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, September 17 2019 7:30 PM
Scott R. Looney Trio

Pianist Scott R. Looney teams up with fellow sonic adventurers Lisa Mezzacapa and Kjell Nordeson, for an evening of multitimbral piano trio music featuring original compositions, interpretations, and improvisations.

Scott R Looney - piano, hyperpiano
Lisa Mezzacapa - acoustic bass
Kjell Nordeson - percussion

Scott R. Looney has always been interested in the creation and performance of compelling sounds across a broad spectrum of contemporary, improvised, and experimental music. He has studied composition and improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Morton Subotnick, David Rosenboom, and Frederic Rzewski, obtaining his MFA in Composition from California Institute of the Arts. After moving to New York, and finally to the San Francisco Bay area, he became more interested in expanding the timbral possibilities of the piano, and using pianists such as Denman Maroney as a starting point, has forged a signature style using the inside and outside of the piano, plucking strings, using metal implements and other quick preparations, in combination to playing the piano normally. He has also developed a flexible, expressive voice with electronics which is as effective as his many piano textures are.

Scott has recorded and/or performed with Oliver Lake, Frank Gratkowski, Wolfgang Fuchs, Jon Raskin, Joelle Leandre, Henry Kaiser, Gianni Gebbia, Gino Robair, Joe Morris, and Paul Smoker, to name a few. He has played in numerous local and international festivals such as the Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Olympia Experimental Festival, Big Sur Experimental Music Fest, and the Line Space Line Festival in LA.  More...

Friday, September 27 2019 8:00 PM
Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra West

Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra West
Trumpeter/slide trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer Steven Bernstein helps keep the New York music scene fun, fresh, and full of surprises. Bernstein’s nine-piece “little big band” Millennial Territory Orchestra is a delightful showcase of his witty, genre-crossing, and sometimes irreverent approach to writing and arranging music. The group performs early swing gems, songs by The Beatles, Don Redman, The Grateful Dead, Duke Ellington, Sly & the Family Stone, Prince, and originals—all reinterpreted with the feel of an early 20th Century dance band that was somehow exposed to nearly an extra century’s worth of contemporary musical ideas. You’ll recognize some of the songs, but you’ve never heard or felt them like this before.

In addition to MTO Steven Bernstein fronts Sexmob and leads the Town Hall Ensemble. He co-led Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 with the great Henry Butler,and performs regularly with Little Feat and The Midnight Ramble Band. Over a distinguished 30-year career, he’s performed and arranged for the likes of Lou Reed, The Lounge Lizards, Sam Rivers, Levon Helm, U2, Marianne Faithfull and Bill Frisell among numerous others.

MTO West is the “West Coast” version of the Millennial Territory Orchestra, and features some of the Bay Area’s most accomplished musicians.

Steven Bernstein, trumpet, slide trumpet, arranger
Jenny Scheinman, violin
Ben Goldberg, clarinet
Howard Wiley, tenor & soprano saxophone
Rob Sudduth, baritone & soprano saxophone
Jeff Cressman trombone
John Schott guitar
Tony Scherr bass
Scott Amendola drums  More...