FAQ/Find Us

FAQ/Find Us

What is the weekly schedule of events at the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop?

  • The BJW meets every Tuesday evening at The MARK fine dining restaurant, with the following schedule.
  • 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Beginning Jazz Improvisation Class.
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM – Featured Jazz Artist. (See BJW Newsletter page for details)
  • 8:30 – 10:00 PM – Open Jazz Jam for intermediate, advanced and professional instrumentalists and vocalists.

Where is the BJW located?

  • We’re at The Mark Restaurant, 1623 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA.

How does the BJW help beginning jazz musicians?

  • BJW offers a Beginning Jazz Improvisation class every Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM for students and adults.  Our classes are meant to inspire and educate, but we encourage each student to study privately with a qualified private instructor, as well.   Please contact Steve Eisen @ 661-444-0853 for more information.

What does the BJW offer for professional musicians?

  • Professionals have the opportunity to perform for appreciative audiences, to network with other jazz professionals, and to hear and learn from other jazz artists.

How do I participate if I am an intermediate to advanced performer?

  • Each Tuesday evening, at approximately 8:30 PM (after the featured performance), experienced Jazz musicians are invited to jam with other jazz instrumentalists and vocalists. Just write your name on “the Sit-In list” located at the front desk when you come in. Instrumentalists, please bring a Real Book or 5 copies of lead sheets of the tunes you wish to play. Vocalists, please bring 5 copies of lead sheets in your keys.

How much does it cost to participate in the BJW?

  • Admission is free and open to the public, with donations accepted. You may wish to purchase a Real Book (available at local music stores) to facilitate learning and performing with others

Why does the BJW request that you fill out the “Sign In Sheet” at the front desk?

  • We keep an email list and a database to keep you informed of upcoming events, concerts, and classes at the workshop, as well as jazz happenings around Bakersfield (see Jazz About Town). Your input is valuable to us in the questionnaire and comment sections, as well.. The database is used only for communicating about jazz events, and will not be used for any other purpose. Signing in is not required, but we’ll be able to keep you informed about events if you do sign in.

What other resources are available to aspiring jazz musicians?

  • We highly recommend Jamey Aebersold’s book/ CD instructional materials for instrumentalists and vocalists, available online at www.jazzbooks.com. Female vocalists are also able to find jazz standards in “female vocalist keys” through www.HalLeonard.com.   A list of qualified local private instructors may be obtained from the workshop or through local music stores.  For more info, call Steve Eisen, Director @ 661-444-0853.

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