Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

                 
California Jazz Conservatory
2040 Addison Street
Berkeley CA 94704  
510-845-5373

VISION

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.

MISSION

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.
https://cjc.edu/

Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, December 11 2018 7:30 PM
Way Out West Concert Series - Matt Renzi's "Arm-Sized Legging"

Arm Sized Legging is project consisting of woodwinds (saxophone, oboe, english horn), violin, cello, bass and drums, playing a repertoire of all original compositions. The music explores textures and colors as well as the various sonorities of the strings, woodwinds and drums combined together in a unique way. Although many parts are written out, there is also plenty of room for improvisation and the group makes use of free-form as well as traditional song forms to use as the basis of collective soloing. The addition of the cello to the standard Jazz saxophone trio adds a contemporary classical flavor to the mix.

Matt Renzi- saxophone, oboe, english horn
Helen Newby- cello
John Wiitala- bass
Tim Bulkley- drums  More...

Tuesday, January 15 2019 7:30 PM
Way Out West Concert Series - Nathan Clevenger Group

An evening of new and recent compositions as the Nathan Clevenger Group prepares to record their 3rd album.

Kasey Knudsen: alto sax
Cory Wright: tenor sax, clarinet, flute
Rachel Condry: bass clarinet, clarinet
Lisa Mezzacappa: bass
Jon Arkin: drums
Jason Levis: drums, percussion
Tim DeCillis: vibes, percussion
Nathan Clevenger: guitar

The Nathan Clevenger Group has been playing sideways-but-melodic jazz-adjacent music in the Bay Area since 2003. Recently expanded to a percussion-heavy octet, the band is exploring a new series of pieces featuring dense rhythmic and melodic counterpoint and preparing to record their 3rd album in January 2019. KQED's Andrew Gilbert kindly opined: "Drawing on orchestral jazz concepts pioneered by Duke Ellington, Sun Ra and Gil Evans, (Clevenger) revels in coaxing a kaleidoscopic array of voicings from the band, writing extended dreamscapes that unfold with their own quirky internal logic."  More...