BJW Presents-Alan Shaw and the Dixieland Express


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BJW Presents: Alan Shaw(keyboards) and the Dixieland Express

Please join us at The Mark Restaurant, 1623-19th Street, Bakersfield on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, at 7:30 pm for a concert by Alan Shaw(keyboards) and the Dixieland Express, toe-tapping jazz.

No Cover! All Ages Welcome! Open to the Public! No admission. Donations accepted.

BJW April 2018 Featured Artist/Clinician Schedule

*Please note the featured artist’s performances start at 7:30 pm.

4/17/18 – “Pearl”- A tribute to Janis Joplin-Featuring Tracy Peoples on Vocals.

4/24/18 – The Shafter H.S. Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Philip Bustamante.

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*6:30pm-Beginning Jazz Combo Class
*7:30pm-The Featured Ensemble performance.
*8:30pm-Open Jam

We have no minimum age limit and the workshop is free to all.

Bakersfield Jazz Workshop is divided into 3 segments:

6:30 – 7:30 pm: Beginning Workshop Class. Requirements:

*Participants must be able to play all 12 major scales and chromatic scale, at least 2 octaves, by memory.

*Participants are expected to have basic to intermediate reading abilities. (Advanced middle school and high school students can usually meet this requirement.)

*While the emphasis is on younger players, the beginning workshop is open to all, including musicians of other genres who want to expand their jazz vocabulary and chops. Advanced players often sit in and offer advice, much like the open jam session, creating a great low-pressure learning environment.

*The focus of the class is to learn 6-8 Jazz Standards to performance readiness. When the instructor feels the class has reached this goal, the class will perform a concert as the Featured Artist in the 7:30-8:30-time slot. After this concert, the instructor will start a new set list, thereby repeating the process.

7:30 – 8:30 pm: Featured Artist. Requirements:

–* Ensembles/combos of any size or configuration may request a Tuesday date through Steve Eisen.

*Must be rehearsed and prepared to perform a one-hour set (6-10 tunes average) for a listening audience.

8:30 – 9:30 pm: Open Jam Session. Requirements – Intermediate to Professional level.

*Participants should be able to perform Jazz Standards by memory or be able to read out of the Real Book. (Workshop can provide Volumes 1 and 2 of these books for C, B-flat, E-flat, and Bass clef instruments.)

*Originals and arrangements are welcome as well. The workshop is a great venue for testing out new compositions and charts.

*SPECIAL NOTE TO VOCALISTS: Many tunes in the fake books are not always in an individual vocalist’s preferred keys. While this does not usually pose a problem for experienced players, we do not wish to put unnecessary pressure on anyone who is uncomfortable transposing without prior notice. Therefore, we kindly ask that if desiring to perform a tune not printed in the Real Book or arranged in a different key, charts should be provided prior to the performance. If possible, 3-5 copies are preferred, and whenever practical, include transpositions for B-flat and E-flat instruments.

*There is a sign-up list available upon arrival. See session host or director if you would like to perform that evening. After the conclusion of the workshop, volunteers are asked to please help break down and store all equipment.

For more questions please feel free to contact: CEO/Founder Steve Eisen @ 661-444-0853 or Beginning Class Instructor John Calo @ 858-382-3739

jazzquotes:  Kenny Garrett

Rather than simply say, I play jazz, I say I play music. ∞



 The BJW Annual Scholarship Award Program – 2018.

The intent of the BJW Scholarship/Award program is to provide support of continuing education in the study of jazz music.  All students of jazz are encouraged to apply as there are many factors taken into consideration during the review process.

Applications are open to both youth and adults.

You may apply for the following awards:

1 – Scholarship = Graduating senior moving on to college/summer camps

2 – BJW Discretionary Award = junior grade level or below / in college/educational purposes

3 – Kerry B. Pierce Award = junior grade level or above / in college/educational purposes

The Kerry B. Pierce Award is being given for the first time this year.  It is to be given a to High School or College student who wants to pursue a career in music. 

4 – Larry Totten Memorial = Open to all youth exemplifying musical passion and professionalism.

Application due date: Tuesday, May 15th, 2018.  Late applications will not be considered.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2018: The BJW Board of Directors to choose Scholarship recipients.

Tuesday, May 29-BJW Scholarship/Award presentation at The Bakersfield Jazz Workshop.

Please mail the application to:

Bakersfield Jazz Workshop
P.O. Box 285
Bakersfield, CA 93302

Example of this year’s application.

Below is a link to the Scholarship/Award Application for 2018:


To save the application form as a *.pdf file, click on the link above to open the file, right-click in the body of the file to open the menu, select “save as” on the menu and save it to a folder you select on your hard drive.

Or) Print a hard-copy of the application (*.pdf) to your line printer for completion by hand.

Scholarships will be presented at the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop on May 29th, 2018.

An application may be downloaded from BAKERSFIELD JAZZ WORKSHOP Scholarship Appl 2018

Or you may request a physical copy of the application from a BJW Board member.

The application process ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 15th, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Eisen at 661-444-0853.

We have been contacted by many professional jazz artists across the country as more and more people become aware of the BJW. Several of them have been asking us about open dates, particularly when they are traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. We want to continue providing our friends and supporters with new and interesting artists but need your support to accomplish it. So, when you see our tip jar being circulated, we hope you can help us. And don’t forget to contact your employers – we’re always looking for corporate support from local businesses.


They’re finally here! BJW T-shirts have arrived. We are selling them at every workshop for $20. Come out and pick yours up to show your support for local arts and talent.


Have an upcoming gig you want to be posted here? Want some free advertising? Care to give feedback on our web page? Contact us at the link above or at and we will make our best effort to include you in our next newsletter! We know that sometimes gigs come up at the last minute, but if you can notify us at least a week in advance, we’ll fit you in.


We’ve posted lots of videos from our benefit concerts, our weekly workshops, and other jazz gigs from around town. If you haven’t seen them yet, you can find many of them at the following link: BJW YouTube Playlist. When you get to that page, you’ll find several videos associated with the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop – our weekly events and annual benefit concerts. Additionally, the page has videos of jazz performances elsewhere in Bakersfield. Note that you can also access this page by clicking the YouTube icon on our website’s homepage.

We also sometimes have video links from recent workshop appearances and elsewhere posted on our Facebook fan page. Check it out to see what you’re missing!



Just a reminder to you all: The Bakersfield Jazz Workshop is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation staffed entirely by volunteers. No one who helps run our normal, weekly workshops, including the performers, gets paid. To help us with our expenses, the purchase of equipment, to provide free clinics, pay the musicians (sometimes), and scholarships, we depend upon your donations. We would appreciate it if you can make a small donation to our tip jar before you leave the workshop. (Your donation may be tax deductible – check with your tax adviser.)

You may also make a donation online using our PayPal Donate button (see below). We appreciate your patronage and your support.
Donations to the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop


Additionally, you may want to check with your employer to see if they have a Corporate program to support the arts and if they might be interested in becoming a BJW sponsor. For example, many corporations have programs by which they match donations made by its employees. For more information please visit our BJW Friends and Supporters page or call (661) 444-0853. You can also use the contact link above or send an email to us at

We have big plans for programs and activities for the workshop, but we need funding (and people – see below) to get them off the ground! Please help!


We are always looking for new volunteers. If you have the time, energy, and willingness, let us know – we’ll find something for you to do. Then you can tell your friends how you get to hang out with all of these cool jazz musicians! We are particularly looking for volunteers who would like to help with our weekly workshop (setup/breakdown, front desk, and jam sessions). If you are interested in volunteering, here’s a chance for you. Just check with Steve, any other BJW volunteer, reply using the contact link above, or send an email to us at

Thanks for all of your support!


You can find us online at the following social networks and websites:


And, of course, the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop web page:


Want to learn more about the BJW? Watch Steve Eisen, founder/director/CEO of the BJW explain what it’s all about at this link:

Bakersfield Jazz Workshop Promo:
Note: The Bakersfield Jazz Workshop currently meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 10:00 pm at The Mark Restaurant, 1623-19th Street, Bakersfield, CA
Or contact: Steve Eisen, CEO at (661) 444-0853

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