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April 13, 2013
The Jazzschool Institute’s Mark Murphy Vocal Jazz Scholarship is awarded annually to a vocal student who demonstrates exceptional creativity and artistic promise. The singers who have earned this honor over the past four years – Jua Howard, Andrea Claburn, Kyra Gordon, and Kathy Blackburn – will share the stage, backed by a world-class Bay Area rhythm section: Matt Clark, piano; John Wiitala, bass; and Alan Hall, drums.
March 24, 2013
Join Living Jazz for their 4th annual Jazz Search West competition, the Bay Area’s Jazz Talent Search for Solo Instrumentalists and Vocalists. Enjoy music from instrumentalist and vocalist as they battle for a slot in the final round.
Judges: Kellye Gray, Faye Carol, Wayne Wallace
Band: Peter Barshay, Shanna Carlson, Howard Wiley
Brought to you by Living Jazz, this is a free event.
February 23, 2013
The Jazzschool presents a tribute to legendary Bay Area Drummer Eddie Marshall featuring a group of Bay Area All-Stars: Chuck MacKinnon, trumpet; Kenny Brooks, tenor saxophone; Mark Levine, piano; Jeff Chambers, bass; Ron Marabuto, drums.
February 9, 2013
Modeled after the Jazzschool’s popular Middle School Invitational, the High School Invitational showcases jazz programs from throughout the Bay Area. This unique event provides school programs the opportunity to perform alongside their peers in a friendly, non-competitive environment. Select high schools perform for each other and receive outstanding musician awards and scholarships. Join these young musicians for an exciting evening featuring the future of jazz!
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Showcasing middle school jazz programs from throughout the Bay Area, this unique event provides school programs the opportunity to perform alongside their peers in a friendly, non-competitive environment. Select middle schools perform for each other and receive awards and scholarships. Join these young musicians at the Jazzschool for an exciting evening featuring the future of jazz!
January 28, 2013
Presented by Chamber Music America (www.chamber-music.org)
Monday, January 28 7-8:30pm
Join Jeanette Vuocolo, program director, CMA Jazz, along with CMA NJW grantee recipient Ben Goldberg in a free workshop about CMA’s jazz grant programs for commissioning and ensemble development, residency and presenting. No registration necessary. This workshop is offered in partnership with the Jazzschool.
December 3, 2012
Sheila Jordan — The Life and Music of NEA Jazz Master
Born in 1928 and raised in poverty in Pennsylvania’s coal-mining country, Jordan began singing as a child and by her early teens was working in Detroit nightclubs, influenced by the music of Charlie Parker. After moving to New York in the early 50s, she married jazz pianist Duke Jordan, and studied with Lennie Tristano. In the early 60s she made her first recordings on George Russell’s The Outer View which featured a famous 10-minute version of “You Are My Sunshine.” Sheila’s groundbreaking contributions to the history of vocal jazz include her numerous duo recordings with acoustic bass, including collaborations with Harvie Swartz and
Cameron Brown. Today, at the age of 83, Sheila continues to travel the world singing, teaching and sharing the deep spirit and soul that is jazz. There is no one like Sheila, and we love her so.
The evening will feature appearances by Laurie Antonioli, Madeline
Eastman, Kitty Margolis, Ed Reed and NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. Our national treasure, Sheila Jordan is a woman who has touched souls for sixty years, and will surely touch all who attend on December 3rd. Come celebrate her 84th birthday at this historic concert. Purchase tickets ahead of time, as this event is expected to sell out.
Please visit www.thefreight.org to purchase tickets.
November 18, 2012
Book Signing for Paul De Barros’ Shall We Play That One Together? The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland
Marian McPartland is a living legend in the world of piano jazz. In a field dominated by men, the Grammy Award-winning McPartland distinguished herself as one of the greatest jazz pianists of her age. With Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland jazz critic Paul de Barros provides a riveting portrait of a woman who was born in the UK and taught to play classical piano as a young girl, but who was nevertheless passionately attracted to the soulful rhythms of American jazz. The Jazzschool is honored to host this special book-signing event for an important new biography of a true jazz legend.
About Marian McPartland:
In 1944, donning combat boots and a helmet, Marian waded ashore at Normandy Beach as part of a USO unit sent to entertain troops on the front lines. Traversing through the grim landscape of late WWII, Marian arrived in Belgium where fate allowed her to cross paths with her future husband, Jimmy McPartland, a cocky young trumpet player from Chicago who was the protégé of the great Bix Beiderbecke. They were married and, together, made jazz history. Moving from Chicago to New York, Marian’s classical technique coupled with perfect pitch and a very personal sense of how to “swing” a tune made her appearances a must for the likes of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Ben Webster and other jazz luminaries. From there she went on to triumphs at places like the Umbria Jazz Festival and her greatest accomplishment, the revered NPR show “Piano Jazz” which she started in 1979. PAUL DE BARROS’S account of McPartland’s life is a history of an age when jazz was a vital art form played in beatnik cafes, Carnegie Hall and everywhere in between. Just as inviting as Marian’s signature question on “Piano Jazz”, SHALL WE PLAY THAT ONE TOGETHER? is an invitation to readers everywhere to listen to the score of a bygone age.
About the Author:
Paul de Barros covers jazz and world music for the Seattle Times and is a noted freelance jazz critic.