[BHS Etree] BUSD: BHS Jazz Alumni Concert Honors Dr. Herb Wong June 1st
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Thu May 15 09:45:19 PDT 2014
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Berkeley High Jazz Alumni Concert Honors Dr. Herb Wong June 1st
Berkeley, CA, Berkeley High Jazz Program alumni will honor the late Dr.
Herb Wong, father of Berkeley School Jazz Programs, at the 3rd Annual
Berkeley High School Jazz Alumni Concert on June 1st. Some of their
finest musicians, spanning decades of Berkeley High Jazz, will celebrate
The concert will be held on Sunday June 1st from 2-5PM at the beautiful
Coventry Grove, a private outdoor performance space in Kensington. Music
director for the Berkeley High Jazz Alumni All-Stars will be Charles
Hamilton, who helmed the storied BHS Jazz program from 1981 through 2009.
The show will be emceed by KCSM/Jazz 91 deejay Jesse "Chuy" Varela.
While the final lineup for the Alumni All-Stars is still shaping up,
performers include multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum, saxophonists
Bennett Friedman and Hitomi Oba, bassonist Paul Hanson, percussionist
Josh Jones, trombonist Sarah Cline, and surprise guests. The event
benefits the Berkeley High Jazz Program. In addition, current Berkeley
High advanced combos, one just back from performing at the Monterey Jazz
Festival, will perform sets with guest alumni sitting in.
A posthumous award will be presented from the City of Berkeley, honoring
Dr. Wong's inspiration to generations of Berkeley jazz musicians. An
accomplished jazz journalist, historian, critic, recording artist, and
concert producer, Dr. Wong may be best beloved as a founding father of
the Berkeley Schools Jazz program. Dr. Wong was the visionary principal
of Washington Elementary School who hired Phil Hardymon, Dick Wittington
and Bob Chacona to teach jazz to Berkeley Unified School District kids
in the late 1960s. "He was one of a very few people in the nation then
who believed in jazz education from the elementary school level,"
commented current Berkeley High Jazz Program Director Sarah Cline, "--
as music education, as a part of the civil rights movement, and as a way
of propagating a truly democratic and artistic spirit among those of us
in the next generation."
All ages are welcome. Tickets are $20 at the door or through
BerkeleyHighJazz.org <http://BerkeleyHighJazz.org> and Eventbrite.com
<http://Eventbrite.com>. Advance tickets are recommended.
Doors open at 1PM. Carpooling is encouraged. Allow time to park and
walk. "No Parking" signs are strictly enforced.
More info about the Berkeley High School Jazz program at
More info about Dr. Herb Wong available HERE,
Event info here, http://www.bhsjazz.org/event/bhs-jazz-alumni-concert/
Contact: Berkeleyhighjazz at gmail.com <mailto:Berkeleyhighjazz at gmail.com>
or Sibila Savage at sibsavage at yahoo.com <mailto:sibsavage at yahoo.com> or
Mark Coplan, Public Information Officer
Berkeley Unified School District
510-644-6320 <tel:510-644-6320> Cell: 510-472-3811 <tel:510-472-3811>
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