Joel Harrison and Spirit House (featuring Brian Blade)
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM (MST)
JOEL HARRISON & SPIRIT HOUSE $20 general/$15 student & senior – concert alone $20 workshop alone $35 concert & workshop combo Guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist and songwriter Joel Harrison deftly juggles all of these roles while venturing across stylistic divides. Melding influences from jazz, classical, country, rock and world music, his expansive sound fits equally well in jazz clubs and concert halls – and the occasional dive bar across town. He comes to the Jazzschool with Spirit House, an all-star band featuring trumpeter Cuong Vu (Pat Metheny); the unique Paul Hanson on electric bassoon; bassist Kermit Driscoll (Bill Frisell); and first-call drummer Brian Blade (Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redman). The group will mostly perform Harrison’s compositions written for this group, with additional pieces by Blade and Vu. Harrison and the band will also lead a Jazz Improvisation and Composition Workshop prior to the concert at 6pm. There will be a Jazz Improvisation and Composition Workshop with Joel Harrison and "Spirit House" prior to the concert, 6 pm - 7:30 pm (click here to purchase combo ticket)
When & Where
The Jazzschool is an innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and performance of jazz — America’s indigenous art form — and related styles of music from around the world. Founded in 1997, the Jazzschool has recently been granted accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), making it the only fully accredited, stand-alone conservatory devoted to jazz studies in the western United States. The school is located in the heart of the vibrant Downtown Berkeley Arts District, home to Berkeley Rep, the Freight & Salvage and many other arts organizations.
Hailed as one of the nation’s most comprehensive schools of jazz and related styles of music, the Jazzschool offers instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages and skill levels a broad spectrum of performance ensembles, lectures, workshops and private instruction. Courses are designed for the professional musician, the serious student and the jazz aficionado seeking personal enrichment. A multi-faceted institution, the Jazzschool comprises several key components.
The Jazzschool Institute is a music conservatory offering the aspiring professional a comprehensive 4-year degree program culminating in the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. The Institute provides a challenging curriculum of performance, jazz theory and improvisation, ear training, composition, arranging, transcription and analysis, and music history courses, taught by professional artists and educators. Coursework also includes music business, music technology and financial planning, thoroughly preparing students for a fulfilling career in the performing arts.
Jazzschool Community Music School (JCMS)
The JCMS provides music education and performance opportunities for people of all ages and levels of ability. Consisting of the JCMS Adult Music Program and the JCMS Young Musicians Program, the JCMS operates year-round on a quarterly basis and offers over 100 ensembles, courses and workshops to build all aspects of musicianship. Students are routinely featured in concert performances, open to the public. With a formidable faculty of renowned musicians and educators, the JCMS is a cornerstone of the Bay Area’s thriving music scene.
JCMS ADULT MUSIC PROGRAM
The Jazzschool Adult Music Program offers life-enriching opportunities to learn about and play jazz and related styles of music from throughout the world. Courses are available for both instrumentalists and vocalists, and everyone from young adult to senior citizen is welcome. Instruction and performances occur primarily in late afternoons, evenings and on weekends, making the program easily accessible to the working professional.
JCMS YOUNG MUSICIANS PROGRAM
The Jazzschool Young Musicians Program offers middle and high school students of all skill levels a wide variety of combos, big bands and vocal performance courses throughout the entire year, as well as camps during the summer. Select ensembles participate in national competitions, and Jazzschool bands have routinely taken top awards from DownBeat, the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival and others.
Visiting artists and Jazzschool faculty lead fascinating and practical workshops, typically a single session of two or three hours in length and held on a Sunday. Content may focus on any specific aspect of jazz theory or performance, such as playing in odd time signatures or the art of vocal improvisation. Past workshops have been taught by prominent musicians from Bobby McFerrin to Dave Liebman, Janis Siegel, Peter Erskine, Sheila Jordan, Nguyên Lê and others.
The Jazzschool facility includes an intimate venue with seating capacity of 100. Throughout the year, Jazzschool faculty and students perform for the public, providing a real-world incubator for developing new concepts and gaining audience exposure in the competitive Bay Area environment. High-profile artists have performed at the Jazzschool, including Terence Blanchard, Art Lande, Kim Nalley, Taylor Eigsti, Sachal Vasandani and many more.
Jazzschool Books & Records
The Jazzschool’s in-house retail store is a treasure trove of jazz-related reading and listening materials. It provides students, teachers and the public with convenient access to extraordinary books, recordings, videos and accessories.
Located within the Jazzschool facility, the Jazzcaffè serves up delectable fare for students and visitors to enjoy a convenient bite to eat. A changing menu features house-made soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as beer, wine, espresso and desserts. Drop by for a great meal to match the great music!
The Jazzschool is easily accessible by car and public transportation. The downtown Berkeley BART station and AC Transit bus stops are within a block. There is a public parking garage just a few steps away on Addison, in addition to metered street parking throughout the neighborhood.
Course and ensemble tuition includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. Requests to drop must be received in writing within 48 hours of the first class meeting to qualify for a refund; please visit the main office or e-mail email@example.com to request a refund. Refunds for remaining tuition are not possible after the 48-hour drop deadline. $100 per week of camp tuition is non-refundable; the remainder is refundable only until the cancellation deadline (see camp program information).
Refunds may take up to 30 days to process. Tuition fees for intensives and workshops are non-refundable, with no exceptions. Visit jazzschool.org/policies for further information.
All ticket sales are final. Refunds or exchanges are not possible.
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By phone 510-845-5373 Monday–Friday 9am – 5pm
In Person at the Jazzschool, 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley. Monday – Saturday 10am – 5:30pm, Sundays 11am – 3pm
For more information please call the Jazzschool at (510) 845-5373
All concerts are $5 for students enrolled in the Jazzschool Young Musicians Program. Purchase a package of 5 or more concerts and receive a 20% discount!
All concerts are $5 for youth under 12. Discounted tickets available to seniors (65+) and students with valid ID.
Ticketing Policies: All ticket sales are final. Refunds or exchanges are not possible.
Performances start promptly at the published time. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performances. Seating is “open” and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note: an advance sale ticket does NOT guarantee late comers a seat. Late comers may be asked to wait in the lobby until intermission or an appropriate interval to be seated.
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