Join us this coming Tuesday, August 25th at La Foret Fine Dining. The featured artist will be the JT Butler Blues Band. This blues guitarist, is a workshop favorite! JT became interested in playing jazz after attending the BJW and applied for a scholarship to learn about jazz. He is now a successful versatile guitarist playing both blues and jazz. Don’t miss this event! Remind your friends that the workshop is FREE. No cover charge!!
The Bakersfield Jazz Workshop is a non-profit organization and would not exist without the generous donations of our supporters. Help us keep this unique jazz experience alive in our community. Ask any of our board members how YOU can become a friend of the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop.
The format for the workshop this week
6:30pm – 7:30pm Beginning Class for Jazz
7:45pm – 8:45pm JT Butler Blues Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm jam session
August 4 – John Calo Quartet
August 11 – Odd 4-tet Omar Murillo, Amanda McCaslin, Fernando Montoya, Steven McDaniel
August 18 – Shafter Big Band
August 25 – JT Butler Blues Band
WORKSHOP FORMAT & REQUIREMENTS
7:30 – 8:30 pm : Featured Artist. Requirements –*Ensembles / combos of any size or configuration may request a Wednesday date through Steve Eisen.
*Must be rehearsed and prepared to perform a one-hour set (6-10 tunes average) for a listening audience.
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 of local arts and talent.
Have an upcoming gig you want posted here? Want some free advertising? Care to give feedback on our webpage? Contact us at the link above or at email@example.com 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.
VIDEOS, VIDEOS, VIDEOS!!!
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 home page.
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!
DONATIONS & SPONSORSHIPS
Just a reminder to you all: The BJW is a non-profit 501c 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 sure 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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 webpage: www.bakersfieldjazzworkshop.com
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: