(We have all membership cards in 2014. We have only a few membership cards left for 2015 season which is good till the end of 2015. Become a member so you don’t have to wait till 2016. You can come one time without being a member to try the social club out to see if you want to become part of the jazzista family. All your donations are tax deductible including your membership cards and entry to each session.


Email us at birdlandjazzistasocialclub@gmail.com for more info or playing at Birdland Sessions or hosting Private Events like corporate parties, birthday parties, receptions, etc. 

Purchase Memberships to get 25-50% discounts and priority emails and entry on all parties and sessions.

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2015 Schedule

Friday April 24

8pm The Noel Catura Band
Noel Catura, Sax and Vocal
Ben Luis, Bass(veteran of 53 years)
Bob Aaron, Keys
Bryant Mills, Drums
Saturday April 25
8pm Sandor Moss Cubana Azul 
Sandor Moss, percussion
Brian Ho, organ
Mike Marcus, bass(Bobby Bland band)
Band bio:
Noel Catura
Tenor, Alto and Soprano Saxophones, Flute and Clarinet


  •  3 Time Award Winner for Best Saxophonist South Bay Blues Society
  •  W.C. Handy Award Nominee
  •  Bay Area Music Award BAMMIE Nominee


  •  Selmer Paris Saxophones

As a Sideman

  •  Joe Louis Walker, “President and the Preacher”
  •  Sista Monica, “Get Out of My Way”, “People Love the Blues” and “Live in Europe”
  •  Chris Cain, “Late Night City Blues”, “Cuttin’ Loose”, “Can’t Buy A Break”
  •  Jackie Payne, “Day in the Life of a Bluesman”
  •  Andy Just, “Andy Just Don’t Cry”
  •  Ronnie Beck, “Love Comes and Goes”
  •  Greg Murai, “And Your Soul Will Dance”
  •  Killer Acid Jazz by Cue Ball, “The Big Nervous Chill”

Award winning saxophonist, Noel Catura has been performing professionally and teaching in the Bay Area for over 30 years. Noel has performed nationally and internationally at such prestigious festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), The Gospel and Rhythm and Blues Festival (New York), The Notoden Blues Festival (Norway), Belgium Rhythm and Blues Festival, the West Palm Beach Festival (Florida), Bumpershoot Festival (Seattle), San Francisco Blues Festival and Sacramento Blues Festival.

Noel has performed and toured with Verve recording artist, Joe Louis Walker and Mo’ Muscle recording artist, Sista Monica and was instrumental in the success of the critically acclaimed Chris Cain Blues Band. He also has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Dave Weckl, Wayne Wallace, Ernie Watts, Russell Ferrante, Charles Brown, Eddie “Clean Head” Vinson, Albert King, Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Pat Ford, Ike Turner, Robben Ford, Bobby Womack, Ron E. Beck, John Lee Hooker, Joey DeFrancesco, Duke Jethro, Don Menza, Jeff Lorber and a host of others.

Ben Luis

Born in the Philippines and raised state-side, he was introduced to the bass in ’62 when he joined the Intruders, an all Filipino band in San Francisco and forerunner of local Asian bands. He was influenced by rhythm & blues, top-40 pop hits, latin, soul and a bit of jazz heard on the radio. In the 70′s, he was in the cover bands Mundo, Pearl and MaxB. They played at clubs like the Peppermint Tree and Orphan Annie’s (San Francisco) and in the south bay circuit and were featured on a TV show hosted by Rev. Cecil Williams. They opened for Cal Tjader (Great American Music Hall), Mongo Santa Maria (Dolores Park), Malo, and Bette Midler (Embarcadero Center). He was also a member of Kamikazi, one of the first Asian Jazz Fusion bands in San Francisco along with Makoto, Eddie Marshall, and Eiji Tsuchiya.

Currently, Ben Luis performs with several bands in the Bay Area, including Little Brown Brother, Lily Alunan and After Hours, the Carlos Zialcita Jazztet, and the Ben Luis Quintet.


Brian Ho


Brian Ho began playing piano at the early age of five taking lessons at both Stanford and San Jose State. By the age of sixteen, he began to play professionally and started teaching. After his college years spent studying music at UC Davis, he decided to pursue his love of music as a leader, composer, and arranger. With his vast knowledge of styles and influences that includes New Orleans, Gospel, Blues, Latin Jazz, R&B, and even Hip Hop; he has developed a unique and modern take on standards and originals that bounce with energy.

Brian performed exclusively as a pianist for years until he found a way to play a portable organ. One of the most influential experiences he had was playing for an African American Baptist Church for several years as a young teenager. This is where he first forged his love affair with the Hammond Organ.  In 2009, he became an endorser for the legendary Hammond Organ. He plays the Hammond XK3c Pro XK dual manual system with the Hammond XPK-200 pedals and Leslie 3300. He also has a 1960′s Hammond A100 and vintage Leslie 122 that he take to performances as well. He solos and comps with his right hand while his left hand and feet play organ bass in the same tradition as his organ idols, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Shirley Scott, and of course, Jimmy Smith.

In early 2012, Brian released his first full CD release entitled “Organic” which features guitarist Calvin Keys (Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal), Lorca Hart, and Oscar Pangilinan.  The CD features several of Brian’s original compositions along with a few choice covers and standards that he has arranged. The album debuted at #11 on the CMJ Jazz Charts. It spent 8 weeks on the CMJ jazz charts with 4 weeks in the top 20. During that time, the Jazz Week charts were down but when it went back up on June 4th, it charted in it’s first week.

Pete Fallico (KCSM 91.1, Doodlin Records) writes, “the whole package offers such a refreshing palate of organ combo grooves and sonic delights.” Andrew Gilbert (Jazz Times, San Jose Mercury News) writes, “Organic is an impressive debut.”

The CD is available on ITunesAmazon, and CD Baby.

Brian is fortunate to play with some of the finest musicians including Richie Cole, Calvin Keys, Akira Tana, Josh Jones, Leon Joyce, Dave Ellis, Melicio Magdaluyo, Annie Sellick, Christian Tamburr, Peppe Merolla, Chuck McPherson, Bob Kenmotsu, Tony Peebles, Terrence Brewer, Lorca Hart, Clifford Brown III, Rick Vandavier, Wally Schnalle, Oscar Pangilinan, Nicholas Bearde, Jason Lewis, Jack Riordan, Joe De Rose, Jim Witzel, Scot Miller, Neil Kelly, Ken Okada, Jessica Johnson, and many more.

Brian performs regularly at several prominent concerts, jazz clubs (SF and Oakland Yoshis, etc) , jazz festivals (including the Stanford Jazz Festival, Healdsberg Jazz Festival, Sonoma Jazz Festival, Benecia Jazz Festival, SJ Jazz Festival, etc), fine restaurants and bars. He has also performed at the 2013 Hammond Organ Fellowship Concert put on by Pete Fallico. He also performs for private functions such as weddings and private corporate events. It is very common to see him with his organ trio as well as a sideman playing both piano and organ.

In addition to performing, Brian is a full time musical director at Old Orchard Elementary School in Campbell and he writes for Keyboard Magazine. Clickhere for another article.

Michael Marcus

Michael Marcus (August 25, 1952) is an American jazz clarinetist and multi-woodwind player – A clarinet, bass clarinet,
soprano saxophone; also tenor, baritone, bass, C melody, and straight alto (stritch), and saxello saxophones, composer
and arranger. Since releasing his debut recording as a leader, Under the Wire for Enja Records in 1991, he has appeared
on over thirty-five records for Soul Note, Justin’ Time, Not Two, Boxholder, Ayler, Drimala, CIMP and Qwest/Warner.
He has composed over 125 original/recorded compositions. Marcus was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts
Individual Artist Grant. Marcus’ first professional gigs were with Albert King and Bobby “Blue” Bland. Michael has
recorded and toured with the Saxemble (Frank Lowe & James Carter) and with the great Mr. Jaki Byard. With Sonny
Simmons, he is the co-leader of The Cosmosamatics with 9 recordings and multiple domestic and international tours.
Michael performed in a duo context with master drum legend Edgar Bateman. Marcus and Ted Daniel comprise Duology,
which has collaborated with Andrew Cyrille. Michael continues to record and tour with his own group.

He has performed/recorded with: Albert King (w/Harold Attyberry, Oliver Johnson), Bobby Blue Bland (w/Mel Brown,
Wayne Bennett & Morris Atchison), Sonny Simmons, Jaki Byard Trio, Rahn Burton, Billy Higgins, Carlos “Patato” Valdes,
Ted Daniel, Henry Grimes, Nasheet Waits, Tarus Mateen, Jymie Merritt, Alvin Fielder, Chris Parker, Oliver Truchot,
Warren Smith. Vince Wallace, Fred Hopkins, Philip Wilson, “Bishop” Norman Williams, B.J. PAPA, John Handy, Clifford
Barbaro, Masa Kamaguchi, Bob Cunningham, Roy Campbell, Steve Neil, Eddie Henderson, Larry Hancock, Joe LaBarbra,
Jay Rosen, Mel Graves, Charles & Cody Moffett, Chris Sullivan, Reggie Nicholson, Carlos Ward, Aaron James, Radu
Williams, Matt Brewer, Big Joe Turner, Hill Greene, Butch Morris, Christian Ravaglioli, Jerry McKinney, Charlie Kohlhase,
Drori Mondlak, Itaru Oki, Makoto Sato, Erich Hunt, Tim Price, Muziki Roberson, Carlton Holmes, Aruan Ortiz, Keith
Saunders, Sam Dockery, Dwayne Burno, Mark Helias, Juni Booth, Eric Zinman, Eric Revis, Richard Clements, Herbie
Lewis, Joe Bonner, Sid Simmons, Taru Alexander, Andrew Cyrille, Roswell Rudd, Rashaan Carter, Antoine Roney, Daniel
Levin, Francois Grillot, Eric McPherson, John Bacon Jr., Greg Piontek, Vincent Chancey, Henry Threadgill, Luther Thomas,
Bob Arkin, Tom Bruno, Art Lewis, Peter Herbert, Emil Ram, John Patton, Scott Colley, Curtis Lundy, Bob Feldman, Xavier
Davis, Gene Jackson, Darrel Green, Emanuel Harrold, Reggie Workman, Tyler Mitchell, Sonny Rhodes, Donald Smith, Eddie
Gladden, Dominic Duval, Cecil Wells, Newman T. Baker, Georg Wolf, Bruce Edwards, Sadiq Abdushahid, Chris Amberger,
Grant Levin, Don Alberts, Kiane Zawadi, Azar Lawrence, Larry Smith & Gary Strauss. Also, with Makanda Ken McIntyre
Ensemble, Grachan Moncur’s Big Band, Zane Massey’s “Liberation Suite”, Jemeel Moondoc’s JUS GREW Orchestra
(w/Steve Swell, Bern Nix, Chad Taylor, Gerald Cleaver, N. Breedlove & Tyronne Hill), Joe Bowie’s Defunkt and the Saxemble
(w/ Frank Lowe, James Carter & Cindy Blackman) – (2005), performing in a duet with drum great, Edgar Bateman and
many more great artists.

Michael in 1997-8 had the pleasure to record & tour with the late great Mr. Jaki Byard! He is extremely active in the 2000′s.
Co-leading the “Cosmosamatics” w/Sonny Simmons (touring & recording) – the Cosmosamatics have released eight CDs. Mr.
Marcus has seen the release of “Ithem” for Ayler Records – a 1993 date with William Parker and Denis Charles, his first
unaccompanied recording “Speakin’ Out”(Drimala, 2002). He also cut two trio recordings for SoulNote Records “Blue Reality”
and “Soulifications”(w/Tarus Mateen & Jay Rosen or w/Nasheet Waits). Current projects are: “Duology”, an innovative duo of
brass and Bb clarinet where he joins forces with Ted Daniel on their new release “Duology/Andrew Cyrille” 2012 on Jazzwerkstatt!
Duology “Golden Atoms” on SoulNote (2008), also “Michael Marcus & Magic Door”, a new and flexible group representing
Michael’s release for Not Two, “The Magic Door”. Michael is currently focusing on his recordings and performances with the
Bb clarinet, exclusively. While Michael continues to grow into new visions in the new millenium, he is now also presenting his
music in the format of the traditional quartet/quintet of- “Clarinet-piano-bass-drums & percussion”, keeping a flame alive!
This group in includes: Jessie Crawford, John Austria, Charlie Taylor, amongst the members. Michael’s newest release is now
also out on Not Two Records “Lotus Symphony”(www.nottwo.com-Nov.2008) w/Taru Alexander, John Austria, Rashaan Carter,
Radu Ben Judah, Jay Rosen & special guest: Antoine Roney! (2009)

Jazz clarinetist: Michael Marcus latest NYC performances have included – Alan Jay Palmer, Rashaan Carter, Russell Carter,
Dezron Douglas, Francois Grillot, David Bryant, Denton Darien, Benito Gonzalez & trumpeter Lenwood “Woody” Turner,
performing his latest compositions in his quartet! 2010 -The Cosmosamatics tour! 2011: Michael’s newest release on NotTwo – “For Yes!”

Achievements of notice:

In June 1995, he participated in the first Roland Kirk Memorial at The Cooler, NYC, playing solo.

One of the last individuals to receive a performance grant from the NEA (National Endowment of the Arts), he composed the string
arrangements to his original music. These compositions were performed for the first time with a string quartet in November 1998
during a concert at the University of Memphis, as part of a Southern US tour and again in September 1999 at New York City’s
Museum Of Modern Art.

In 2005 he has had the exceptional reward performing with the legendary drum master Edgar Bateman in a “duo” context.

In 2005 he also performed in England at the “On The Outside Festival” (w/Elton Dean, Paul Rutherford, Joe Morris & Alan Silva).

See you at the weekend sessions


Friday, April 24th
8pm Noel Catura Quintet
10pm Young Lions Jazz
Saturday, April 25th
Musica Folklorico de Cuba
Friday, May 1
8pm Tim Angula Quartet with
Howard Wiley – Tenor Saxophone
Teodross Avery – Tenor Saxophone
Kanoa Mendenhall – Bass
Timothy Angulo – Drums
Saturday, May 2
GG Amos Blues Band


Classes During The Week(2015) Card Members get a discount on all classes
730pm to 845pm Aikido Classes by East Bay Kokkai Aikido
Tuesdays: 630pm to 730pm Capoeira
730pm to 845pm Aikido Classes by East Bay Kokkai Aikido
Wednesday: 5-7 pm Band Rehearsals
6-8pm Capoeira Music and Capoeira class
8-9pm Salsa Rueda by Nick and Serena
530pm-7pm Capoeira Music and Capoeira class
10am-1pm Voice and Choir by Michelle Jacques
1pm-3pm Guitar class with LLoyd Gregory
4pm-515pm Capoeirobics with Helio Serena(1st, 3rd, and last Saturdays only)
Sundays: 11am-1pm Roots Rumba by Michael Mpiangu.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, MEMBIRDS . We are back on Friday, Jan 9

WE HAVE MOVED TO OAKLAND, 4318 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

The native intellectual had learnt from his(her) masters that the individual ought to express himself(herself) fully. The colonialist bourgeoisie had hammered into the native’s mind the idea of a society of individuals where each person shuts himself(herself) up in his(her) own subjectivity, and whose only wealth is individual thought. Now the native who has the opportunity to return to the people during the struggle for freedom will discover the falseness of this theory. Brother, sister, friend–these are words outlawed by the colonialist bourgeoisie, because for them my brother is my purse, my friend is part of my scheme for getting on. The native intellectual takes part . . . in the destruction of all his(her) idols: egoism, recrimination that springs from pride, and the childish stupidity of those who always want to have the last word. Such a colonized intellectual, dusted over by colonial culture, will in the same way discover the substance of village assemblies, the cohesion of people’s communities, and the extraordinary fruitfulness of local meetings and groupments. Henceforth, the interests of one will be the interests of all.” Frantz Fanon

Birdland Jazzista Social Club-Manila now open.


Birdland Jazzista Social Club History Video

A Berkeley staple moves to Oakland. from Oakland North on Vimeo.

Birdland Jazzista Social Club Now Open to the new members.

Welcome to the Birdland Jazzista Social Club a.k.a. Birdland Jazz and BBQ and Multi Culti Grill, a former private social club for five years and the longest continuous weekly house party in bay area history. BJSC is now open to the old and new members located on 4318 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. We encourage you to get membership cards to get priority entry at our Jazzista sessions/parties/events. Priority entry goes to card members and then our private email list in entering Birdland once we open in Oakland in late August. Meanwhile, we are hosting music in the new five block music district called BAAMP(Bay Area Art n Music Project) we have created. Become a card member to avoid not being able to enter the hottest jazz/blues/Latin jazz party in the bay area.

BAAMP_map4 copy jazzistacard Purchase your membership card here.  It will be mailed to you. Become a member to guarantee you discounts and entry for you and your friends to Birdland sessions. IMG_3179     Birdland Jazzista Social Club began as a one time front yard driveway barbecue(since the backyard is tiny and the sun sets on the driveway) on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28, 2010 for friends and neighbors of the Birdman. There was no clear purpose other than just to get together with a futon and some chairs on the driveway and part of the sidewalk. It was such a hit that the bbq with KCSM 91.1 jazz radio playing in the background continued for several months every Friday. Somewhere along the summer, more neighbors, friends, and BART commuters out of the North Berkeley station weary from their commute joined in for the free bbq every Friday, bringing some small dishes and their own drinks. Thus, Birdland Jazz and BBQ was born especially when my adjacent neighbor Paul Lynch brought his jazz trio to play in the garage in August. By early Fall 2010, renovations were underway to covert the six car garage to a cultural space for the community. By the end of the summer and early autumn, words like “community building, global intersections, organic arts paradigm, culturas sin fronteras y de la resistencia, and triumph of the human spirit” were being thrown around. Birdman just wanted to have bbq every Friday and have a good time; the only triumph Birdman knew was to never run out of food for eight hours. Birdmom once told Birdchild, “You can get bored of conversations at a party; you may not recall who played music at the event, but you run out of food, fiesta is over, and everyone remembers.” Birdman grew up in a provincial town in the Philippines where these human experiments happen everyday, so the bbqs’ and music ain’t nothing but a chicken wing. But Birdman was running out of money by the end of August since the bbqs’ were all free. So six friends and neighbors stepped up to sponsor the cost of the bbq, and the sponsorship rotated every seven weeks for each person. By Fall 2010, Multi Culti Grill was also added to Birdland Jazz and BBQ, inspired by Morgan Lim,  a Malaysian born satay grill artist and connoisseur.  Morgan wanted to showcase the great grilling traditions of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines.  Who was Birdman to argue; he loves to eat and cook. This has become the specialty of Birdland Jazzista Social Club focusing on satays, rendangs, and seafood wrapped in banana leaves.  By September 2010, jazz programming was also added to support the local jazz musicians who increasing had fewer places to play given the closures of  so many local jazz hubs (Anna’s Jazz Island, Shanghai 1930, Downtown Restaurant in 2010 and D’Vine Jazz and Wine and Coda Jazz in 2011) and to afford the kids of the Berkeley High School Jazz Program a place to play. By this time, the community, neighbors, and friends were making Friday night bbqs their weekly ritual to break bread with each other; homeless and folks on the margins of insanity(most of Berkeley) found a place to call “home;” unemployed and financially distressed people who wanted have something to eat and be entertained on Fridays found something very affordable(the food was all free, lol); upscale professionals and hipsters who wanted to be part of something cutting edge that they could twitter/facebook/blog about; families with kids and dogs in tow could also have a place to go all together; and Berkeley High School Jazz kids had a place to gig every week. All these reasons were lost on the Birdman. Birdman just wanted to party like the way they party in the favelas of Bahia in Brasil and streets of Manila’s barangays and Malate district where he frequents. December 2010 was when the  City of Berkeley Zoning informed Birdman Mike and Birdland that it was in violation of public right of way ordinance for people eating and conversing in front of the builiding on the sidewalk, and public health ordinances for serving free food to neighbors, friends, and anyone who came up to the grill. This was a low point for Birdland Jazz and BBQ. Birdman and the other Birdlanders did not know that people can not be on the sidewalk with a piece of chicken, rib, or calamari; heck, even the neighborhood dogs who came with ribs in their mouths did not know they were being criminalized.  Birdman consulted with Birdmom on the issue; Birdmom, an uber devout Catholic who goes to church daily, replied: “There’s always a Judas in every neighborhood.” Birdman and Jazzistas don’t know; no one has ever kissed them on their cheeks.  Birdman did not know that one can not give away free food to the public; one needs a public health permit.  In an attempt to comply with Berkeley City Ordinances, Birdland Jazz and BBQ morphed into the Birdland Jazzista Social Club, no longer open to the public but now a private social club only taking place on private property and minimal traffic on the sidewalk so as not to obstruct people who might be walking around midnight in this bustling subway station not unlike the Shibuya district of Tokyo(the little beagle, named Pinky is our little Hachiko).  Birdlanders used to intentionally block passersby from walking through; pedestrians first had to eat something and meet their neighbors before they were allowed to pass through.  It was Birdland’s way of creating a sense of community by meeting folks from the neighborhood. That will no longer be a tradition, but the Jazzistas are still committed to the spirit of openness.  Berkeley Zoning Department has been helpful clarifying the zoning issues for Birdland so free bbq will only be available to private members to avoid public health permits. Please register your dog also for a jazzista membership. 2011 brought a new year. Birdland cooperated with the City of Berkeley who now support these type of gatherings to promote community in the neighborhood. Birdland Jazzista Social Club expanded this year to provide movie nights, block parties,  and other, birdhouse building and other workshops for kids and their parents, and any other neighborhood activities the Jazzistas can dream of. In 2012, Birdland Jazzista Social Club expanded to Manila, Philippines. In 2013, another branch will open in Bangkok at the famed Chatuchak weekend market where you can listen to jazz, have drinks, while enjoying the shopping at the 15,000 stalls available at the market. 2014 saw the opening of the Oakland chapter with a Jakarta, Indonesia chapter in 2015, home of the biggest jazz festival in the world. Birdland Jazzista Social Club is the little jazz garage/bbq grill locomotive that could because it couldn’t be any other way. Located right across the North Berkeley BART station in Berkeley’s upper west side adjacent to Central Park de Ohlone, the cultural space is 1200 square feet with a stage for performers and seating on comfortable leather couches.  In the front driveway and in the backyard are Multi Culti Grills serving anything out of Southeast Asia you can grill. Tropical drinks like lychee, rambutan, coconut and guava will be added this summer along with fish and bulgogi soft tacos. There’s also two hookah/shisha lounges in the backyard and a mini sports tv viewing area in the front sideyard for boxing aficionados to catch the latest fights replayed.  Birdland Jazzista Social Club will remind you of Latin American café/music houses and small European venues. Birdland is all about creating a new social model, a new cultural ethos where neighbors get together every week and a social gathering not based on profit, or non-profit. Birdland Jazzista Social Club is a for-loss and for love human experiment that belongs to everyone and has no owners; Jazzista is a state of mind and being. “Viva la potlatch, Viva el pollo y calamari, Viva la comunidad! Hasta la Jazzista Siempre” Ernesto Cevi”che” Jazzista “Give me a pork rib, or give me death!” Anonymous Jazzista Birdland Jazzista Social Club is generously supported by the Birdland Jazzista Fundonation. After all, “it’s all about having fun!” We are a non profit  501 (c)3 non-profit organization. We were formerly a 510 (it’s free) for loss business organization. All donations are Tax Deductible. Make checks out to Birdland Jazzista Social Club, 4318 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, CA 94609. EIN NUMBER: 46-5652966

One Garage, a BBQ Grill, and a Beagle Produksyon

  BIRDLAND JAZZISTA SOCIAL CLUB receives endorsements and endorses Canopus Drums, Spaun Drums, Blue Mic, Jazzkat Amps, Mark Bass Amps,  Nord keyboards and Guitar Center. Birdland Jazzista Social Club does not sell or serve food. Cafe will open at the 4th quarter of 2014.         imgres-2 url-5