June Student Recitals

Students demonstrate all of the skills and knowledge they have gained in their musical studies thus far. These fantastic events feature students of all ages and abilities.

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A Tribute to Kenny Kirkland with The Anne Sajdera Quintet

Harvey Wainapel, sax
Anne Sajdera, piano
Gary Brown, bass
Deszon Claiborne, drums
Ami Molinelli Hart, percussion

Though he only recorded one album as leader (1991), Kenny Kirkland’s genre-spanning work with major modern artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Miroslav Vitous, & Sting among others, gives him a uniquely honored place in the world of jazz and music in general. In this concert, pianist/composer Anne Sajdera and her Quintet will perform compositions from his 1991 recording as well as representative samples from the wide spectrum of Kirkland’s discography as a sideman. The quintet will also play a pair of Sajdera’s original compositions inspired particularly by Kirkland’s genius & creativity.

Pianist/composer Anne Sajdera has long been an invaluable part of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene—as leader of her own trio and performing with artists such as Alexa Weber Morales, Terrence Brewer and Sandy Cressman. Her outstanding debut Azul (JAZZIZ Magazine 2012 Top Ten Critic’s Poll, Latin Jazz Corner’s Great Latin Jazz Albums from 2012, number 5 for best new talent 2012 Jazz Station blog), released by her label (Bijuri Records) and co-produced by Ray Obiedo, highlights her exquisite touch, rhythmic acuity, and melodic resourcefulness. Sajdera’s newest project, a 10-piece jazz orchestra with strings and horns, weave together her roots in American and Brazilian jazz and her European and Hindustani classical training to create a unique musical tapestry.


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Student “Collaborations” Performances

Academy students perform with one another in duos, trios, quartets and more.

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Pianist Erika Oba Presents the Music of Carla Bley

This performance is the first of three in March featuring women in Jazz, as part of Jim Bennett’s In The Moment Concert Series. Jazz in the Neighborhood is pleased to announce that the musicians at this event will be paid in part through the Guaranteed Fair Wages Fund, a pilot program being undertaken by Mario Guarneri to ensure that performers receive guaranteed compensation regardless of ticket sales (and with no tip jar!)

Pianist Erika Oba will be joined by electric bassist Ariane Cap and tenor saxophonist Eli Maliwan to present an evening of music exploring the sonic possibilities of a drummer-less trio. They will pay tribute to Carla Bley and present arrangements and interpretations of selections from her vast body of work. Additionally, the trio will present original compositions and exploratory improvisations.

Erika Oba is a composer, pianist/flutist, and educator based in the SF Bay Area. As a composer she has written works commissioned by the Montclair Women’s Big Band, and Frances Feldon and the Galax Quartet. As a performer she is a member of the Montclair Women’s Big Band, Mara Performance Collective, Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble, electro-jazz duo Rice Kings, and The Sl(e)ight Ensemble. She is currently on faculty with the Jazzschool Community Music School’s youth program, as well as their annual Women’s Jazz and Blues camp and Girls’ Jazz and Blues camp. She has worked as a dance accompanist for Berkeley Ballet Theater, and as a music director for Berkeley Playhouse’s youth program. She received her BM in Jazz Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and her MA in Music Composition from Mills College.

Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pianist-erika-oba-presents-the-music-of-carla-bley-tickets-31740946024

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The Lorca Hart Organ Trio

Jazz in the Neighborhood is pleased to announce that the musicians at this event will be paid in part through the Guaranteed Fair Wages Fund, a pilot program being undertaken by Mario Guarneri to ensure that performers receive guaranteed compensation regardless of ticket sales (and with no tip jar!)

The Lorca Hart Organ Trio – featuring Brian Ho on organ, Mike Scott on guitar and Lorca on drums – is rooted in the classic Jazz organ sound (Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, Jazz Standards and Be Bop) but also explores more contemporary elements (originals, John Scofield, Joshua Redman, John Ellis, R+B and pop compositions) to create it’s own unique musical identity.

Lorca Hart –

Drummer Lorca Hart grew up in Taos, New Mexico in a musical family. He is the son of drumming titan Billy Hart. However, he has been carving out his own niche on the instrument. In high school he started to perform and focus on Jazz. He attended California Institute of the Arts from 1992-96, studying with Albert “Tootie” Heath, Joe La Barbera, Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, and many others.

Since that time Lorca has worked consistently in a variety of musical situations, performing with many of the West Coast’s (and beyond) finest artists including : Ralph Moore, Carmen Lundy, Freddie Hubbard, Calvin Keys, Stanley Jordan, Craig Handy, Kyle Eastwood, Herman Riley, Azar Lawrence, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson, John Heard, Danny Grissett, Justo Almario, Bennie Maupin, Hugh Masekela, Bobby Rodriguez, the Clayton Brothers, Anthony Wilson, and Julian Lage.

Brian Ho-

Brian started playing piano at age five and began to teach and play in bands at age 16. It was also that same year where he learned to play Hammond Organ in a predominately African American Church where he played raucous hymns and soaring gospel. After spending his college years at UC Davis, he moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a career in jazz. Since then he’s gained critical acclaim and is one of the first call Hammond Organists players in the Bay Area. He’s been playing throughout the country as a leader and sideman.

“Brian Ho is a Bay Area Organist that I’m really digging these days. He’s sounds good, doing some cool stuff, and keeping the tradition alive…the future of jazz organ is in good hands.”
– Joey DeFrancesco

In 2012 Brian released his debut recording, Organic, which charted on the CMJ and Jazzweek charts. The album features Calvin Keys on guitar, Oscar Pangilinan on sax, and Lorca Hart on drums. Brian was also on the Calvin Key’s 2015 release, “Close Enough For Love” that went to number 15 on the Jazzweek charts.

Some of the notable places he has performed is the Stanford Jazz Festival (multiple performances), SF Jazz, San Jose Jazz Festival (multiple performances), Belize Jazz Festival, Healdsburg Jazz Fest, Yoshis (Oakland, SF), Benecia Jazz Festival, Sonoma Jazz Festival, Sequoia Room @ North Coast Brewing, and Cafe Stritch. He’s also had the opportunity to play or record with Richie Cole, Calvin Keys, Akira Tana, Mimi Fox, Paul Bollenback, Sylvia Cuenca, Josh Jones, Leon Joyce, Dave Ellis, Melicio Magdaluyo, Annie Sellick, Christian Tamburr, Peppe Merolla, Chuck McPherson, Bob Kenmotsu, Tony Peebles, Terrence Brewer, Lorca Hart, Clifford Brown III, Rick Vandavier, Wally Schnalle, Oscar Pangilinan, Maikel Garcia, Nicholas Bearde, Jason Lewis, and many more.

Mike Scott –

Guitarist Mike Scott plays with equal parts energy and spirit, lyricism, swing, creativity, a soulful and expressive touch, and always with a well crafted sense of rhythm. Mike is currently a full-time faculty member at Fullerton College. At Fullerton Mike teaches both private lessons and courses in guitar study, History of Jazz and Rock Music and directs a jazz combo.

Some performance highlights include performing with Stevie Wonder at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, with Monica Mancini and the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as well as performances with some well known names in jazz, including Seamus Blake, Matt Wilson, Abraham Laboriel, Vince Mendoza, Darek Oles, Larry Koonse, Josh Nelson and Ben Wendel.


Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lorca-hart-organ-trio-tickets-31726716463

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Terrence Brewer celebrates Wes Montgomery’s “Full House.”

For this performance of the In The Moment Concert series, produced by KCSM’s Jim Bennett, guitarist Terrence Brewer presents a reimagining of his favorite Wes Montgomery album Full House. Full House is the seventh album and first live jazz album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1962, on the Riverside record label. It was recorded live at Tsubo in Berkeley, California on June 25, 1962. The Tsubo had been opened by entrepreneur Glenn Ross in September 1961 with jazz radio station, KJAZ-FM, also housed in the same building. Although the establishment was favored among Berkeley residents for not serving alcohol and welcoming minors, Ross could not sustain upkeep on the establishment. It finally closed on October 15, 1962. The venue reemerged as the Jabberwock. Montgomery’s performance featured a quintet that included Wynton Kelly on piano, Johnny Griffin, playing tenor saxophone, Paul Chambers, bass, and Jimmy Cobb, drums. On this occasion, Terrence is joined by saxophonist Steve Heckman, pianist Tim Campbell, bassist Adam Gay, and drummer Isaac Schwartz.

Recently proclaimed by long-time music scribe, David Becker (SF Examiner/AXS.com), as the San Francisco Bay area’s #1 Jazz Guitarist, multiple award winning guitarist Terrence Brewer is a first-call and in-demand bandleader, record producer, concert performer, studio musician, and one of the San Francisco Bay area’s foremost and sought after music educators. In 2016 Brewer celebrated the release of his 10th album as a bandleader, The TB3.

Brewer has lead his various groups in nearly 2500 performances in the last 8 years (over 225 in 2015); performing to sold-out crowds at the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, the world famous Yoshi’s at Jack London Square, Yoshi’s San Francisco, SFJAZZ Jazz Festival, and countless other venues.


Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/terrence-brewer-celebrates-wes-montgomerys-full-house-tickets-31054188915

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John R Burr and Jenna Mammina: “James Taylor; 6 Degrees of Separation”

Grammy-nominated songwriter/pianist John R Burr and renowned singer songwriter Jenna Mammina will be joined by John Shifflett on bass, Jason Lewis on drums and Scott Sorkin on guitar to present a tribute to the music of beloved singer-songwriter James Taylor.

This special concert celebrates the enduring and vast musical legacy of James Taylor, as well as the music of other artists who have been a part of his career. Featuring Jenna and John R’s new arrangements of many of Taylor’s classics, the concert will include reworked songs by longtime Taylor associates Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Don Grolnick, and even the Beatles, on whose Apple records label JT’s first album appeared. While staying true to the essence of James Taylor’s wonderful writing, the new arrangements provide plenty of room for improvisation and spontaneity.

“Exquisite!” says author/radio host Ben Fong-Torres, former senior editor of Rolling Stone Magazine and perennial king of what’s hot and what’s not. He’s talking about pop/ jazz vocalist/songwriter Jenna Mammina and he is not alone. Recognized as one of the leading women of jazz/pop crossover for three years in a row by Jazziz Magazine, she has shared the cover alongside Diana Krall and Norah Jones. Ms. Mammina has been awarded Jazz Performer of the Year for the SF Weekly, a nomination for Best Jazz Album for her Meant to Be cd, by the California Music Awards, and the Goldy Award for her tireless work with children through her Scat for Cats program. Jenna’s first album, Under the Influence, earned a four-star review in Japan’s most prestigious jazz magazine, Swing Journal.! Jenna has performed with a vast array of legendary talent, such as Bobby McFerrin, June Millington, Rickie Lee Jones, Al Jarreau, Phish, David Sanborn, Ray Obiedo, Wil Ackerman, Liz Story, Tuck Andress, and Rosemary Clooney. Jenna has graced the stages of esteemed venues like Yoshi’s in Oakland, California, Town Hall in New York, The Green Mill in Chicago, and festivals such as Jazz Aspen, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage, Monterey San Francisco, Big Sur and Mount Hood.

The Philadelphia Weekly said, “Pianist extraordinaire John R. Burr has the most sparkling style since former Allman Brother- turned-Rolling Stone hired hand Chuck Leavell” “Burr is not nearly as funny as he thinks he is…”- Anonymous Facebook Posting 

Burr was first drawn to the piano at the age of 10 when he heard Vince Guaraldi’s playing on the Peanut’s animated TV specials. He started out as a child prodigy drummer; he was the only child out of 5 siblings not forced to study the piano. It wasn’t until he was in high school that his focus turned to the keyboard. He then discovered that there were too many drummers to compete with and the piano became his instrument of choice.

John R Burr has performed with Robben Ford, Sherie Friedlander, Suzanna Smith, Jackie Ryan, Maria Muldaur, The Alison Brown Quartet, Paul McCandless, Michael Manring and Kathy Kallick, among many others.

For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/john-r-burr-and-jenna-mammina-james-taylor-6-degrees-of-separation-tickets-30762884616

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Originals For The ORIGINALS: Michael Zilber and Friends

This performance is part of Jim Bennett’s In The Moment Concert Series for KCSM, presented by Jazz In The Neighborhood and Musically Minded Academy
Originals For The ORIGINALS
A tribute to saxophone giants, one of the Bay Area’s leading saxophonists Michael Zilber performs all original music from his upcoming ORIGIN CD, Originals for the ORIGINALS, written in homage to John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond and Joe Henderson. The recording features New York jazz greats Dave Kikoski on piano, James Genus on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums. Zilber will be joined at Musically Minded by the outstanding rhythm section of pianist Matt Clark, bassist Peter Barshay and drummer Akira Tana; all three share with Zilber a long stint as New York-based musicians.
SF-based saxophonist and composer Michael Zilber is described by NEA Jazz Master David Liebman as “one of the best players and composers around anywhere. Period!” and a “flawless. soulful” player by ALL ABOUT JAZZ. The Canadian-born ex-New Yorker has 10 CDs to his name as a leader and has also been a sideman on a myriad of recordings. He co-led a band with drumming great Steve Smith for 8 years, and throughout his career has performed, toured and recorded with numerous leading jazz artists, including Liebman, Miroslav Vitous, and Mike Clark among many others.

For tickets: http://jazzintheneighborhood.org/events/tickets/inthemoment/

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Winter Student Performances

These events feature students playing pieces mostly based on the theme of the Winter Holidays. This event is casual, and the pieces are not as perfected as the Halloween or June Recitals.

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Thanksgiving Break-no regular lessons or classes

There are no regular lessons or classes scheduled this week. If you are an enrolled or a new student and you want an initial lesson, or a makeup lesson, discuss this week with your teacher as they may offer a customized schedule for these dates. Since this was not a billable week in our enrollment system, there were no lessons billed for this week–thus, no makeup lessons are due for classes that normally meet on this week.

If you are looking for something for students ages 4-10 to do this week. Enroll in our Beatles Musical Theater Camp.

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