BJW Blog 10/19/2020


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10/20/20 – Featured Artist: Doug Davis!

Tuesday, October 20, Bakersfield Jazz Workshop will host another exciting live online event, with jazz music by Dr. Doug Davis.  

Doug Davis is a well-known and beloved musician, composer and educator in Bakersfield and beyond, and has performed in concert with Grammy-winning artists Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Bobby Shew and Pete Christlieb. His compositions have been recorded by jazz greats Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Eddie Gomez, Dannie Richmond, and Bennie Wallace. He has over 100 jazz compositions and 70 compositions for symphony orchestra, band, chorus, solo piano, chamber ensembles, song cycles, and electronic music.

For over 30 years, Dr. Doug Davis has shared his musical talents with the California State University community and beyond as a professor of composition and director of the jazz ensemble. Under his leadership, CSU Bakersfield jazz groups were consistently among the best at the largest competitive collegiate jazz festival in the western United States, having won in the small group category seven times. In addition, they were twice awarded the top Community Big Band award and won the top honor as Four-year Collegiate Big Band.

In the greater Bakersfield jazz community, Davis is probably best known for leading the Bakersfield Jazz Festival. For decades, this two-day event regularly featured Grammy-winning and poll-winning artists along with student and local groups. Dubbed “Bakersfield’s Rite of Spring,” the festival became one of the community’s largest events with 5,000 to 8,000 attendees annually.

“Dr. Davis has probably done more to put CSUB on the international map than any other person or group of people in our institution,” said Manuel Esteban, president of CSU, Monterey Bay. “And what is most appealing about his personality is his incredible modesty. Regardless of the importance of the musical event he brings about, he invariably remains behind the scenes, supporting others and highlighting their efforts.”

This is the fifth in our series of BJW online live streaming concerts, which will continue every Tuesday until we can safely resume our live in-person workshops. (Each week, we get a little better at improving the sound quality of these online events. It is definitely a learning experience!)

Join us this Tuesday, 10/20/20, at 7:30 pm, by visiting our Facebook page here. (

Important message from our BJW Financial Officer

HEY, Bakersfield Jazz Workshop fans and supporters!!!

BJW will soon celebrate our 14th anniversary and, despite current events, we hope to bring Tuesday nights back to you very soon. BUT, we need to talk about that a bit. As you know, for many years, BJW has given out music scholarships for aspiring Jazz artists. The funds for that come almost exclusively from the Tuesday night Tip Jar. This WICKED Virus has put BJW and all of you on the sidelines. For many, it has created significant physical, emotional and fiscal hardships.

I am, however, one of the lucky ones and other than missing ya’ll and my other peeps , I’ve been relatively unscathed. SO, I have a plan to help fill the Tip Jar for all the weeks C-19 stole from us.

I will match aggregate contributions to the BJW, (up to a total of $500) that are received from May 5, 2020 thru the Monday prior to our next Tuesday Night event. You can either make the contributions thru our BJW website Paypal button (, or you can write a check to Bakersfield Jazz Workshop and mail it to my address (Mark Hall, 6901 Lassalette Drive, 93308). I am the Financial Officer of the BJW.

My $500 and your aggregate support of $500 would cover about half of what we would have expected from the Tip Jar. I think we can do better. Keep the Jazz Ball Rolling.

Mark Hall

(Remember, our motto here at BJW is “Hear it! Learn it! Play it!” Keep in touch, stay safe, and we’ll see you soon!)

(Important announcement: Because of concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Bakersfield Jazz Workshop is temporarily suspended, until further notice. We will monitor guidance from health officials week-to-week and base our decision of when to resume on their recommendations. Although this is disappointing for our musicians and jazz lovers, we are erring on the side of caution, and will keep you posted, via email, Twitter and Facebook, as this situation develops.)


We are often contacted by professional touring jazz artists from across the country, as more and more people become aware of BJW. Some ask about open dates, particularly when they are traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. We want to continue providing you with new and interesting artists but need your support to accomplish it. When you see our tip jar being circulated, please help us (or donate online, below).


BJW T-shirts are available at every workshop for $20. Come out and pick yours up to show your support for local arts and talent.


We’ve posted lots of videos from our benefit concerts, our weekly workshops, and other jazz gigs from around town. Check them out on YouTube – search for Bakersfield Jazz Workshop.  Note that you can also access this page by clicking the YouTube icon on our website’s homepage.

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


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 on your donations. Please 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 below. We appreciate your patronage and your support.


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. Also, many corporations have donation-matching programs for their 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 “Volunteers” below) to help 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 Eisen or any other BJW volunteer, reply using the contact link above, or send an email to us at

Thanks for your support!


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

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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:

Or contact: Steve Eisen, CEO at (661) 444-0853

Note: The Bakersfield Jazz Workshop currently meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Temblor Brewing Company, 3200 Buck Owens Blvd., Bakersfield, CA  93308

author: Tim Stonelake

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