Berkeley Jazz Festival
|Location(s)||Berkeley, California, USA|
|Genre||Jazz, Blues, Rock, R&B|
The Berkeley Jazz Festival is held once a year at the outdoors Hearst Greek Theatre on the University of California, Berkeley campus. The theatre overlooks the San Francisco Bay at Hearst & Gayley Road. The festival, begun in 1967 by Darlene Chan, is now being produced by "Bay Area Productions", and Gregg W. Perloff's "Another Planet Entertainment", and has no connection to the original UCB-student-run festival.
- 1 Notable performers
- 1.1 Original Festival
- 1.1.1 1967
- 1.1.2 1968
- 1.1.3 1969
- 1.1.4 1974
- 1.1.5 1975 - The Ninth Annual Berkeley Jazz Festival
- 1.1.6 1976 - The Tenth Annual Berkeley Jazz Festival
- 1.1.7 1977 - The Eleventh Annual Berkeley Jazz Festival
- 1.1.8 1978 - The Twelfth Annual Berkeley Jazz Festival
- 1.1.9 1979 - The Thirteenth Annual Berkeley Jazz Festival
- 1.1.10 1980
- 1.1.11 1982 - The 16th Annual U.C. Berkeley Jazz Festival (A SUPERB/ASUC Production)
- 1.1.12 1986
- 1.2 Another Planet Entertainment
- 1.1 Original Festival
- 2 References
- 3 External links
- 4 See also
The first festival was held April 7–8 at the Greek Theater. Friday evening saw sets by Miles Davis, The Modern Jazz Quartet, and the Gerald Wilson Big Band. On Saturday, the Bill Evans Trio, the Horace Silver Quintet, the John Handy Concert Ensemble, and Big Mama Thornton performed.
The second annual festival was held in April–May. Miles Davis, Carmen McRae, Mike Stern, Eddie Gale, Thelonious Monk, Cecil Taylor and Gerald Wilson's Big Band. Davis appeared with the Gil Evans Orchestra, the first time the two men had played together since their 1961 Carnegie Hall concert. The 1968 performance was Davis' last one with that group. Lalo Schifrin lectured on jazz music on April 20. Guitarist Wes Montgomery appeared with his two brothers: Monk on piano and Buddy on electric bass. Pianist Thelonious Monk gave a concert and conducted a workshop which was delayed until six small space heaters could be located and brought to the stage, as his hands were cold. At first he performed wearing gloves with cut-out fingers.
Held in April–May, 1969, with Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock Sextet, Tony Williams, Zutty Singleton, Roy Haynes, Albert King, Archie Shepp, and King Errison. Martha and the Vandellas canceled due to illness and were replaced by the Ed Hawkins Singers.
1975 - The Ninth Annual Berkeley Jazz Festival
Stanley Turrentine - Grover Washington, Jr. - Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds - Taj Mahal (musician) - Joe Bataan - Freddie Hubbard - Gil Scott-Heron - Les McCann - Eddie Harris Cannonball Adderley and Nat Adderley
1976 - The Tenth Annual Berkeley Jazz Festival
Friday May 28: Charles Mingus Quintet with Nat Adderley - Rahsaan Roland Kirk and the Vibration Society - George Benson
Saturday, May 29: Weather Report - Hubert Laws featuring Patrice Rushen - Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes
Sunday, May 30: McCoy Tyner - Ramsey Lewis - Betty Carter - Ronnie Laws and Pressure 
1977 - The Eleventh Annual Berkeley Jazz Festival
Friday May 27: McCoy Tyner/Tony Williams/Ron Carter - Elvin Jones with Ryo Kawasaki - Jean Carn - Bill Summers & Julian Priestley Summers Heat
Saturday, May 28: Grover Washington, Jr. - Dexter Gordon with Woody Shaw & Louis Hayes - Al Jarreau - Pyramids
Sunday, May 29: Ella Fitzgerald - Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band - Billy Harper - Bishop Norman Williams - Elements PreciseGeorge Duke appeared as well.
1978 - The Twelfth Annual Berkeley Jazz Festival
(Dedicated to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1936–1977)
Saturday May 20 - Bay Area Jazz Band Day: Ridd'm - Sadaka - Gregory James Quartet - Listen with Mel Martin
Saturday, May 27: Airto Moreira & Flora Purim - Ramsey Lewis - Freddie Hubbard - Hubert Laws - Michael Franks
Sunday, May 28: Night Flyte - Noel Pointer - Oscar Peterson/Ray Brown/Louis Bellson - Herbie Hancock/Ron Carter/Tony Williams - Eddie Jefferson featuring George Cables & Richie Cole
1979 - The Thirteenth Annual Berkeley Jazz Festival
Friday May 25: Al Jarreau - John Klemmer - Betty Carter - Tony Williams Band
Saturday, May 26: Weather Report - Sonny Rollins - Pat Metheny
Sunday, May 27: A Special Tribute to Charles Mingus: Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius, Don Alias, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams - Dizzy Gillespie - Eddie Jefferson with Richie Cole
1982 - The 16th Annual U.C. Berkeley Jazz Festival (A SUPERB/ASUC Production)
Saturday, May 29: McCoy Tyner and Friends with guest vocalist Phyllis Hyman - Freddie Hubbard All Stars featuring Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Henderson - Ray Barretto Orchestra with guest soloist Dizzy Gillespie - Full Faith & Credit Big Band
Another Planet Entertainment
A line-up featuring Rachelle Ferrell, Arlington Houston, Joe Sample & Randy Crawford, Brian Culbertson, Najee, the Superstars of Jazz Fusion starring Roy Ayers, Jean Carne, Lonnie Liston Smith, Jon Lucien and Wayne Henderson.
- Jazz Education Journal (International Association for Jazz Education) 39: xxxii. 2007.
- Hicock, Larry. Castles Made of Sound: the story of Gil Evans. Da Capo Press. p. 167. ISBN 0306809451.
- Ray Obiedo gives the reborn Berkeley Jazz festival a shot of East Bay urban funk
- Chambers, Jack. Milestones: The Music and Times of Miles Davis, Da Capo Press, page 102, 1998 - ISBN 0306808498
- Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 80 (14). April 6, 1968. ISSN 0006-2510 http://books.google.com/books?id=qgoEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA14
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- Cohodas, Nanine (2010). Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone. Random House. p. 398. ISBN 0307378993.
- New York Times, May 11, 1969
- "From the Music Capitals of the World: San Francisco". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 81 (18). May 3, 1969. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "Prince Lasha: Inside Story". München, Germany: JazzRecords.com. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- Concert Program, 1975 Berkeley Jazz Festival, Collection of Gary Fusco
- Sidran, Ben. Black Talk, Da Capo Press, page 65, 1983 - ISBN 0306801841
- City of Berkeley Proclamation, 1976 Berkeley Jazz Week, Mayor Warren Widener
- Concert Program, 1977 Berkeley Jazz Festival, Collection of Gary Fusco, Managing Editor, Berkeley Jazz '77 Magazine
- "Jazz Beat". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 98 (33): 74. June 11, 1977. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Concert Program, 1978 Berkeley Jazz Festival, Collection of Gary Fusco
- "General News". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 94 (14): 57. April 10, 1982. ISSN 0006-2510.
- U.C. Berkeley Jazz Festival Poster, 1982, collection of Tony Bernez
- "Calendar". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 98 (33): 74. August 16, 1986. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Berkeley Jazz Festival 7-28-07
- 2005 Berkeley Jazz Festival Highlights
- 2005 Concert Review: Berkeley Jazz Festival
- Hearst Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
- Bay Area Productions