Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


9th Ward Millionaires

New Orleans inspired Jazz

Apr 3, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music

Apr 3, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Time Out Quartet

Apr 3, 7pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley

Jaap Blonk

Apr 3, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz.

Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from its most creative periods intensified with illuminating, funny and touching true stories of the time.

Come hear music and jazz stories you probably have never heard...but will never forget.

Hosted by Richard Leiter.
The first Tuesday of every month at Pegasus Books Solano.

Apr 3, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

50th Anniversary of UC Jazz

For 50 years, UC Jazz Ensembles has upheld the jazz performance tradition at Cal, providing student musicians with opportunities to study, appreciate, and perform jazz while making lifelong friends and engaging the campus community.

Advanced Combos:

1. Frank Martin's Advanced Combo
Bernard Kim, soprano saxophone
Zachariah Rodriquez, guitar
Ben Harper, keys
Noah Zisser, bass
Jarrod Schnapper, drums

2. Dann Zinn's Advanced Combo
Andrew Stephens, trumpet
Ajay Raj, tenor saxophone
Nathan Le, guitar
Fred Callaway, keys
Brian Thorsen, bass
Trey Fortmuller, drums

3. Ted Moore's Advanced Combo
Adam Aucoin, trumpet & flugelhorn
David DeTomaso, tenor saxophone
Satcher Hsieh, guitar
Joseph Escobar, keys
Noah Zisser, bass
Carson Messer, drums

The advanced combo performances will be followed by a special performance of a jazz standard incorporating both our current musicians and UC Jazz alumni.

The box office is open 12:30pm-7pm (excluding holidays) and during all performances.
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$16 ADV / $20 DOOR (plus fees)
Box Office Phone: (510) 644-2020

Apr 3, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Tuesday Jazzidency: Justin Rock Trio

Formerly of Bastet and starting off the 2018 summer season, guitarist Justin Rock was born in the Big Apple and brought up in Motor City. He's swiftly making a name for himself as one of the greatest, prolific composer/improvisers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Apr 3, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

CZ & The Bon Vivants plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

A hot band of Cajun/zydeco veterans, CZ & the Bon Vivants dish out classic Cajun dance tunes and originals. Along with singer and fiddler Catherine Matovich (whose day job is playing with symphony orchestras), the Bon Vivants are Lake Charles, Louisiana, native and East Bay great Andrew Carriere on accordion, guitarist Jim Scott, bassist Elaine Herrick, and drummer Timothy Orr. Over the last few years they've appeared frequently on the festival and outdoor event circuit - from downtown Oakland to the Solano Stroll, the Kaiser Rooftop concert series to Bay cruises - and at many a Bay Area dance hall. And India may be the next stop. The band's CD, "Good to the Bon," has been used as a tool for teaching world music at the American School in New Delhi; CZ has an international fan base as a result.

The group was born when Matovich got home after playing in Neil Diamond's touring band and saw a concert by Cajun/zydeco fiddler Tom Rigney. "I loved working big shows, but seeing Tom's band made me want to be in a group like that, that had so much fun playing together." The Bon Vivants came together to play a benefit concert in 2004, "and we've been busy ever since," Matovich says. Nobody could agree on a group name, so eventually they were dubbed the Cajun Babes (after the Dixie Chicks), and through democratic process came up with the current group moniker, although there is no CZ. Just high-energy Cajun and zydeco music.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

Apr 3, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

MitiS, PRXZM, Party Nails

Electro synth-pop duo made up of Nick and Emma


Party Nails

Apr 3, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704