Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

California Jazz Conservatory
2040 Addison Street
Berkeley CA 94704  


The California Jazz Conservatory aspires to be an internationally recognized preeminent music conservatory dedicated to the study and performance of jazz and related styles of music from throughout the world. The institution educates future genera­tions to sustain the jazz art form.


The California Jazz Conservatory is a music conservatory provid­ing a dynamic community of students, artists, educators, scholars and audiences with a forum to study, perform, teach, research, appreciate and enjoy jazz and related styles of music from throughout the world. Comprising two distinct education programs, the California Jazz Conservatory, a postsecondary degree-granting program, and the Jazzschool Community Music School, a non-degree-granting community education program, the institution honors the contributions of past masters and promotes artistic innovation, bring­ing together a diverse music community to de­velop practical skills, acquire artistic sensibility, realize creative potential and find artistic voice.

Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, January 21 2020 7:30 PM
Way Out West Concert Series - Scott Amendola Quartet

Scott Amendola Quartet

Original music by everyone, plus a possible interesting cover.

Scott Amendola-drums/percussion/electronics, Raffi Garabedian-tenor saxophone, Danny Lubin-laden- trombone, Zach Ostroff-acoustic bass

Scott Amendola: Drummer/Composer/Bandleader/Educator  More...

Friday, January 24 2020 8:00 PM
Marta Sanchez - piano, Roman Filiu - alto saxophone, Raffi Garabedian - tenor saxophone, Miles Wick - bass, Evan Hughes - drums  More...

Friday, May 22 2020 8:00 PM
Apura: Improvised Music for the Revolution
featuring Karl Evangelista (gtr), Alexander Hawkins (p), Louis Moholo-Moholo (dms), Francis Wong (sax)

Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista presents Apura (Tagalog for “Very Urgent”), a thrilling new composition meant to explore the relationship between jazz-based musical improvisation and social transformation in an era of worldwide political upheaval.

Apura uses original musical content, live projection, and spoken word components to tie the revolutionary music of the past to the activist music of the present day, touching on American, South African, and Filipino musical traditions.

Apura unites two veteran musicians, legendary South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo (his first visit to the US West Coast since the 1980’s!) and Asian American Jazz icon Francis Wong, with firebrand pianist Alexander Hawkins (UK) and experimental music powerhouse Evangelista.  More...