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
Learn the essential patterns and grooves for playing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha rhythms on bongos and cowbell. Danilo Paiz demonstrates proper technique, patterns and fills, providing ample feedback for students of all levels. Beginners will learn the basics, while more advanced players receive an assessment of their current technique and suggestions to enhance their playing. Students are encouraged but not required to bring their own bongo.
Danilo Paiz is a master percussionist who honed his skills with Latin jazz legends like Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades, Cal Tjader and Dizzy Gillespie. He has performed in the Bay Area and beyond for several decades playing percussion, drums and guitar, as well as singing and appearing with his band, Orquesta Universal.
Learn the essential patterns and grooves for playing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha rhythms on conga drums. Instructor demonstrates proper technique, patterns and fills, providing ample feedback for students of all levels. Beginners will learn the basics, while more advanced players receive an assessment of their current technique and suggestions to enhance their playing.
Transcribing music from recordings is an essential practice with many benefits for aspiring musicians. In this workshop, students are introduced both to traditional transcription techniques as well as the various notation and playback computer programs now available. Instructor demonstrates techniques using Sibelius notation software and Transcribe!, an inexpensive software program which allows you to loop and adjust the speed and EQ of selected recordings for transcription purposes.
Bay Area pianist Bob Karty is well known for his work with several top Brazilian and Latin jazz musicians including Ray Obiedo and Pete Escovedo. He is a founding member of Orquesta La Moderna Tradición and teaches jazz and salsa piano.
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
For both musicians and fans, renowned pianist Larry Vuckovich offers a unique workshop highlighting the history of jazz piano. Larry will feature recordings of the masters and also demonstrate on piano their signature styles. Starting with the New Orleans sounds of Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Larry moves through swing era piano of Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum, and on to bebop era innovations of Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Barry Harris. Vuckovich proceeds to the original jazz expressions of Erroll Garner, followed by the hard bop inflections of Red Garland and Sonny Clark, the post bop changes of Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, and the further post bop extensions of Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea. He concludes with the free jazz and atonal piano improvisation of Cecil Taylor. This exciting overview captures the characteristic harmonic, melodic and rhythmic expressions of a wide spectrum of jazz piano giants.
Larry Vuckovich gained first-hand knowledge from performances or recordings with many of the jazz greats including Dexter Gordon, Charles McPherson, Charlie Haden, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. Larry has been associated with several piano icons, such as Bud Powell, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and as the only student of Vince Guaraldi.