Presented by Fourth Street Merchants and KCSM/Jazz 91, the 17th Annual Jazz on Fourth Street Festival, benefiting the jazz programs at Berkeley High School, will feature free performances from famed radio host and pianist Dick Conte’s Quartet with Steve Webber on bass, Steve Heckman on saxophones and Bill Moody on drums; the classic blues sounds from three-time Grammy Nominated vocalist Lady Bianca; and the classic and contemporary Cuban and Salsa repertoire from Rumbaché. The Berkeley High School Combo A, awarded DownBeat Magazine's 2011 Best High School Combo Award, and the full 22-piece Berkeley High School Ensemble, directed by Sarah Cline.
Jazz on 4th is an incredible opportunity for Berkeley HIgh School students to share the stage with some of region's best musicians," said Sarah Cline, BHS Jazz Program Director.
The mix of outstanding music, fantastic food, and a wonderful community, makes this a really fun event. We are so grateful to the Bay Area Jazz community, KCSM, and the 4th Street merchants for supporting the Berkeley HIgh School Jazz Program," Said Martin Bourque, BHS Jazz Parents' Association Board Member.
During the Festival, a raffle will be held to benefit the Berkeley High School Jazz programs. The street and the plaza will be filled with Fourth Street merchants offering interactive displays, children’s activities and unique food and beverages including beer and sake gardens. All proceeds from beer and sake sales go directly to Berkeley High Jazz programs.
The Berkeley High Jazz Program once home to Ambrose Akinmusire, Joshua Redman, Dave Ellis, Peter Apfelbaum, Michael Wolff, Benny Green and many others, is a national model of instrumental education. The proceeds from this event will help the school continue the jazz programs and provide much needed funds for the ensemble to travel to many upcoming national and international jazz festival competitions. Jazz On Fourth Street has collected over $140,000 for the music program since the Festival’s inception. The proceeds from raffle tickets and the beer and sake sales go directly to Berkeley High Jazz Program to help fund travel to festivals, scholarships and their upcoming tour to Havana, Cuba.
DICK CONTE QUARTET, 1:15pm – 2:00pm
Jazz pianist and KCSM DJ Dick Conte is an integral part of the Bay Area jazz scene with his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz, formidable jazz radio presence and his piano stylings. His quartet, featuring Steve Heckman on saxophones, Steve Webber on bass and Bill Moody on drums, will play jazz standards from the Great American songbook mixed with original compositions.
LADY BIANCA, 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Three-time Grammy nominee, Lady Bianca is one of the most creative and talented blues singers today. With a classic blues sound mixed with jazz and R&B, Lady Bianca connects to the past while honoring the future.
Rumbaché, 3:10pm – 3:50pm
Rumbaché has established themselves as one of the hottest Bay Area Salsa Bands. Fusing salsa, timba, bomba, funk, they provide a hard hitting style of playing as they interpret the classic and contemporary Cuban and Salsa repertoire.
Sponsors include KCSM, Trumer Brewery, Takara Sake, Drew Properties, Fourth Street Shops.