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Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101 with Seton Hawkins

Week One: The Building Blocks of Jazz

Swing University’s Jazz 101 opens with a short overview of the development of Jazz, and its progression. We’ll also go into the building blocks of Jazz: what is Swing, what are the Blues, and what is Improvisation? In this class, we’ll help you to hear song form, and also help you hear how Jazz musicians approach their solos! 

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

The New Charles Tolliver/MUSIC INC.

With trumpeter Charles Tolliver, guitarist Bruce Edwards, pianist Theo Hill, bassist Essiet Essiet, and drummer Lawrence Leathers

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola


With pianist Emmet Cohen, bassist Russell Hall, and drummer Kyle Poole

Tuesday-Saturday evenings, doors open at 11:15pm for Late Night Sessions featuring some of the most talented emerging artists in jazz. There are no reservations for Late Night Sessions - just swing by!

Mondavi Center

JLCO on Tour: Davis, CA

Varis Leichtman Studio

Louis Armstrong, with Ricky Riccardi

Second Session: 1925 to 1928, The Hot Fives and Sevens

The most vaunted recordings in jazz history! In addition to examining masterpieces such as “Cornet Chop Suey” and “Potato Head Blues,” Riccardi will also showcase Armstrong’s budding showmanship and comedic nature on these recordings.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Catherine Russell: Harlem on My Mind

Album Release Party

With vocalist Catherine Russell, guitarist/banjo player Matt Munisteri, pianist Mark Shane, bassist Nicky Parrott, drummer Darrian Douglas, tenor saxophonist/arranger Andy Farber, alto saxophonist/clarinetist Dan Block, trumpeters Jon-Erik-Kellso and Brian Pareschi, trombonist John Allred, and saxophonist/clarinetist / arranger Mark Lopeman

Paramount Theatre

JLCO on Tour: Oakland, California

The Appel Room

Ibrahim Maalouf

Hailed by The New York Times as a "virtuoso of the quarter-tone trumpet," Ibrahim Maalouf combines jazz improvisation and European classical influences with the sounds of his native Lebanon and home in France, a far-reaching blend of cultures. Tonight's concert features a stellar ensemble of Frank Woeste, Scott Colley, Rick Margitza​, and Clarence Penn.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Joey Alexander Trio

Album Release Party

With pianist Joey Alexander, bassist Larry Grenadier (9/30 and 10/1) and Dan Chmielinski (10/2), and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University

JLCO on Tour: Stanford, California

Rose Theater

Brad Mehldau

Visionary pianist Brad Mehldau, called "a graceful powerhouse" by The New York Times, makes his long-awaited return to Rose Theater for two distinct concerts. On Friday (9/30) Mehldau will perform alongside saxophonist Joshua Redman, showcasing one of the most celebrated pairings in contemporary jazz. On Saturday (10/1), Mehldau will treat audiences to a solo concert, a challenging format for which he is highly renowned.

Weill Hall, Green Music Center

JLCO on Tour: Sonoma, CA

Civic Center

JLCO on Tour: Santa Cruz, California

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Jay Rodriguez & Relativity

New York veteran Jay Rodriguez is a famously versatile reedman, composer, and arranger. For tonight’s performance, he will lead his multigenerational Relativity group, a diverse showcase of instrumental prowess featuring tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, pianist Larry Willis, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer J.T. Lewis. Tonight is their Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola debut, and they’ll be recording it live!

Granada Theater, UC Santa Barbara

JLCO on Tour: Santa Barbara, California

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Lew Tabackin Trio with special guest Randy Brecker

With saxophonist and flutist Lew Tabackin with trumpeter trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassist Boris Kozlov, and drummer Mark Taylor

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

LATE NIGHT SESSION: Nate Sparks Big Band