December 21, 2013
Mike Sweetland Quartet
Join bassist and composer Mike Sweetland as he celebrates his latest release Real Life Reel Time. A groove centric album with roots from East Bay funk to Brazilian chorro to jazz. It’s a groove-centric blend that features the great drummer Jay Lane (of Primus, Charlie Hunter & Bob Weir fame), Grammy award winning composer and pianist Marcos Silva and percussionist and marimba maestro Dillon Vado.
Sulu y Sus Rebeldes
This group of Jazzschool Institute rising stars draws from many rich traditions, including Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Latin music. Featuring Alejandra Carasco-Zanini; vocals/percussion; Sue Jewell, piano/vocals; Lu Salcedo, guitar; Mike Sweetland, bass; and Kevin Coleman, drums.
December 22, 2013
The Bay Area’s most accomplished trumpet players team up to celebrate the holidays. Featuring Dave Scott, Erik Jekabson, Mike Olmos, Mario Guarneri, Doug Morton, Mark Inouye. With Scott Foster on Guitar, Daniel Fabricant on Bass, and Surya Prakasha on drums.
January 9, 2014
Andrew Emer is a California native currently residing in New York City. He grew up studying with legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden and 2nd chair LA Philharmonic bassist Peter Rofe. In 1998 he moved to New York city where he has had the pleasure of performing and touring with various jazz and rock groups. Emer has performed with Lee Konitz, Billy Higgins, Donald Byrd, Michael Cain, Jeff Ballard, Tony Sher, Kenny Wollesen, Phil Rowen, Chris Cheek, Waddada Leo Smith, Buddy Collett, Carl Allen, Mike Clark, Bruce Forman, Will Bernard, Josh Jones, Adam Theis, John Popper (Blues Traveler), Slide Hampton and Stephen Perkins of Janes Addiction.
Sri Lankan and Portuguese Australian born saxophonist and composer Jacam Manricks was raised in an extremely musical family. His parents were resident classical musicians in the state symphony in his hometown of Brisbane and his grandfather was a famous Portuguese jazz clarinetist and saxophonist in Sri Lanka. As a child Jacam frequently attended his parents’ symphony concerts and was introduced to jazz at home through his father’s’ jazz record collection. Due to these surroundings, Jacam was able to build a diverse musical foundation from a young age that combined jazz and classical music, two genres that continue to influence his music today. Jacam began studying piano at age 5 and the alto saxophone at 9. His formal musical training continued in New York in 2001, culminating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz composition, performance and pedagogy from the Manhattan School of Music in 2007.
January 10, 2014
E.W. Wainwright’s celebrates the release of his new album, Blessed and Highly Favored. Special guests guest include John Santos, Richard Howell, Destiny Mohammed, Gary Brown, Frederick Harris, Quinese Atkins and The African Roots of Jazz Youth Drummers.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Golden Gate Cancer center in Berkeley.
January 11, 2014
Heavily influenced by the American Songbook, Clifford Brown III, Josh Jones, and Brian Ho apply a modern jazz aesthetic to traditional jazz values. A classic organ trio sound with a modern twist. Featuring Clifford Brown III on trumpet, Josh Jones on drums and Brian Ho on the Hammond B3 Organ.
January 12, 2014
Take the stage and sing the blues with a killer band! Hosted by acclaimed vocalist Pamela Rose, this special Jazzschool vocal jam session is open to all singers. Please arrive by 6:30 to sign up to sing. No charts needed, but singers should be prepared to explain the form of their song in a few words (e.g. “12-bar blues in the key of F, shuffle”).
Pamela Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist and educator who thrills audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. Rose is that rare breed of entertainer who connects solidly with her audience by always delivering a personal and unforgettable musical experience. Pamela’s Blues Vocal Workshops at the Jazzschool are always filled to the brim, and she loves teaching singers how to sit in with blues bands!
About the band:
Garth Webber is a legendary blues guitarist. He has toured and performed with Gregg Allman, Bill Champlin, Lydia Pense, Pamela Rose, Robben and Mark Ford, Miles Davis and Mose Allison, among others.
Chicago born Willie Riser is the first call bassist for touring blues legends Otis Clay, Carla Thomas, Lady Bianca, Frank Biner, Jules Broussard, Jackie Payne, & Ernie Johnson.
Drummer Rob Rhodes is a regular Jazzschool Blues Vocal Funshop accompanist, and has performed with Ledisi, Mary Wilson, Ed Kelly, Roy Obiedo, Denise Perrier and Faye Carol.
January 17, 2014
The Adam Shulman Trio performs an evening of standards and jazz tunes steeped in the tradition of the great trios of the bop era. Featuring Adam Shulman on piano, John Wiitala on bass and Smith Dobson on drums.
Adam can be seen as a sideman with countless bay area musicians and vocalists such as John Wittala, Vince Lateano, Andrew Speight, Dayna Stephens, Erik Jekabson, Gary Brown, Patrick Wolff, Faye Carrol, Ian Carey, and Mike Zilber among many others. Adam has played as a sideman with internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Miguel Zenon, Mark Murphy, Alan Harris, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Ratzo Harris, Larry Coryell, Bobby Hutcherson and with the Glen Miller Orchestra. adamshulman.com
January 18, 2014
Jazz up your Saturday night with vocalist Tom Signore, a warm and engaging interpreter of contemporary tunes, American Songbook classic standards, and cabaret favorites, ranging from the comedic to the sublime.
Tom Signore draws on a lifetime of classical and jazz music study, having played clarinet and soprano saxophone in small jazz combos and concert ensembles, and singing in choral groups, cabaret performances, community musical theater, and piano trios. Tom is a longtime friend and student of the Jazzschool, where he continues to study instrumental and vocal jazz theory and performance. More recently, you’ll find Tom crooning at locals clubs, such as San Francisco’s Savanna Jazz Club in the Mission, and at Sheba Piano Lounge in the Fillmore.
January 19, 2014
This workshop focuses on various aspects of Gypsy jazz guitar in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Topics include rhythm, picking, scales, arpeggios, chords, soloing, and more. One-on-one evaluation is available to all attendees, with a directed jam at the conclusion of the workshop, time permitting. Bring your instrument, recording device (or paper and pencil) and questions!Sunday,
Guitarist Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco.
Paul Bley’s career spans six decades. He played bebop in New York in the 1950s, was influential in the creation of free jazz with Ornette Coleman in Los Angeles, was an early proponent of synthesizers, had a cutting edge record label in the 1970s and has performed with many of the major names in jazz. Meanwhile, he managed to create a unique piano style that has influenced artists from Keith Jarrett to Ethan Iverson. In this workshop, we’ll listen to selections from Bley’s career and discuss them in terms piano technique and historical context. We’ll also look at his compositions and those of his longtime collaborator, Annette Peacock.
Michael Coleman is an Oakland-based pianist and keyboardist. He has performed, toured and recorded with a wide range of local artists as well with his own groups. He studied jazz piano at Oberlin College.