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Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:40 PM
Subject: [BHS Etree] JAZZ: BHS Jazz Combo A wins Downbeat Magazine's HS Combo of the Year Award

PLEASE do not reply to this email, contact Sarah Cline

It seems everyone has figured out how amazing BHS's Jazz Combo A is -- just 2 days after winning the combo division at the Reno Jazz Festival, and a month after winning the same division at the prestigious Monterey NextGen Jazz Festival, Berkeley High's Combo A has been named High School Combo of the Year by Downbeat Magazine. This is the number one jazz trade magazine in the US, and Liam Collins (alto sax), Hugo Shiboski (tenor sax), Sam Klein-Markman (guitar), Michael Orenstein (piano), Max Schwartz (bass) and Marcelo Perez (drums) beat out groups from across the nation.

This is the SECOND YEAR IN A ROW that BHS's Jazz Combo A has won both the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Downbeat Magazine Award -- and the 2 combos that did this had entirely different personnel.

Jazz combos are built around the values of individual expression within an environment of intricate, sensitive group interaction and cooperation. For BHS to produce so many outstanding combo musicians for decades in a row does not mean there is "something in the water up there in Berkeley," as some journalists like to suggest. Rather, it means we come from a community that shares and supports these values. There are tons of examples of student creativity and voice and cooperative art-making bursting out of the seams of the Berkeley High School campus, as well as the community at large. Berkeley was named one of the best communities nationwide for music education, in large part because our population has voted for parcel taxes specifically to provide opportunities for our young people for just the kind of creative growth and expression exemplified by our jazz combos.

Combo A's continued domination of the jazz world is reason for all of us to be proud.

Congratulations to Combo A! Keep your eyes on these guys, you'll hear about them in years to come.

A reminder that auditions for the 2013-2014 Berkeley High Jazz Program are coming up. Visit for information.

There are THREE MORE OPPORTUNITIES to hear the award-winning combo A, as well as the spectacular combos B and C as well as the wonderful BHS Jazz Ensemble perform this year. They are:

May 19, noon - 5 Jazz on 4th FREE outdoor festival with great food, sunshine, opportunity to support our Jazz program through purchasing raffle tickets with fabulous prizes provided by the 4th street merchants. The combos play at noon and the big band plays at 4 p.m. In between there are 3 great professional groups playing. Sponsored by KCSM and the 4th Street Merchants Association.

May 30, 7 p.m. Ashkenaz on San Pablo at Gilman in Berkeley. Combos and Alumni concert. Hear all 3 official BHS combos with alumni guest artists, and then stick around to hear the alumni play on their own. Guest alumni will include Dayna Stephens, Josh Jones, Hitomi and Erika Oba, Chase Jackson, and Sarah Cline, among many others (you never know who might stop in...). $20 adults, $8 youth/seniors. This will be a fabulous concert, highly recommended!

June 7th, 7 p.m. Florence Schwimley Little Theatre Jazz Final Concert. This concert is epic, bring a sleeping bag. It will feature all 3 big bands, 5 or 6 combos, senior awards, etc. etc. etc. FREE to BHS staff and students, $10 to other adults, $3 youth/seniors.

Some of you got to catch these groups at the assemblies we played in late March -- others missed out. All please mark your calendars and come out and support the jazz program. And it really is your last chance to hear this year's fabulous combo A ever play together (unless you'll be at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September): Liam, Hugo, Sam, Michael, Max and Marcelo would love to see you at any or all of these events.

Sarah Cline
Jazz Program Director
Berkeley High School
Posted By:  Rick Cornish

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