International Jazz Day is but a week off and it’s good to know Berkeley’s California Jazz Conservatory will contribute to the global festivities.
The Conservatory in conjunction with the Downtown Berkeley Association will celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30 with free music and raffles at the Downtown Berkeley BART plaza.
Live jazz performed by CJC students and faculty will be the main event to commemorate this day, which was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. Starting at 4 p.m. at the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza, bassist, composer and CJC professor Jeff Denson will lead the Conservatory’s degree program student jazz ensemble. At 5 p.m., the Jazzschool Community Music School’s Brazilian ensemble will take the stage with multi-instrumentalist and faculty member Marcos Silva.
In addition, CJC will be live-streaming the All-Star Global Concert from Paris, the 2015 host city for International Jazz Day. Some of the featured performers include Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Diane Reeves, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller and Terri Lynne Carrington. Everyone is welcome to watch the live event from the CJC’s Hardymon Hall, a performance space located within the conservatory (2087 Addison St.) adjacent to the Jazzcaffè.
The annual Jazz on the Wharf is set for Sunday in Santa Cruz.
With a beautiful backdrop of the Monterey Bay, top jazz musicians perform outdoors and in wharf restaurants as Jazz on the Wharf celebrate all that is cool in Santa Cruz. Stroll the half-mile wharf and soak up everything from smooth jazz to swing while enjoying scenic views, shopping, dining and recreation.
11 a.m.: Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band
12:15 p.m.: Jeannine Bonstelle
1:30 p.m.: Wally’s Swing World
4 p.m.: Jeff Kashiwa
Also this just in from Monterey.
Monterey Jazz Festival and the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa announce the third installment of “Wine, Dine and Jazz” events to benefit the Festival’s jazz education programs.
The third “Wine, Dine and Jazz” will take place May 14 at the TusCA Ristorante at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, hosted by chef Steve Johnson.
“Wine Dine and Jazz” features a four-course meal paired with Twisted Roots Wines, with special jazz-inspired desserts created by Leigh Zimmerman and Domenick Allen of Monterey Meringues. Dinner is served during a live jazz performance by Hyatt jazz director/drummer David Morwood, and members of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s County All-Star Band and Honor Vocal Ensembles directed by Paul Contos. The Monterey County All-Stars are hand-selected jazz students from Monterey County schools.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the Festival’s local jazz education programs that affect over 1500 students from 26 Monterey County middle and high schools—including the Traveling Clinicians, Summer Jazz Camp, Instrument Bank and Sheet Music Library, and County All-Star Band programs.
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