CESAREO GARASA: Having jazz, will travel – BJW moves to a new place | Music


As with the music it promotes and provides, when it comes to the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, the beat goes on.

In this case, it’s moving forward.

When the management of Temblor Brewing Co. – where the workshop has been located since 2018 – informed workshop organizers that they were changing the brewery’s lineup and would not be able to continue hosting the event, he there was no grudge.

“It was a friendly and respectful separation,” said workshop founder Steve Eisen. “We totally got it.”

The move once again left the studio in a situation it had found itself in several times before: looking for a new home like a bunch of funky, swinging ronins.

Since its inception in 2006, the studio has made its home in various locations, including The Mark, Le Forét, Le Corusse Rouge, The Nile and The Hill House. In the case of Forét, the workshop has come full circle. While Le Forét is no longer in this location, it is now home to the new Petroleum Club in Sundale, which will be the new home of the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop from Tuesday. The workshop is accessible to all, free and open to the public.

“It’s definitely family friendly,” Eisen said.

The workshop has grown into a local institution over the past 14 years, helping players of all ages hone their skills, learn to play in an ensemble, and continue their music education through grants and scholarships.

“We really want to continue building on the success of our annual scholarship program to help with private lessons and continuing music education throughout our region,” Eisen said. “(We also want to) continue to develop links with our local music education departments. Because the Jazz Workshop is primarily created to support musical performance and education throughout the Bakersfield area; bring all students together. , educators and listeners. So we want to keep that This is our mission statement. “

Above all, it continues to promote jazz as an art form and reinforces its tradition of improvisation, expression and the ever-evolving approaches of its musicians to their craft. Everyone who performs at this bandstand stands on the shoulders of the giants who came before them.

Continuing its model if it is not broken, do not repair it, the workshop will meet every Tuesday from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. It’s all in the music. “

The first hour will consist of a beginners jazz combo class led by saxophonist John Calo, open to aspiring jazz musicians of all ages. Participants will walk through a number of tableaux, some of them featuring solos. The main prerequisite for anyone wishing to participate is a working knowledge of their instrument. Keyboardist Tony Rinaldi, member of the house rhythm section, has been part of the workshop since its inception.

“We recommend that when you come to the workshop to know your instrument, to have a basic understanding to be able to play the twelve keys of major scales from memory, to be able to play the chromatic scale over two octaves of memory and have a basic understanding of sight – reading skills. “

The second hour will be a live concert provided by local and outside jazz artists. The artist for this Tuesday will be the Jay Smith Trio (disclosure: I will be performing with this group). Artists like Jon Ranger, J2 and the Biz, and Roger Martin will perform in the coming weeks with BC and CSUB jazz combos slated for fall. For more information, visit the workshop’s Facebook page at facebook.com/BakoJazz. (His website at bakersfieldjazzworkshop.com is currently under construction.)

The last hour will be an open jam where the musicians sit down with each other and practice what the team from the first hour learned: control, expression, tone, interaction and mood.

The workshop will adhere to safety protocols with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, if applicable, taking into account the health of its participants by following the guidelines of the State of California.

The renewal of the workshop is not the only sign of its reliability and growing acceptance. It is also the reflection of a certain craze for jazz in the concert halls of the city and its surroundings as far as Tehachapi. Some venues like The Well host jazz performances in a way that I haven’t seen in years. The South West Bar & Grill (7401 White Lane, Suite 7) will host a “Jazz Happy Hour” series on Wednesdays, starting July 14, and the second Saturday of each month starting July 10.

One of the most anticipated shows in this series will feature Los Angeles trumpeter / singer Johnny Britt on August 12.

But the challenges of the workshop with the establishment of a permanent place highlight a real-world application of two of the fundamental principles he teaches in the deepest sense: adaptation and improvisation.

“This is the case in a very strange way,” Eisen said. “We have always found a way to survive and keep our heads above water and we have always been able to find a place that supports them in any way they need.”

“We were closed for almost 15 months and then we found this opportunity where we had to get back on that ship and start sailing again. We were together in the ocean during the pandemic, now we have finally made landfall and we ‘ are ready to come back in. It’s a breath of fresh air.

Bakersfield Jazz Workshop

When: Tuesdays, starting July 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Or: The Sundale Petroleum Club, 6218 Sundale Ave.

Admission: Free for the public

Contributing columnist Cesareo Garasa brings you The Lowdown on local music and entertainment every other Thursday.

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