Jazzschool Events

April 6, 2014

SONGS OF IRVING BERLIN with Maye Cavallaro

Maye Cavallaro

Maye Cavallaro APRIL 6, 13 & 27, Noon – 3PM


American songwriter Irving Berlin’s career spanned over 60 years. He was the composer of an estimated 1,500 songs, including 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films. Berlin is beloved by singers and instrumentalists alike for his straightforward lyrics and beautiful melodies. His hit compositions include “Blue Skies,” “Puttin’ On the Ritz,” “Heatwave,” “White Christmas,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” among others. 25 of Berlin’s songs reached the top of the charts and were re-recorded by dozens of famous singers and instrumentalists over the years, such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Art Tatum. Students will be provided with 10 lead sheets of Berlin compositions. We will listen to various recordings, learn songs as a group and try out the songs with an accompanist in the final week. All levels welcome, including both singers and instrumentalists.

A warm, charismatic stage performer and accomplished musician, Maye Cavallaro has traveled extensively in Japan and the U.S., both performing and teaching. She has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Area at clubs such as Yoshi’s, The Great American Music Hall, The Plush Room, Sweetwater and Kimball’s.

Start: April 6, 2014 12:00 pm
End: April 6, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States


Pre-bird: Swing Feeling Then and Now

Pre-bird: Swing Feeling Then and Now SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 11:30 AM

This workshop offers an informal guided tour of the jazz scene — audio and video — that so richly blossomed before World War II. It isn’t an immersion in what younger jazz players “should” know from some ideological stance, but a way of offering experiences that players and singers might not discover on their own. A tenor player might find something in Dick Wilson, Herschel Evans or Cecil Scott; a singer might be astonished by Connee Boswell or George Thomas; a drummer might find revelation in the work of Sid Catlett. The workshop isn’t “jazz archaeology” — it will end with a visit to the last five years, with evidence that these “older styles” work very well in tandem with ideas one may have gleaned from Wayne Shorter or Betty Carter. All are welcome!

Start: April 6, 2014 11:30 am
End: April 6, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

NEW ORLEANS R&B PIANO with Jennifer Jolly

piano workshop

Jennifer Jolly SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 11 AM

Learn how to infuse your playing with New Orleans licks and grooves in this hands-on overview of New Orleans R&B piano style. Listening samples and info sheets will be provided on key players including Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Dr. John, Art Neville, Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Harry Connick, Jr. and Tom McDermott. Tricks of the trade are covered, with transcriptions, including Professor Longhair’s “rhumba-boogie” style, second-line (e.g., Mardi Gras in New Orleans), two-beat shuffle (a la Fats Domino), New Orleans 8-bar blues (e.g., Tipitina) and much more. Prerequisites: intermediate ability to read and play two-handed piano parts. No materials required.

Jennifer Jolly is a keyboardist specializing in New Orleans R&B, blues, boogie-woogie, African, Caribbean, R&B, funk, honky-tonk, rock, and other rhythmic styles. She teaches at the Jazzschool and the Cazadero Family Camp, and performs with Baba Ken & Kotoja, Zulu Spear, and Big B & His Snake Oil Saviors, among others.

Start: April 6, 2014 11:00 am
End: April 6, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

April 5, 2014

Matt Slocum Quartet with Dayna Stephens, Sam Yahel and Massimo Biolcati

Matt Slocum

Matt Slocum SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 8 PM

Matt Slocum has emerged as one of the great young drummers in New York City, and therefore all of jazz. Drummer and composer Matt Slocum celebrates the release of Black Elk’s Dream with a distinctive New York quartet featuring Dayna Stephens (Kenny Barron, Al Foster), Sam Yahel (Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell), and Massimo Biolcati (Lionel Loueke, Terence Blanchard).

As a composer, Mr. Slocum is the recent recipient of grants and commissions from the American Music Center, the Puffin Foundation, New Music USA and Meet the Composer. His ensembles have been featured throughout North America and Europe at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Yoshi’s, the Blue Note, Earshot Jazz Festival, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival and the Soka International Jazz Festival among others. He has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Seamus Blake, Alan Broadbent, Steve Cardenas, Gerald Clayton, Taylor Eigsti, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Koonse, Wynton Marsalis, Lage Lund, Linda Oh, Alan Pasqua, Jerome Sabbagh, Jaleel Shaw, Walter Smith III, Ben Wendel, Anthony Wilson, Sam Yahel and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in western Wisconsin, Mr. Slocum began musical studies on piano before switching to percussion at age 11. While in high school he was introduced to jazz through recordings featuring Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones. He received a full scholarship to attend the University of Southern California-Thornton School of Music where he studied with Peter Erskine. After graduating in 2004, Slocum spent three years in Pasadena, working with many of the West Coast’s finest jazz artists before making the move to New York in fall 2007. Slocum’s debut recording Portraits was released in January 2010. All About Jazz raved, “With this excellent premiere, Slocum steps out of the box as the full package,” while All Music Guide wrote, “This auspicious debut should put Matt Slocum’s name firmly on the jazz map.”After the Storm, his follow up recording, was released in October 2011 and received high marks from Downbeat, JazzTimes, Los Angeles Times and Jazzwise among others. After the Storm was one of 15 recordings by American composers to receive a 2011 New Music USA recording grant. Slocum was recently commissioned to compose a quartet project in honor of Black Elk. mattslocumjazz.com

“One of his generation’s most highly regarded drummers and composers”— JazzPolice

“Richly textured, hard swinging modern jazz…”— Time Out London

“Slocum clearly places empathy and ensemble eloquence over solo fireworks, with sublime results.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Start: April 5, 2014 8:00 pm
End: April 5, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

March 31, 2014

Jazzschool Studio Band at Freight & Salvage


This award-winning high school ensemble takes the stage for their end-of-quarter performance at the Freight & Salvage. The Studio Band will perform music by Joey Calderazzo, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker-Don Grolnick-Mike Stern, Gil Evans, Thad Jones, John Abercrombie, Jimmie Lunceford and Dave Eshelman. Featuring an opening set by Jazzschool Advanced High School Workshops I & II, directed by Dr. Michael Zilber and Erik Jekabson. Please visit freightandsalvage.org for tickets.

Start: March 31, 2014 8:00 pm
End: March 31, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: Freight & Salvage
Phone: 510-644-2020
2020 Addison St, Berkeley, 94704, United States

March 30, 2014

2014 Jazz Search West Competition

Jazz Search West

Jazz Search West SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 3 PM

Join Jazz Search West at the Jazzschool for the last of their four talent search competitions for solo instrumentalist and vocalists. Contestants will perform for a panel of Bay Area jazz professionals and a live audience. At the end of each competition, four finalists will be selected to continue to the Semi-Final at the Freight and Salvage and then on to the Grand Finale at Yoshi’s Oakland.

Attendance is free and open to the public. To learn more about Jazz Search West or how to apply as a contestant, please visit Jazzsearchwest.com.


Start: March 30, 2014 3:00 pm
End: March 30, 2014 6:00 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
Phone: 510-845-5373
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

March 29, 2014

Young Musicians Program Concerts

Young Musicians Performances

Winter Youth Student Performances • SATURDAY MARCH 29, 5 PM

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.

5:30 – 5:55 PM     HS Ens. (TH) – Colin Hogan
6:00 – 6:25 PM     Funk Ensemble – Joe Bagale
6:30 – 6:55 PM     HS Ens. (W 6:30) – Rob Ewing
7:00 – 7:25 PM     HS Ens. – Sista Kee

Start: March 29, 2014 5:00 pm
End: March 29, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
Phone: 510-845-5373
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

March 28, 2014

Women’s Jazz & Blues Camp Performance

Women's Jazz and Blues Camp

Women’s Jazz and Blues Camp FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 6 PM

The Women’s Jazz & Blues Camp is a supportive musical environment where students develop technical ability, style and improvisation skills in a supportive environment while networking with others who share their passion for music. Join these musicians as they present their end-of-camp performance!

Free performance – donations for Jazzschool Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp accepted.

Start: March 28, 2014 6:00 pm
End: March 28, 2014 6:00 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
Phone: 510-845-5373
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

March 25, 2014 – April 4, 2014

Community School Student Performances

Jazzschool Student Performances

JCMS Adult Student Performances MARCH 25 – APRIL 4

The Jazzschool’s Adult Program students take the stage for this end-of-quarter performance series. Come hear exciting sets from our many ensemble and vocal classes, including jazz, Brazilian, salsa, R&B and much more. This is a FREE event.

Date & Time Class Instructor
Tuesday March 25
5:30 – 5:55 PM McCain Jazz Ensemble – Section I Seward McCain
6:00 – 6:25 PM McCain Jazz Ensemble – Section II Seward McCain
6:30 – 6:55 PM Brazilian Ensemble (Fri) Marcos Silva
7:30 – 7:25
Brazilian Ensemble (Tues 6pm)
Marcos Silva
7:30 – 8:25 PM Piano Self-Accompaniment for Singers Jennifer Jolly
8:30 – 9:25 PM Musician, Singer, Artist, Storyteller Maye Cavallaro
Wednesday March 26
5:00 – 5:55 PM Pop & R&B Vocal Performance for Teens Kyra Gordon
6:00 – 6:25 PM Brazilian Ensemble (Thurs) Marcos Silva
6:30 – 6:55 PM Brazilian Ensemble (Wed) Marcos Silva
7:00 – 8:55 PM Blues Vocal Fun Shop Section I & II Pamela Rose
9:00 – 10:30 PM Contemporary Jazz Singer Laurie Antonioli
Thursday March 27
6:00 – 6:25 PM Brazilian Ensemble (Tues 8pm) Marcos Silva
6:30 – 7:25 PM Beginning Vocal Jazz Performance Ellen Johnson
7:30 – 8:25 PM Jamming Jazz Singers Ellen Johnson
8:30 – 8:55 PM Hard Bop Ensemble Dave LeFebvre
9:10 – 10:00 PM Big Band Dave Le Febvre
Saturday March 29
11:00 – 11:25 AM Latin Percussion Omar Ledezma
11:30 – 11:55 AM Piano Trio – Section VI Mark Levine
12:00 – 12:25 PM Jazz Standards for Gigs II Glenn Richman
12:30 – 12:55 PM Jazz Standards for Gigs III Glenn Richman
1:00 – 1:25 PM Jazz Standards for Gigs IV Glenn Richman
1:30 – 1:55 PM Blues & Groove Workshop Caron & Paule
2:00 – 2:55 PM For the Love of Singing Faith Winthrop
4:00 – 4:30 PM The 21st Century Singer Stephanie Bruce
5:30 – 5:55 PM HS Ens. (TH) Hogan
6:00 – 6:25 PM Funk Ensemble Bagale
6:30 – 6:55 PM HS Ens. (W 6:30) Ewing
7:00 – 7:25 PM HS Ens. Gamble
Monday March 31
5:00 – 5:55 PM From Glee and Beyond — Musical Theater for Teens Helman
6:00 – 7:25 PM Piano Trio Sections I – III Peter Horvath
7:30 – 7:55 PM Saxophone Ensemble Bill Aron
8:00 – 8:55 PM Guitar Trio Mimi Fox
Tuesday April 1
6:00 – 6:25 PM Salsa Workshop I David Belove
6:30 – 6:55 PM Salsa Workshop II (with Salsa Singing) Belove and Cambon
8:00 – 8:25 PM Piano Trio Section IV Debbie Poryes
8:30 – 8:55 PM Piano Trio Section V Debbie Poryes
Wednesday April 2
5:30 – 5:55 PM Jazz Ensemble Dave Scott
6:00 – 6:25 PM Post Bop Ensemble Kasey Knudsen
6:30 – 6:55 PM Bebop Ensemble Kasey Knudsen
7:00 – 7:55 PM R&B Vocal Performance Section I Raz Kennedy
8:00 – 9:55 PM R&B Vocal Performance Section II Raz Kennedy
Thursday April 3
6:00 – 6:25 PM Jazz Standards for Gigs Section I Glenn Richman
6:30 – 6:55 PM Music of the Masters Glenn Richman
7:00 – 7:25 PM
7:30 – 7:55 PM Beginning Jazz Ensemble Rob Ewing
8:00 – 8:55 PM Music of the Brecker Brothers Frank Martin
9:00 – 9:55 PM World Groove African Ensemble Jennifer Jolly
Start: March 25, 2014 5:00 pm
End: April 4, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
Phone: 510-845-5373
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

March 23, 2014

Vocal Jam Session

Angharad Jones

Vocal Jam SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 7 PM

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

Start: March 23, 2014 7:00 pm
End: March 23, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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