knudsen
Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco based saxophonist, composer and educator. Knudsen has been commissioned by the Jazzschool’s Emerging Artist Series to write and perform new work as well as Intersection For The Arts and the De Young Museum. She leads her own trio and sextet that focus on original music and arrangements; she co-leads The Schimscheimer Family Trio along with Bay area Drummer Jon Arkin and pianist Michael Coleman, and The Holly Martins.

Eric Vogler
Guitarist, bassist and composer Eric Vogler combines a broad interest in African-American and European lineages of art music with an inherent geekiness to produce a unique personal musical language. Eric studied as a youth with Los Angeles guitarists Pete Snell and G. G. Bobues. At UC Berkeley, encounters with pianist Bevan Manson and saxophonist Steve Coleman suggested further avenues for expressions of his interests through music. Besides the above influences, Eric’s forays into algorithmically generated music have created an ongoing dialogue in his understanding of musical form and structure.

Start: June 22, 2014 4:30 pm
End: June 22, 2014 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

Vocal Jam

Vocal Jam

Vocal Jam SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 7 PM

The Jazzschool 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.

 
Start: June 22, 2014 7:00 pm
End: June 22, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

June 29, 2014

Akira Tana and Otonawa

Akira Tana

Akira Tana SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 4:30 PM

Drummer Akira Tana leads Otonowa, presenting jazz interpretations of Japanese folk and pop melodies, some dating as far back as the 18th century. Proceeds from this concert  will go to raise funds for Otonowa’s Northern Japan Tour, in which Otonowa will perform for the communities still rebuilding from the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Please click here to see how you can support the group’s efforts! Featuring Masaru Koga on reeds, flutes and percussion, Ken Noriyuki Okada on bass, Art Hirahara on piano, and Akira Tana on drums and percussion.

Otonowa

From left: Ken Okada, Art Hirahara, Masaru Koga, Akira Tana

In 2011 this top quartet of Bay Area musicians first performed under the name Otonowa, having been asked to perform for a benefit for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. Subsequently this group has performed multiple benefit concerts, and traveled to Japan in late March of 2013 to perform in northern Japan, aiding the relief efforts there that continue to this day. Click here for more details and biographies.

Start: June 29, 2014 4:30 pm
End: June 29, 2014 6:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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