The Jazzschool
Press Release
Jazzschool Concerts, Feb. 2013

Berkeley, Calif. 
Jan. 7, 2013  

Dick Whittington Fri. 2/1, 8:00 pm
The Dick Whittington Trio with Andrew Speight

Pianist Dick Whittington brings his swinging trio to the Jazzschool, joined by saxophonist Andrew Speight, for an evening of jazz standards from the '50s and '60s. Also featuring Robb Fisher, bass; and Vince Lateano, drums.






Rhonda Benin Sat. 2/2, 8:00 pm
Black History Month Celebration: Rhonda Benin
Vocalist Rhonda Benin returns for this special concert in celebration of Black History Month. A master vocalist who sings jazz, blues, R&B, big band, pop, and African American folk songs and makes it all look easy, Benin has earned a reputation for her stellar showmanship, magnetic stage personality, humor, and great dancing. Also featuring Richard Howell, sax; Tammy L. Hall, piano; Ron Belcher, bass; and Deszon Claiborne, drums.


Jay Clayton Fri. 2/8, 8:00 pm
Jay Clayton
Jay Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator whose work spans the terrain between traditional jazz and modern music. In 1963 she began her career performing standards on the vibrant New York music scene but quickly became a prominent part of the free jazz movement. Her work in these two worlds led to the development of a highly personal, wordless vocabulary later enhanced by her innovative use of electronics. She comes to the Jazzschool backed by a fantastic trio: pianist Art Lande, bassist Peter Barshay, and drummer Alan Hall.


Gerald Beckett Sat. 2/9, 8:00 pm
Black History Month Celebration: The Gerald Beckett Quartet
The Jazzschool is pleased to feature flutist Gerald Beckett as part of our Black History Month Celebration. A stalwart of the Bay Area music scene, Beckett has conducted Jazz Flute master classes in San Francisco and annually in Marseille and Paris. Beckett has released four acclaimed records, including 2011's Standard Flute (Summit Records). Also featuring Gary Zellerbach, guitar; Ollie Dudek, bass; and Surya Parkasha, drums.


Loop243 Fri. 2/15, 8:00 pm
Loop 2.4.3.'s New York Percussion Duo
The imaginative percussion duo Loop 2.4.3. has received widespread acclaim for their "intricate, energetic performances" (New York Times) and their "balance between lyrical expression and open space" (The Big City). Thomas Kozumplik and Lorne Watson's unique blend of classical music discipline with fantastic improvisation forges "an astonishing variety of brand-new yet iconic sounds that create a riveting aura" (Gramophone). "Kozumplik and Watson never sound like makers of arbitrary music...It all sounds like part of a well-thought-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now" (NPR).


Stephanie Bruce Sat. 2/16, 8:00 pm
Stephanie Bruce
Vocalist Stephanie Bruce returns for a concert of original songs and arrangements. This performance will also feature guitarist Bob Brumbeloe and pianist Jonathan Alford in an exploration of new sounds, highlighting Stephanie's original music. Expect new songs along with freshly imagined arrangements of earlier original material, adventurous improvisations, and some creatively arranged tunes by artists Bruce admires. Bruce's set is light on Tin Pan Alley, and rich with original and thoroughly contemporary musical ideas.


Sun. 2/17, 4:30 pm
Black History Month Celebration: Tribute to Thelonious with Howard Wiley and Jeff Denson
Saxophonist/drummer Howard Wiley and bassist Jeff Denson present a tribute to the great Thelonious Monk in this special performance in celebration of Black History Month.


Fri. 2/22, 8:00 pm
Wiener Kids and the Wiener Kids Family Band
The brainchild of drummer/composer Jordan Glenn, Wiener Kids began as a duo with guitarist/composer/musical thinker Steini Gunnarsson in 2007. After Steini moved back to his native Iceland, Jordan picked the project up again a year later, this time with the help of reed masters Aram Shelton and Cory Wright. The music is inspired by small dogs, old bikes, Muppets, cheap Halloween decorations, homemade instruments, and other wiener kids. It's fast and slow. It's loud and soft. It will make you laugh and make you cry. It's music made by ex/current weaklings for everyone! // Formed in 2011, the Wiener Kids Family Band performs classics from the Wiener Kids book, specially arranged for the unique 10-piece ensemble. The group features some of Wiener Kids' closest friends from the bands Jack O' The Clock, Beep!, Kapowski, and Grex, all under the curious baton of Jordan Glenn. Featuring Christina Stanley, violin; Kate McLoughlin, bassoon; Rob Ewing, trombone; Aram Shelton, alto sax; Cory Wright, clarinet; Damon Waitkus, banjo; Karl Evangelista, guitar; Michael Coleman, keyboards; Kevin Thaxton, bass; and Sam Ospovat, drums.


Sat. 2/23, 8:00 pm
Black History Month Celebration: 2nd Annual Eddie Marshall Tribute
The Jazzschool presents a tribute to legendary Bay Area Drummer Eddie Marshall featuring a group of Bay Area All-Stars: Chuck MacKinnon, trumpet; Al Bent, trombone; Mark Levine, piano; John Wiitala, bass; Ron Marabuto, drums.


Sheldon Brown Sun. 2/24, 4:30 pm
Sheldon Brown
An evening of original material by composer/saxophonist Sheldon Brown. Browns music combines a lush harmonic pallet, driving odd meter grooves, sensuously twisting melodies and high energy group improvisation to produce a compelling, dramatic soundscape. Featuring Sheldon Brown, saxophones and clarinet; Darren Johnston, trumpet; Dave MacNab, guitar; Jonathan Alford, piano; Michael Wilcox, bass; Alan Hall, drums.



Sun. 2/24, 7:00 pm
Vocal Jam Session
The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Ms. Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.

$5-$10 sliding scale





3/1 Joshua White/Jeff Denson

3/2 Scott Latham

3/8 International Women's Day Celebration: Tammy L. Hall

3/9 International Women's Day Celebration: Andrea Claburn

3/10 International Women's Day Celebration: India Cooke 

3/15 David Haskell

3/16 Hal Galper Trio

3/17 Le Boeuf Brothers

3/19-31 Jazzschool Community Music School Student Performances

3/22-23 Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Performances

3/29 Women's Jazz and Blues Camp Performance




Jazzschool concerts are sponsored in part by

Hewlett Foundation   Koret Foundation

Wells Fargo      Osher Foundation        KCSM 

About the Jazzschool Concert Series 


All of the shows take place in the Jazzschool nightclub, Hardymon Hall, unless otherwise noted. The Jazzcaffè, immediately adjacent to the performance space, serves dinner and drinks. Doors open half an hour prior to performance; open seating is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.


Tickets are available online (; by phone (toll-free 1-866-384-3060) Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; or in person at the school, Monday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays 10 am to 3 pm.


The Jazzschool ( and nightclub, Hardymon Hall, are located in the historic Kress Building at 2087 Addison Street (at Shattuck), in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District. The Winter 2013 Concert Series has been made possible in part by a generous gift from Wells Fargo.


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