Merrilee was an early supporter of the Monterey Jazz Festival and played a large role in increasing the awareness of the Berkeley JazzSchool.
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.