BJW Newsletter – November 13, 2020

BJW Newsletter – November 13, 2020








11/17/20 – Featured Artist: Mark Meyer (w/ Tony Rinaldi) LIVE at Wiki’s!

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 pm, Bakersfield Jazz Workshop will host our first live in-person event since the pandemic began! This will be a LIVE concert with sax/clarinet/flute virtuoso Mark Meyer and pianist Tony Rinaldi. We will observe all social distancing protocols, in conformance with state and local guidelines. 

Mark Meyer is one of Bakersfield’s “first call” woodwind musicians, has been a regular member of the Starz Orchestra, Bakersfield Jazz Orchestra, and a frequent participant at Jazz Workshop since 2006. He leads the Westchester Saxophone Quartet, who perform a holiday concert each year at BJW. (Watch for them in December!) His beautiful sound and rhythm have been recognized throughout our area as one of the best.

Tony Rinaldi, a former BJW scholarship recipient, has been a frequent contributor to BJW for years, serving on our standing backline band, performing with many of our featured artists, playing with numerous local jazz/rock/popular groups, and is considered a top-tier keyboard player by all who know him.

Together, Mark and Tony are guaranteed to deliver a solid set of great jazz this Tuesday!

This event will also be streamed live online, so you can still enjoy the show even if you can’t come out to Wiki’s.

Join us Tuesday at 7:00 pm at Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill (11350 Ming Ave. 93311), or online by visiting our Facebook page here.


Beginning Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Bakersfield Jazz Workshop will return to a live and in-person format at Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill (11350 Ming Ave. 93311), as long as local health guidelines permit. (Until social distancing guidelines are relaxed, we will present only a featured artist performance – no beginner’s class or pro jam session.) Musicians will be setup on the heated patio, at an appropriate distance from the audience. Audience members can choose between a few tables on the patio, or under one of the heated tent structures located alongside the patio. Please bring your face mask and observe all social distancing rules of this establishment. Wiki’s offers an excellent food menu, full bar, and extensive wine list. Enjoy!


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!


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

Twitter –
Facebook –
Reverbnation –
youtube –

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 every Tuesday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

author: Tim Stonelake

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