Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 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:
Wednesday, September 26 2018 7:30 PM
Darren Johnston’s Noisy Strangers – Bye Bye Bartók
Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 pm, Rendon Hall at California Jazz Conservatory

A jazzy re-imagining of great chamber and symphonic music themes

What if Béla Bartók wrote “Bye Bye Blackbird”? What if Charlie Parker wrote a prelude in E, or Sun Ra, a symphony in C? We may never know, but four Bay Area voices come together to groove, swing, and do their thing over themes by Bach, Bartok, Satie, Tchaikovsky, and others, followed by a set of their own compositions. Chamber jazz from the heart, this evening marks the third performance of this exciting new quartet.

Darren Johnston – trumpet Matt Renzi – clarinet, tenor sax, English horn Adam Shulman – piano Eric Vogler – upright bass

This ensemble’s name was bestowed upon them by Darren’s cats on the day of their first rehearsal at his house. A drummer-less group, they’re actually not all that noisy.  More...