Second Mondays, Bird & Beckett hosts a jam session for the inaugural class of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s brand new jazz BMUS (Bachelor of Music) degree program. The first date, in September, was a phenomenal delight. And so it goes! Get in here and get in on it! This is the present and future of jazz!
The SFCM’s program is called “Roots, Jazz & American Music”https://sfcm.edu/newsroom/beginning-rjam-sfcm and its first group of thirteen young students, drawn from all over the country, just arrived in town six or eight weeks ago. Â They’re on a four-year track towards a jazz bachelor’s degree that will ground them in the African roots of the music and take them through its full development and flowering as America’s most truly original musical genre.
The RJAM program is directed by new Glen Park neighbor Simon Rowe. Simon is a jazz pianist who hails from Australia, spent a long stretch in St. Louis learning the music from legendary jazz musicians there, and spent the five years through 2016 directing the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music in Dave Brubeck’s hometown, Stockton, California. He’s devoted to educating the youngsters in this magnificent music and in establishing deep community roots for the program here in San Francisco. What better community can nurture that than Glen Park and Bird & Beckett?! Read more about Simon here, on SFCM’s website, and explore the site while you’re there for more about the program, the students, and the incredible faculty they’ll be working with!
The RJAM program at SFCM is partnered with the SFJAZZ Center and its resident ensemble, the SFJAZZ Collective. SFJAZZ education director Rebecca Mauleon and members of the Collective all teach in the RJAM program, giving the students the incredible opportunity to perform in multiple venues in the Bay Area, and to collaborate and learn from some of the top jazz artists on the concert circuit today.
Come down to Bird & Beckett Monday on the second Sunday of each month to hear some great youngsters, already demonstrating fantastic talent through their high school years, as they continue to discover, develop & fully realize their abilities and the joys the music offers!
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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