There is almost too much to choose from on June 30. Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, the saxophonist David Murray and the percussionist Kahil El’Zabar, and Endangered Blood are all playing.
San Francisco pianist and composer Jon Jang celebrates the release of his latest album, 'The Pledge of Black Asian Allegiance' (Asian Improv) on Wednesday at the California Jazz Conservatory.
Making her Berkeley debut, Davis will perform from her 2018 album, "Heart Tonic." On Saturday, the Berkeley tandem of pianist/composer Myra Melford and clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg will play.
The saxophonist combines his jazz mastery and passion for the 'fab four' with the debut performance of John & Paul Reimagined Friday at the California Jazz Conservatory featuring vocalist Joe Bagale.
There will be some great performances in Berkeley this weekend including by DakhaBrakha, by the Brazilian-born Berkeley High alum, Ian Faquini, and the klezmer trio Veretski Pass.
For Black History Month, venues around Berkeley will be presenting an amazing array of music.
Two concerts will offer compelling takes on how musicians honor the artists from whom they draw creative sustenance. One honors Hank Jones, the other honors George Jones.
Of the several new music venues slated to open this year in Berkeley, the Back Room will probably be the comfiest.
If the actor who intones “stay thirsty my friends” ever gives up his Dos Equis gig, the brewery should look into hiring Roger Glenn as a pitchman. The veteran jazz musician could run ploymathic laps around that poseur who claims the title of “the world’s most interesting man.”
For the vast majority of musicians making an album is a money-losing proposition these days, a time-intensive undertaking that’s hard to justify looking at the bottom line. But the urge to make a statement, the call to document a particular program of music interpreted by a specific cadre of collaborators, is no less potent, which is why drummer/composer Bryan Bowman rounded up some of the region’s finest improvisers for his album Like Minds.
At the age of 50, with her children safely out of the house and enrolled in college, Berkeley psychologist Susan Brand decided to pursue a longtime dream of learning to play jazz piano. She knew it wouldn’t be easy, “but I had no idea how difficult it was going to be,” she says. “It’s been a steep learning curve ever since then.”
A consummate musician who can be found playing jazz, salsa, samba, rock, fusion and any number of other styles, Fred Randolph is one of the busiest bassists in the Bay Area. The story of how he attained that enviable status is full of unlikely twists, with several instrumental detours along the way.