(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.
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REVIEWS/PRESS OF BJSC “Your second home”
HAPPY NEW YEAR, MEMBIRDS . We are back on Friday, Jan 9 2015 Schedule
Saturday, March 7th,
8pm Big Cat Tolfree
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“Every now and then a voice comes along that tugs at your ear and whispers something unforgetable. Elysia Strauss has that ability and continues to amaze me.”
“Elysia is one of the most talented and creative young musicians I know. She is a joy to work with. Her music is innovative and challenging, but great fun to play and to listen.”
“Elysia Strauss has an approach to improvisation that is firmly rooted in the past and always looking into the future. Always soulful, intelligent, and creative ……. she is the “real thing” in every way.”
“What sparked my lifelong love for jazz was a recording I heard when I was 10. My junior high band teacher gave me a cassette tape that I quickly wore out called “The Blues and the Abstract Truth” by Oliver Nelson. The jazz band was playing “Stolent Moments” and my audition was a transcription of the tenor solo. I was playing clarinet at the time but was told there were no clarinets in jazz band, so I quickly learned how to play bari sax, the only spot available in the band. In retrospect it must have looked ridiculous, a scrawny 10 year old girl playing bari. I didn’t need a neck strap because the thing just sat on the ground and was the perfect height for me to play. I learned the solo and that’s how I started playing saxophone.”
Originally a Bay Area native, Elysia Strauss has recently located to Los Angeles, CA. With 18 years of playing the saxophone, a Bachelors of Music from Portland State Universty, and a Masters in Jazz Performance from California Institute of the Arts, Elysia has a substantial amount of experience playing a wide variety of music and composing. Her main project at the moment is her high energy, tenor heavy, progressive jazz quartet Brundlefly whose debut album was released in February 2013. Elysia also plays many free-lance gigs in the LA area, teaches jazz clinics, and teaches saxophone, clarinet and flute privately. For more information about lessons and clinics please click on the “Teaching” tab at the top.
Elysia has also had the honor of performing with Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Alphonso Johnson, Darek Oles, and Mark Ferber. She has performed at The Oregon Brewers Festival, The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Jimmy Maks jazz club in Portland OR, The San Jose Jazz Festival in San Jose CA, The Baked Potato in Studio City CA, The Blue Whale in Los Angeles, CA and The House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA.
- See more at: http://elysiastrauss.com/
Maracujá plays music of Latin America drawing from its roots to find their own sound. From Brasil and its street sambas and gentle bossa novas to Cuba and its African rhythms of son, guajira, mambo, and bolero. ….and all places in between. Music for a mood or music to move to.
Maracujá can perform in intimate settings as a duo or trio or grow to a full band to play fiery Afro Cuban and Afro Brazilian rhythms to make a crowd swing and dance.
Caitlin Belem- Voice, Saxophone, Guitar, Berimbau
Caitlin Belem grew up in a house full of music in Northern Wyoming. She fell in love with the fiddle at a young age and and continued to learn, playing saxophone, guitar and singing through private lessons, school groups and with her parents. Since, she has explored many genres from Brazilian bossa nova and samba, to Cuban son, to American jazz, blues, and swing. After high school, she moved to Brazil and studied Brazilian culture, music, and Capoeira Angola. She returned multiple times to Brazil and also had the good fortune to visit Cuba for prolonged periods. She went to study music and culture through the Portland based organization, CubaAyuda, and through a grant from Oberlin College. Aside from performing with Maracujá, Caitlin sings and plays with the band At Five and various other local and traveling musicians. Caitlin also works organizing music festivals and other events with the Centrum Foundation, Union Cultural Center (FICA), and Northwest Folklife. Please visit Caitlin’s own page for more info: caitlinbelem.com
Terrence Rosnagle – Guitar
Terrence was born in Pasadena, California and raised in the Los Angeles area – but as an adult he became a musical gypsy who has traveled to the ends of the earth to learn, play, and perform different World Musics.
Terrence was initially self taught and inspired by Delta Blues and Rock and Roll guitarist such as Robert Johnson, Son House, and Jimi Hendrix. Later, his interests switched to the sound of the Spanish guitar and World Music. He went on to study Flamenco guitar with private teachers in Spain such as Jose Ignacio Franco and El Carbonero in Jerez de la Frontera and through the Conservatory de Licieu in Barcelona, Spain. He has studied Classical and South American guitar with the Chilean maestro Eulogio Davalos in Barcelona and Brazilian guitar styles with Steve Erquiaga at the Jazz School in Berkeley, California. Terrence has lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina studying Folkloric guitar styles and in Istanbul, Turkey where he studied ud and Turkish Classical Music. A diverse player, he has performed solo and in duos, trios, and groups playing musical styles ranging from Cuban Son to Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova – Spanish Classical and Flamenco to Argentinian Zambas and Milongas – Delta Blues to Rock and Roll. Terrence has performed professionally in the United States, Spain, and Turkey. For more information about Terrence visit his Web page at TerrenceRosnagle.com
Sam Esecson – Percussion
Sam Esecson (ESS-eck-sun) grew up in Southern California and began studying drum set when he was eight years old. He made his move to the Pacific Northwest after high school to attend the University of Puget Sound and be near Seattle’s vibrant music scene. At first exposure, Sam became enamored with Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music and, after graduating, traveled to Brazil twice to study percussion and soak in the culture.
Sam has performed with dozens of bands, touring extensively throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, and most Western European countries. Some of these bands include The Paperboys, Polyrhythmics, Cordaviva, Locarno, Vicci Martinez, Si Limon, Eli Rosenblatt, Michel Navedo and Brazil Novo, Eduardo Mendonça, EntreMundos Band, and Maracujá. Sam also teaches private drum and percussion lessons in Seattle and on the Eastside. www.samesecson.com
Big Cat Tolfree
Back up Vocals:
WE HAVE MOVED TO OAKLAND, 4318 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Birdland Jazzista Social Club-Manila now open.
Birdland Jazzista Social Club History Video
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.
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. 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.