BHS Jazz News and Events

Kasey_KnudsenFreight and Salvage: April 17

Under the direction of Sarah Cline, two of our Berkeley High Jazz bands (the Two O’clock Band and the Four O’clock Band) will perform at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). They will be joined by special guest saxophonist Kasey Knudsen (pictured left) Tickets: $20 advance/$24 at the door with discounts for students and seniors. Ticket information here. Event info here.

Fourth Street concert: May 12

We’re adding a date to our spring calendar! Join us for an outdoor dance concert on Saturday, May 12, at Fourth Street, 12:30 to 4 p.m. On Delaware, west of Fourth Street  (street closed between Peet’s & Sur la Table—lots of room to dance!). Schedule: 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Combos; 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.: Professional Band TBA; 3-4 p.m.: BHS Jazz Ensemble. See you there!

UC Theatre show: June 1 Latin Dance Party!

BHS Jazz’s largest annual fundraiser will be on Friday, June 1 at the incredible UC Theatre  in Berkeley! Our Jazz Ensemble will play along with the new All-Star Lab Band. Tickets on sale soon from BHS Jazz students ($20 under 21 * $30 dance floor * $55 for reserved seat * $95 VIP seat at table) and at UC Theatre Box Office. Save the date and tell your friends! Come and dance to great Latin jazz!

2018 BHS Jazz goes to Cuba

Our BHS Jazz Ensemble traveled to Cuba again in 2018 to collaborate with learn from and perform with Cuban musicians. Parent Michael Bettendorf captured highlights on video. Watch it here!


Spotlight: Band Director Sarah Cline

Sarah Cline BWSarah Cline is in her eighth year as Jazz Director at Berkeley High School, a premier jazz program known nationally and internationally as an incubator of talent and a citadel of swing. Her students regularly represent at high level festivals, and get into top flight college music programs.  During her time at Berkeley High, she has led four tours to Cuba, collaborating with La Escuela Nacional de la Musica in Havana.  Sarah is the founder of JazzGirls Day, an event that now is spreading to communities across the US that encourages young women to see a place for themselves in the world of jazz. In addition to her teaching duties, Sarah is an in-demand professional trombonist in the San Francisco Bay Area in both jazz and salsa bands.  She has presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and the California All-State Music Education Conference. 


FINAL GROUP bw. kids-col bck shadow-miniInterested in BHS’s Performing Arts?

Participation in the Berkeley High School performing arts program is open to current and incoming BHS students. We encourage all interested students to check out the information in this document.

Gratitude to donors and friends

Your support enables us to provide a world-class jazz education and more! Many thanks to the individuals, businesses and foundations supporting the BHS Jazz Program. Find a complete donor list here.

Shop on Amazon? BHS Jazz can benefit!

If you already shop on Amazon, how about designating BHS Jazz as your charity? It’s an easy way to support BHS Jazz! Here’s our Amazon Smile code: Berkeley High School Jazz. And here’s the link.