We want to make sure you are aware of our
We want to make sure you are aware of ourhighlight show of the year, coming up very soon on Friday, May 12. This is our biggest fundraiser and we hope to fill the house as we did last year at the inaugural show at the brand new UC Theatre, now one of the East Bay’s premier music venues, with state-of-the-art sound, a huge stage, a great dance floor, and bar and food service. Please make a night of it with friends and family — hope to see you there!
What: Concert and dance party at The UC Theatre in downtown Berkeley, 2036 University Avenue
Who: BHS Jazz Ensemble PLUS two outstanding jazz/funk bands featuring BHS Jazz alumni: Alma Matters and Peter Apfelbaum & Sparkler (details below)
When: Friday, May 12, 8 p.m. - midnight (Doors open 7 p.m.)
Tickets: $100 table seating; $50 seats; $30 dance floor. Click here for online tickets
Ticket pricing notes:
This year we have 3 ticket options. $100 is table seating, at the front of the two raised tiers. $50 promises you a seat, however it is not at a table or at the front of the tiers. (The sight lines may be obstructed from some seats, so we are live-streaming on a video screen above the stage, so that all seatholders will be able to see the stage.) $30 gets you a dance floor space. If you buy your ticket from a current Berkeley High Jazz student, the service fee for any ticket is $5. Tickets purchased at the UC Theatre box officer or online carry higher service fees.
Alma Matters is a musical collaboration between lifelong friends, including Peter Apfelbaum, Jeff Cressman, Jeff Weinmann and their extended musical family. The name is a play on words, alluding to several alumni band members of the Berkeley High School Jazz Program, and alma, meaning soul. The band’s music focuses on spirituals and spiritual folk songs with a message — and will be played at this show with a funky, danceable beat. BHS alums performing on May 12th include Jeff Weinmann, Peter Apfelbaum, Will Bernard, Keith MacArthur, Josh Jones, and Erik Jekabson.
Peter Apfelbaum and Sparkler
Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist and composer Peter Apfelbaum lead Hieroglyphics Ensemble which he formed in 1977 with fellow Berkeley High School classmates. Apfelbaum’s latest project SPARKLER made their Newport Jazz Festival debut in July 2016 and played at the Freight last December. Apfelbaum is known for his work with Don Cherry, Omar Sosa, Dafins Prieto, Bill Laswell and many others. Apfelbaum’s polyrhythmic approach to the piano is rooted in West African music, Gospel music and Jazz. Originally from Berkeley, he is now based in Brooklyn.