Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

06/30/2019

String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

Jun 30, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Solomon Gottfried Quartet

Jun 30, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Tony Miceli/Jeff Denson - The East Coast/West Coast Project

East Coast vibraphonist Tony Miceli and West Coast bassist Jeff Denson have been talking about getting together for a couple years. After a debut performance in Philadelphia last fall, Jeff and Tony decided to try it again on the West Coast! The two will spend the weekend doing a Vibraphone & Bass Jazz Boot Camp at the California Jazz Conservatory that will end with a performance at The Back Room.

Internationally renowned vibraphonist Tony Miceli has been performing steadily on the jazz scene since 1980. In All About Jazz, Vic Schermer describes him as ... "a vibraphonist of astonishing virtuosity, musical resilience, and inventiveness. His vibes playing is nothing short of phenomenal."

Jeff Denson has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with his own groups and has worked with some of jazz's finest artists, such as Brian Blade, Jane Ira Bloom, Dave Douglas, Charles McPherson, Cuong Vu, Ralph Alessi, Walter Smith III, Vadim Neselovskyi, Florian Weber, Dan Weiss and Paul Hanson, and has had an ongoing relationship with the legendary Lee Konitz since 2007. Lee Hildebrand of the SF Chronicle describes him as "master of the Jazz bass."

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door before the show. Children under 12 are free. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun 30, 5pm to 6:30pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Skerryvore

Twice winners of Scotland's Traditional Music `Live Act of the Year' Award (2016 & 2011), SKERRYVORE have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to International tours that have included performances in Central Park NYC, The Ryder Cup Louisville and the Shanghai Expo, China.

SKERRYVORE create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and pop that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the 8 band members who hail from different regions of Scotland.

Formed in 2005, the band marked their 10th anniversary in 2015 with a `Decade' concert at Mossfield Stadium, Oban. After selling 3,000 tickets in ninety minutes, the capacity was increased and 6,000 visitors from all over the world enjoyed SKERRYVORE, joined by a host of guests including Dougie MacLean and legendary Irish musician Sharon Shannon.

Jun 30, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley

The David Murray/Kahil El'Zabar Duo

These two modern music masters have been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity for the past four decades. Murray and El'Zabar are recognized by their peers to be consummate virtuosos who possess ingenious interpretations within the history and future of Great Black Music.

They share the hope and desire that comes from blowing fire in an acquired wisdom. This is freedom music in its noblest sense, meant to heal and release one from the regurgitated mediocrity currently flooding our airways. These two wise men know firsthand what's genuine and real, they have both played and recorded with the legends.

Sir Kahil El'zabar is revered globally as a cultural visionary and an innovative music conceptualist. He has recorded more than 60 acclaimed projects as the leader, composer and arranger. El'Zabar, who holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts from Lake Forest College, has worked with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderley, Archie Shepp, Paul Simon, Lester Bowie, Nona Hendryx, Kurt Elling, Billy Bang, Eddie Harris, Neneh Cherry, Henry Threadgill, Roy Ayers and David Murray. In May 2014, he was knighted by the Council General of France, making him a Chevalier Medal De Lettres.

David Murray is one of the most recorded musicians as a leader in the history of jazz, with well over 200 celebrated projects. Murray was one of the founding members of the World Saxophone Quartet and has worked with Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie, Hamiet Bluiett, Jerry Garcia, Max Roach, Amiri Baraka, Randy Weston and Fred Hopkins. He is currently working with Macy Gray as part of his David Murray Big Band. In 2012, he received an Honorary Doctorate Of Music degree from Pomona College, Claremont, California. He has won numerous awards over his vast career, garnering a Grammy Award for the Best Jazz Instrumental Group Performance for his Tribute to John Coltrane, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). Children under 12 are free.

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun 30, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley