Maybeck Recital Hall

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Maybeck Recital Hall, also known as Maybeck Studio for Performing Arts, is located inside the Kennedy-Nixon House located at 1537 Euclid Avenue in Berkeley, California, United States. It was built in 1914 by Bernard Maybeck. The hall seats up to 50 people and was designed upon commission for the Nixon family, local arts patrons who wanted a live-in studio for their daughter Milda's piano teacher, Mrs. Alma Kennedy. The room is paneled in unfinished clear-heart redwood, which contributes to an unusually rich and warm, yet bright and clear acoustic quality. There are two grand pianos in the space: a Yamaha S-400, and a Yamaha C7. Maybeck originally designed the space to accommodate an 1898 7-foot Bechstein.

In 1923, the hall was destroyed in a hillside fire. It was rebuilt quickly by Maybeck.

Milda Nixon lived at the residence until her death in 1981 at the age of 92. Her adopted son, Charles R. Fulweiler, Phd., then held the house for several years.

In 1987, the house was purchased by jazz pianist Dick Whittington, who opened the hall for public recitals.

Between 1989 and 1995, Concord Records produced 42 solo piano recitals in Maybeck Recital Hall. Each recital featured a different jazz pianist, and all 42 recordings were released on CD. Concord also recorded 10 jazz duets at Maybeck during the same time period, which were also released as a series of CDs sold by Concord.

In 1996, the house was purchased by Gregory Moore. The recital hall is no longer open for public concerts, although it is used for private concerts which are attended by invitation only.


Live at Maybeck series[edit]

Volume Artist
1: Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume 1 Joanne Brackeen
2 Dave McKenna
3 Dick Hyman
4 Walter Norris
5 Stanley Cowell
6 Hal Galper
7: Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Seven John Hicks
8 Gerry Wiggins
9: Marian McPartland: Live at the Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Nine Marian McPartland
10: Live at Maybeck Recital Hall Volume Ten Kenny Barron
11 Roger Kellaway
12 Barry Harris
13 Steve Kuhn
14 Alan Broadbent
15: Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Fifteen Buddy Montgomery
16: Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Sixteen Hank Jones
17: Jaki Byard at Maybeck Jaki Byard
18 Mike Wofford
19 Richie Beirach
20 Jim McNeely
21 Jessica Williams
22 Ellis Larkins
23 Gene Harris
24 Adam Makowicz
25 Cedar Walton
26 Bill Mays
27 Denny Zeitlin
28: Andy LaVerne at Maybeck Andy LaVerne
29 John Campbell
30 Ralph Sutton
31 Fred Hersch
32 Roland Hanna
33 Don Friedman
34 Kenny Werner
35 George Cables
36: Toshiko Akiyoshi at Maybeck Toshiko Akiyoshi
37 John Colianni
38 Ted Rosenthal
39 Kenny Drew, Jr.
40 Monty Alexander
41 Allen Farnham
42 James Williams

Concord Duo series[edit]

  1. Roger Kellaway & Red Mitchell
  2. Dave McKenna & Gray Sargent
  3. Ken Peplowski & Howard Alden
  4. Alan Broadbent & Gary Foster
  5. Adam Makowicz & George Mraz
  6. Ralph Sutton & Dick Hyman
  7. Bill Mays & Ed Bickert
  8. Denny Zeitlin & David Friesen
  9. Michael Moore & Bill Charlap
  10. Chris Potter & Kenny Werner

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Coordinates: 37°52′50″N 122°15′40″W / 37.88056°N 122.26111°W / 37.88056; -122.26111