Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


9th Ward Millionaires

Eclectic New Orleans style Jazz with beautiful harmonies.

Oct 2, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music.

Oct 2, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA

Time Out Quartet

Oct 2, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Sy Montgomery

National Book Award-finalist Sy Montgomery discusses her eloquent memoir, How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals.

Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet's rarest and most beautiful animals. From tarantulas to tigers, Sy's life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets.

This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals--Sy's friends--and the truths revealed by their grace. It also explores vast themes: the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.

Oct 2, 7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

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.

Oct 2, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

CZ & The Bon Vivants plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

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.

Doors open 7:30pm / Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8pm / Show at 8:30pm
Tickets $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
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Oct 2, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Way Out Ratatet

California Jazz Conservatory Way Out West Concert Series

Drawing inspiration from Sonny Rollins' groundbreaking 1957 trio album of the same name, the Way Out West concert series provides composer-performers with a weekly Tuesday evening forum to present forward-looking original work within jazz and related genres. Located in the California Jazz Conservatory's intimate Rendon Hall, Way Out West proudly highlights the work of Bay Area musicians, while also welcoming occasional visiting artists.

Way Out Ratatet

Alan Hall's Ratatet 7 (an original jazz based septet featuring bassoon, soprano, alto and tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet, trombone, vibraphone and a piano trio) will explore new tunes and arrangements as they continue to push on various musical boundaries.

Aan Hall - drums, leader
Paul Hanson - bassoon, tenor sax
Sheldon Brown - multiple woodwinds
John Gove - trombone
Dillon Vado - vibes, percussion
Greg Sankovich - piano and keys
Jeff Denson - basses and vocals

Alan Hall started Ratatet in 2014 after writing for, and performing with "Electreo", a unique trio with drums (Alan Hall), bass (Jeff Denson) and bassoon (Paul Hanson). He recorded on Hanson's albums and always wanted to form a band with him. Alan taught and toured Europe with Jeff and Lee Konitz, where their musical relationship flourished. "Electreo" was an outgrowth of these musical connections. Seeking more sonic possibilities to compose for, Hall began his Ratatet personnel search.

Hall met trombonist John Gove at a recording with San Francisco Latin Jazz group, `The Mission Project". Dillon Vado, as one of the most serious students at California Jazz Conservatory, was Alan's first choice for the vibraphone chair. While working with guitarist Michael LaMachia, Hall was impressed with Greg Sankovich's solid playing and bouncy attitude. Hall found his personnel. Alan has been a member of "The Sheldon Brown Group" for over 10 years and has recently asked Sheldon to bring his prodigious talents and creativity to Ratatet.

Ratatet's first CD, "Arctic", garnered great reviews and was named one of the best 2016 bay area jazz releases by jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert in his article for the San Jose Mercury. Grants from SF InterMusic and Creative Sonoma allowed the Spring 2018 release of Ratatet's second Ridgeway CD, "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" along with their YouTube video, "Demographic Shift".

The members of Ratatet have played and/or recorded with an assortment of great musicians, groups and organizations which include: Ed Simon, Geoffrey Keezer, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Omar Sosa, Billy Cobham, Art Lande, Minsarah, Clubfoot Orchestra, Paul McCandless, Lee Konitz, Cirque Du Soleil, Kenny Werner, Kai Eckhardt, Cuong Vu, and Ralph Alessi.

Oct 2, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Eliza Gilkyson with Special Guest Nina Gerber

Eliza Gilkyson is singer, songwriter, and activist whose music provides a window into the struggle and triumph of a world she feels is "poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy."

The daughter of successful songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza is a third generation musician who grew up in Los Angeles knowing that her life would revolve around music. "I got into it for all the wrong reasons, more as a survival tool than anything else, but it proved to serve me more than I dared to imagine." As a teenager, she recorded demos for her dad, who wrote folk music hits "Greenfields," "Marianne," and "Memories Are Made of This," among others. Soon after, she was writing and recording her own material as well.

At the end of the sixties, she moved to New Mexico with likeminded souls, eventually raising a family, all the while developing a loyal fan base in the Southwest and Texas. After a period in Europe working with Swiss composer/harpist Andreas Vollenweider, Eliza returned to the United States releasing Through the Looking Glass in '96 (Private Music), and 1997's Redemption Road (Silverwave/ MTI), which she has recently reissued. Eliza started her own label, Realiza Records and put out Misfits in 1999, a collection of outtakes that received favorable press as a sound that connected the worlds of folk and modern storytelling.

In 2000, Eliza released Hard Times in Babylon, her first album on the Red House Records label. The album was a critical success, followed by her second recording with Red House, Lost and Found. She has also been on several compilations issued by Red House, including a Bob Dylan tribute album, Nod to Bob, and a Greg Brown tribute called Going Driftless, benefiting a breast cancer research group. In 2003 she was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, alongside such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Nancy Griffith, and others. Eliza released Land of Milk and Honey in 2004, a decidedly more sociopolitical record that was nominated for a Grammy. Her most recent CD is Paradise Hotel which has already made DJ Top Ten lists all over the US and Europe.

Nina Gerber

Nina is the LeBron James of guitar players - everyone who plays with her gets better when she plays. She's added her talents to the work of a wealth of wonderful artists, including Karla Bonoff, Peter Rowan, Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky, and Kate Wolf, with whom Nina started her musical career. Her album Good Music with Good People features outstanding performances with Jackson Browne, Eliza Gilkyson, and Bruce Cockburn, among others, all taken from the Kate Wolf Festival.
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