Saturday, August 25, 2007

Fall '07 Concert Series at the Jazzschool

The Jazzschool's Fall 2007 Concert Series, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the school's founding in September 1997, was announced today by Jazzschool Executive Director Susan Muscarella. "In addition to the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival, which begins today and runs for five days," says Muscarella, "we have put together an incredibly diverse group of headliners for our fall series. These talented artists exemplify the Jazzschool's mission to celebrate jazz and related styles of music from around the world. We are thrilled to present them to our students and to the community at large."

The fall concert series gets underway on Saturday 9/22 with a performance by guitarist Bobby Broom and his trio, in his Bay Area debut as a leader. Broom, longtime member of Sonny Rollins's band as well as a distinguished jazz educator based in Chicago, will also be teaching a master class at the school that afternoon.

On 9/30, saxophonist Robert Stewart performs a Tribute to John Coltrane, the first of several "Tribute to the Masters" concerts planned for the fall and beyond. Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, and Sonny Rollins are among the jazz saxophone legends who'll be honored in the coming months.

The new Vocal Frontiers Series kicks off with a 10/14 concert by Inga Swearingen and her pianist Bill Peterson, followed by Theo Bleckmann and the Refuge Trio on 10/27 and, on 12/1, the breathtaking a cappella trio WeBe3 (left), with Rhiannon, Joey Blake, and David Worm. Other vocalists appearing at the Jazzschool this fall are Faye Carol (10/6), Margie Baker (11/3), and Ed Reed (11/11).

The Jazzschool 10th Anniversary Celebration will take place at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Jack London Square on Tuesday 10/9. Featured artists are Madeline Eastman and the Randy Porter Trio; Wayne Wallace and Rhythm 'n Rhyme; Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge; and Marcos Silva and Intersection.

Among the other artists set to perform this fall at the Jazzschool Nightclub are pianist Frank Martin, with Abraham Laboriel and Alex Acuna (9/23); John Handy (10/7); the Sheldon Brown Group (10/19); drummer Eddie Marshall and Holy Mischief (10/20); and the Dave Liebman Group (11/4). Jazzschool Executive Director Susan Muscarella and her trio (Robb Fisher, bass; Mike Clark, drums) will play the annual Sunday afternoon Halloween celebration concert 10/28.

As always, the quarter will close out with a week of Jazzschool student performances, scheduled for 12/10-16.

All of the shows, unless otherwise noted, take place in the Jazzschool Nightclub, Hardymon Hall. The Jazzcaffè, immediately adjacent to the performance space, serves dinner and drinks. Doors open one hour prior to performance; open seating is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.

Tickets are available online (; by phone (toll-free 1-866-384-3060) Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; or in person at the school, Monday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays 10 am to 3 pm.

The Jazzschool ( and Nightclub are located in the historic Kress Building at 2087 Addison Street (at Shattuck), in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District.

The Fall 2007 Concert Series has been made possible in part by a generous gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Jazzschool 10th Anniversary Celebration has been made possible in part by support from Wells Fargo and the Bernard Osher Foundation.


9/21 Cuarteto Latinoamericano de Saxofones,
lecture/demonstration, 8:00 pm, $15
(9/22 Concert at La Peña, 8:00 pm, $20)
9/22 Bobby Broom Trio, 8:00 pm, $20
9/23 Dr. Karlton Hester, lecture/demonstration, 12 noon-
2:00 pm, $30/45
9/23 Frank Martin Group, w/ Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuña,
4:30 pm, $18
9/28 John Pallowich (alto sax), w/ Danny Mertens Trio,
8:00 pm, $10
9/29 Happy Hour (all-star quintet w/ Erik Jekabson, Michael
Zilber), 8:00 pm, $15/$18
9/30 The Robert Stewart Experience - A Tribute to John
Coltrane, 4:30 pm, $15/$18

10/6 The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, 8:00 pm, $18
10/7 John Handy, 4:30 pm, $20
10/9 Jazzschool 10th Anniversary Celebration at Yoshi's,
Jack London Square, w/ Madeline Eastman & the Randy
Porter Trio, Wayne Wallace & Rhythm 'n Rhyme,
Mark Levine & the Latin Tinge, Marcos Silva &
Intersection, 7:30 pm, $125 (fund-raiser)
10/12 Katzen Kapell, 8:00 pm, $15
(made possible by a generous gift from the Barbro Osher
Pro Suecia Foundation)
10/13 California Poet Laureate Al Young in Concert!,
8:00 pm, $15
10/14 Vocal Frontiers Series: Inga Swearingen &
Bill Peterson, 4:30 pm, $15
10/19 Sheldon Brown Group, 8:00 pm, $15
10/20 Eddie Marshall & Holy Mischief, 8:00 pm, $18/$15
10/21 CDQ+2 (Christy Dana Quartet Plus Two), 4:30 pm,
10/27 The Refuge Trio (w/ Theo Bleckmann, John
Hollenbeck, Gary Versace), 8:00 pm,$18
10/28 Susan Muscarella Trio w/ Robb Fisher, Mike Clark,
4:30 pm, $20

11/3 Margie Baker & Friends, 8:00 pm, $12/$15
11/4 David Liebman Group, 4:300 pm, $20
11/9 For Peace (feat. Glenn Richman, Matt Clark, Brad
Buethe, Eddie Marshall), 8:00 pm, $15
11/10 John Calloway & Diaspora, 8:00 pm, $15
11/11 Ed Reed, 4:30 pm, $18/$15
11/16 Studio Band under the direction of Keith Johnson,
8:00 pm, $10
11/17 Greg Murai & Everyday Wisdom, 8:00 pm, $12/$15
11/30 Terrence Brewer Quintet, 8:00 pm, $12/$15

12/1 Vocal Frontiers Series: WeBe3 (Rhiannon, Joey Blake,
David Worm), 8:00 pm, $20
12/2 Ambrose Akinmusire Project, 4:30 pm, $20
(This concert has been made possible in part by a generous gift from
Diane Wyatt.)
12/7 Jazz and More! (Oaktown Jazz Workshop students,
under the direction of Khalil Shaheed), 8:00 pm, $10
12/8 The Snake Trio, 8:00 pm, $15
12/9 Tito y Su Son de Cuba, feat. Coto Pincheira, 4:30 pm,
12/10-16 Jazzschool Student Performance Series,
free admission
12/23 Trumpet Supergroup Holiday Concert (w/ Dave Scott,
Mark Inouye, Mario Guarneri, Mike Olmos, Erik Jekabson),
4:30 pm, $15

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