Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Etude Concert. Free.

Francois Couperin (1668-1733)
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Louise Milota, Piano

Sonata for Klavier and Violincello No. 5, Op.102 No. 2 in D Major
Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Deborah Shuster, Cello
Janet Weinstein, Piano

Sonata in e-flat minor
Mvt. i - The Premonition
LeoÅ¡ Janácek (1854-1928)
Sonata in A major, Op. 82
Allegro Moderato
Sergei Prokofiev (1892-1953)
Nocturne in c-minor, Op. 48 No.1
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Brett Waxdeck, Piano

Apr 23, 1pm to 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley

Allain Gaussin

Composer Allain Gaussin will give a talk at CNMAT on Monday, April 23, 3-5 p.m. Read more at

Apr 23, 3pm to 5pm, CNMMAT, 1750 Arch St, Berkeley

Caffe Acustico

Apr 23, 7pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band 40th Anniversary Celebration

40th Anniversary of the Jazz Garden Big Band's 1978 premiere performance at the Eulipia Cafe in San Jose--and on the occasion of Dave Eshelman's 70th birthday--Composer/leader Eshelman leads the Bay Area's finest through a program of progressive/mainstream big band jazz for jazz lovers and newcomers featuring his originals and arrangements of music by Chick Corea, Duke Ellington and Michael Brecker to name a few. Celebrate the anniversary and Dave's 70th birthday!
"The Jazz Garden Big Band must be considered a leader in the formation and presentation of big band music in the modern creative vein," writes David Nathan in All Music Guide.
Band Members and Instrumentation:
Saxophones: Mary Fettig, Rory Snyder, Dann Zinn, Bob Kenmotsu, Bob Farrington;
Trumpets: Louis Fasman, Marvin McFadden, Mike Olmos, Erik Jekabson;
Trombones: Dave Martell, Dave Eshelman, Jeanne Geiger, Rich Lee;
Piano: Colin Hogan;
Guitar: Randy Vincent;
Bass: Tommy Folen;
Drums: Alan Hall
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Jazz Garden Big Band premier to a standing room only audience at the Eulipia Café in downtown San Jose. Over the four decades since, it has performed in dozens of Bay Area jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals. The band has backed guest artists such as Mel Tormé, Joe Henderson and Bruce Forman in concert, and on its critically acclaimed CDs: The Jazz Garden (1982,) Deep Voices (1986), When Dreams Come True (1993), and Milagro's Journey (2001. The band recorded and performed the suite Temperature Rising (1998), commissioned by San Jose Jazz Society.The Jazz Garden Big Band features some of the most active freelance musicians in the bay area. Many have performed with the band for decades including saxophonist Mary Fettig, alumna of the Stan Kenton Orchestra; trumpeter Louis Fasman, former member of the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra; saxophonist and wood flute virtuoso Dann Zinn, Director of Jazz Studies at CSUEB; guitarist Randy Vincent; jazz teachers Rory Snyder, Bob Farrington, Dave Martell, and Erik Jekabson, Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Director; and several are former students from Dave Eshelman's jazz programs: saxophonist Bob Kenmotsu, drummer Alan Hall, trombonist Jeanne Geiger, bass trombonist Rich Lee, trumpeter Mike Olmos, Tommy Folen, bassist, Marvin McFadden, trumpeter with Huey Lewis and the News, and Colin Hogan, piano and accordion.

Apr 23, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

West Coast Songwriters - 4/23/18

West Coast Songwriters
Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters present their monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material live on the Freight stage. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the house lights go down and the show goes on! Guest judges award a "Best Song" and "Best Performance." The most active association of songwriters in the country, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote successful songwriters. The talent on display is worth checking out, and you might hear a future classic.

Apr 23, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704