California Jazz Conservatory Launches Week-Long Celebration Honoring Its 25th Anniversary, September 10 – 16, 2022

Berkeley-based institution celebrates silver anniversary, positioned as only private music conservatory in country solely devoted to jazz

"JAMBAR Presents CJC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration" to feature CJC Faculty in concerts sponsored by JAMBAR Organic Artisan Energy Bars

All-Star Faculty Group with Gerald Cleaver, Jeff Denson, Edward Simon, Dann Zinn; Electric Squeezebox Orchestra with Kalil Wilson; Kate Mcgarry & Keith Ganz; Mimi Fox Organ Trio; Marcos Silva Quartet, John Santos Quartet, Akira Tana & Otonowa to appear in CJC’s renowned Rendon Hall

BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The California Jazz Conservatory – the only private music conservatory in the country solely devoted to jazz and related styles of music – has announced a week’s worth of celebratory concerts saluting the institution’s 25th anniversary, September 10 – 16, taking place in CJC’s renowned Rendon Hall ("…among the very best places in the nation to experience jazz music." – San Jose Mercury News).

Branded as "JAMBAR Presents CJC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration," the series continues an ongoing partnership between the iconic Berkeley-based educational institution and JAMBAR Organic Artisan Energy Bars, founded by CJC’s Lead Philanthropic Partner Jennifer A. Maxwell, creator of Powerbar, and a jazz drummer in her own right.

The week-long silver anniversary celebrations kick off on Saturday (9/10), as "JAMBAR Presents Opening Night" with an all-star CJC faculty group: Drum Department Chair Gerald Cleaver on drums; Dean of Instruction and Bass Department Chair Jeff Denson on bass; CJC Associate Professor Edward Simon on piano; and CJC Associate Professor Dann Zinn on sax.

The celebratory concert series will feature groups led by CJC faculty, including Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, led by Erik Jekabson, appearing with vocalist Kalil Wilson (9/11); multi-Grammy-nominee and CJC Associate Professor Kate McGarry performing with Keith Ganz, also a Grammy-nominee, and a longtime member of the Jazzschool faculty (9/12); guitar legend Mimi Fox – CJC Associate Professor and founding member of the Jazzschool faculty – leading a B3 organ trio (9/13); CJC Brazilian Jazz Department Chair and Associate Professor Marcos Silva and his quartet presenting a set of Silva’s original Brazilian music (9/14); CJC Associate Professor John Santos leading his famed Jazz Latino in original compositions and arrangements (9/15); and, rounding out the series, longtime CJC and Jazzschool participant Akira Tana & Otonowa celebrate the release of their fourth recording.

In addition to presenting concerts and workshops throughout the year, the California Jazz Conservatory offers Bachelor of Music and Associate of Arts degrees in Jazz Studies, and will be launching a new degree program, Master of Music in Jazz Studies: A Master’s degree for the 21st Century Composer-Performer. Applications for all degree programs are available at The Jazzschool is the Conservatory’s community music education program, offering over 100 Classes and Workshops each quarter, both online and in-person, depending on the Class or Workshop.

For more information about tickets, workshops and the California Jazz Conservatory, visit the CJC website ( Information is also available by phone (510.845.5373) and at the Conservatory’s two Berkeley locations, 2087 and 2040 Addison Street, or by contacting Paul Fingernote at 831-373-3343 or

SOURCE California Jazz Conservatory