(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.

REVIEWS/PRESS OF BJSC “Your second home”

The hottest Jazz/Blues/Salsa/Latin Jazz/Indie Social Club in Bay Area.

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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 2015 Schedule
On to this weekend of February 27 and 28th.

Friday, Feb 27th
8pm Jazz Caliente

Lee Waterman – guitar
Loren Linnard – keyboards
Melecio Magdaluyo – sax, flute, clarinet, & congas
Bill Belasco  – drums

Hear the band’s latest CD on the web at


Patrick Hogan Trio with Patrick Hogan on piano, Kanoa Mendenhall on bass, and me (Benjamin Ring) on drums. These young lions are gonna be something in a few years if they aren’t already.

Saturday, Feb 28th
8pm-11pm Allen Ace Vega Blues Band(This band makes their first ever appearance at Birdland so they are gonna tear it up so be ready to move and groove)

Allen Vega-guitar @vocals,
Sugar G.Robinson-piano/keyboards
See you at this weekends sessions.
Artist Bios

Michaelle Goerlitz • Percussion 

Lee Waterman – Guitarist, Composer, Producer
Lee is originally from New York, where his early interest in music was nurtured by his grandmother, a locally prominent classical pianist. At the age of nine he studied drums and later played in the school band. In his late teens, Lee took up guitar and Latin percussion. For the next several years he studied jazz guitar and music theory with internationally known guitarist and author, Warren Nunes. This strong foundation in the classic jazz styles plus the multicultural influences of percussion studies forged his eclectic compositional style. Among his credits, Lee has led several Bay-Area based combos throughout the last two decades, has performed with sax great John Handy, and opened for many headliners, including Tito Puente and Pancho Sanchez

Melecio Magdaluyo – Tenor and Soprano Sax, Flute, Clarinet, and Congas
Melecio is without doubt one of the finest reed men on the West Coast. He has appeared and recorded with Ray Charles, Tito Puente, Eddy Palmieri, George Coates, Pete Escovedo and John Santos’ Machete Ensemble, to name just a few.

Bill Belasco – Drums
Bill’s energetic and propulsive style is beautifully balanced by his impeccable sense of timing and sound color. After taking up drums at the age of three, He played in various school groups and orchestras, eventually going on the road with The Graduates, a brass rock band that toured throughout the U.S. and Canada. Bill eventually settled in the Bay Area. Over the years, his mastery of samba, bossa nova and baiao rhythms of Brazil, as well as many Afro-Cuban, jazz, and popular idioms, has made him one of the top drummers on the San Francisco music scene. He’s performed with such diverse groups as Majestic Swing, The Sharmen Duran Trio, The Dave Miller Trio, the Pickle Family Circus, and the Mike Vax Big Band.

Allen “Ace” Vega – Guitar, Arrange

Allen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and first started playing guitar at age 15. As a teen, Allen was greatly influenced by his musically talented family, which includes his uncle, Grammy winner, Gold album recipient and West Coast Blues Hall of Fame inductee (Guitarist) David “Dynamite” Vega of Graham Central Station fame. Soon Allen developed a powerful blues guitar style, and began appearing at Bay Area jam nights.

At age eighteen Allen joined his first professional band, Jack Rudy and The Blues Voodoo’s playing throughout Northern California. They won the west coast “Best Unsigned Band” contest at JJ’s Blues in Mountain View. Allen began making a name for himself within the local blues scene while with the Blues Voodoo’s
In 1987 Allen formed Smokin’ Gun, a powerful blues trio. Smokin’ Gun went on to win BAM (Bay Area Music) Magazine’s Battle of the Bands, being chosen over 50 other bands. This win led them to opening for such acts as Elvin Bishop, Joe Louis Walker, Edgar Winter, Leon Russell, Lowell Fulson, Lenny Williams, J.J. Malone, Cool Papa, and many others.
In 1993 Allen joined with Frankie Lee (a.k.a. Little Frankie Lee), a noted San Francisco Bay Area soul and blues artist on the road. As bandleader and music director for the Frankie Lee Band, he showed his capacity as he played his way criss-crossing the United States and Canada for five years. He not only showcased his powerful lead work, but he showed his sensitivity while backing a singer and provided leadership while maintaining a high standard of musicianship. Allen’s powerful show openers and endless energy-packed finales caught the attention of many. His showmanship, stage presence, and his playing ability reflect the influences of Albert Collins, Albert King and Freddie King.

While with Frankie Lee, Vega shared the bill with such fabulous acts as Bobby “Blue” Bland, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Bobby Murray, Sonny Rhodes, Lucky Peterson, Luther Allison, Kenny Neil, Coco Montoya and many others. He played such venues as Antone’s, House of Blues, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Morganfield’s, B.B. King’s, and many many festivals, including the Monterey Bay Blues Festival and Portland’s waterfront Blues festival performing for a crowds of over 40,000 people.

In late 1997 Vega left the Frankie Lee Band to develop and present his own music as singer, songwriter and guitarist. Appearing at local Bay Area blues clubs. Allen was also regularly working and recording with Bay Area Blues Legend, J.J. Malone.
After touring for nearly ten years Allen settled in Livermore California with his wife to raise 
their family only performing at private events and local clubs.
For the past couple of years Allen has teamed up with recording artist Big
Cat Tolefree and has been tearing up the Blues scene performing at most of the major festivals and venues throughout California and even opening for the Legendary B.B. King at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, Ca. Allen’s passion for the blues proved too powerful for him to hold back. Recently Vega said good bye to BC and has formed a powerful cast of musicians portraying Allen’s excitement for the blues, bringing back energy and tunes that have not been played for years. Allen is looking to soon release his second album featuring Vega’s long love for the blues. Soon Allen will once again be expanding his playground to include the States, Canada, Europe and wherever Blues Festivals may lead him.


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