If you’re a jazz baby full of that jazz-bo harmony, or wish you were, you’ve come to the right place. Located on Addison street, less than half a block away from the Downtown Berkeley BART station is one of the country’s best jazz schools: the Jazzschool.

So maybe the name isn’t the most original, but at least it’s to the point. The school is dedicated to the study and performance of jazz and offers instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages and levels a large variety of classes, workshops and private lessons.

There are two main programs at the school. The first is the Jazzschool Community Music School which offers the Adult Music Program and Young Musicians Program and the second is the Jazzschool Institute where one can get a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies.

The Jazzschool was founded in 1997 by Susan Muscarella who was a music student at Berkeley in the 70s. Every faculty member at the Jazzschool would agree that Susan Muscarella is the reason the school is what it is today. Marcos Silva, a Brazilian music teacher told the San Francisco Chronicle, “I love Susan, I love the woman. She deserves every credit. She’s worth. She knows what to do with it. She deserves an even bigger school.”

The atmosphere is enhanced by the Jazz image, a photo gallery, and the Jazzcaffe where crowds of musicians collect to listen to great music and do cool musician-y things. Many well priced events also take place every week and listening to jazz with friends is definitely a classy way to spend a Friday afternoon.

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Jazzschool [Site]
Jazzschool a straight ahead success in Berkeley [SF Gate]

Dave D said:
Oct 12, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Gotta check out a Jazzschool event this semester