Open Community Workshops

In an effort to support our local communities we are offering the following virtual workshops on Zoom free of charge beginning Nov 30th.

Jazz Improvisation

A virtual 4-week jazz improv workshop with our Director Joey Berkley.
Monday and Tuesday sessions are available starting Nov. 30th / Dec. 1st from 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Curriculum includes:

  • chord/scale theory
  • harmonic progressions
  • applying arpeggios and linear scale-lines on chords

Instrumental Workshops

2-week instrumental workshops

Drums with Joel Rosenblatt
Tues. Dec. 1 & Dec. 8 6:00-7:30pm
www.joelrosenblatt.com

Saxophone with Ralph Lalama
Wed. Dec. 2 and Dec 9 6:00-7:30pm
www.ralphlalama.com

Brass with Tony Kadleck
Thurs Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 6:00-7:30pm
www.tonykadleck.com

Class size limited to 8 people – Ability to read music and knowledge of major scales a prerequisite

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Center Teaching Vid Thursday Class The Chicken

Video # 2: Working with our Thursday class

In case you missed my previous comments –

We’re back! And I am very grateful to be working with our students at the Westchester Center for Jazz. All the new technology we’ve installed to make us Covid friendly also allows us to record and playback during rehearsal and also allows us to share what we do.
And always enjoyable to watch our director Joey Berkley in action.

Joey as usual says it better than me:

For me, the journey of Jazz is about learning and expressing. I think we can all agree we now face historic uncertain times as musicians collectively. While we race to find the “new normal”, as performing musicians we do not want to give up on the “only normal” and what it takes to get there. In our own way, the Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music is back at it live, expecting their students to know their scale/arpeggio exercises; rhythm-changes; time is Number 1; intonation matters, forever!!! I say, let’s learn and teach for the one normal that matters most: Miles, Monk, Trane, Bird, Brecker, Ellington, SRV, James Brown, Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Louis Armstrong and on and on…..and In Our Own Sweet Way, the Westchester Center For Jazz is back at it live.


Sunday Ensemble Improv Lesson

It’s great to be back working with our students at the Westchester Center for Jazz. All the new technology we’ve installed to make us Covid friendly also allows us to record and playback during rehearsal and also allows us to share what we do.

And always enjoyable to watch our director Joey Berkley in action.

Joey as usual says it better than me:

For me, the journey of Jazz is about learning and expressing. I think we can all agree we now face historic uncertain times as musicians collectively. While we race to find the “new normal”, as performing musicians we do not want to give up on the “only normal” and what it takes to get there. In our own way, the Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music is back at it live, expecting their students to know their scale/arpeggio exercises; rhythm-changes; time is Number 1; intonation matters, forever!!! I say, let’s learn and teach for the one normal that matters most: Miles, Monk, Trane, Bird, Brecker, Ellington, SRV, James Brown, Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Louis Armstrong and on and on…..and In Our Own Sweet Way, the Westchester Center For Jazz is back at it live.

Please check out the improvisation section of our Sunday class below


WCJCM COVID Modifications

Check out this video that outlines all of our latest updates and provisions in order to ensure a safe environment for the return of our students. With guidance form the CDC and our team’s collective efforts, we have made state of the art upgrades and accommodations so that we can all come together, social distance, play our tunes, and remain as safe as possible.


2nd Friday Jazz Series 2019

This Year Was A Hit..THANK YOU!

A big thank you to all of our supporters that came to all of the amazing 2nd Friday Jazz Concerts this year. Without you we wouldn't have a need to fill our stage has with such impeccable talent!

To all of our featured artists this year, thank YOU!

Christine Tambakis: 03/08/19

Marshall McDonald: 04/12/19

Jay Azzolina: 05/10/19

Brian Pareschi: 06/14/19

Elisa Mini: 09/13/19

Porter Carroll Jr.: 10/11/19

Gary Deinstadt: 11/08/19

And the biggest THANK YOU to the Joey Berkley Band for backing our wonderful artists each and every time! To our Director Joey Berkley, we wouldn't be the same without you. Your talent and expertise makes our school and students have an experience they can't find anywhere else!

Stay tuned for what's to come in 2020!


2nd Friday Jazz Concert Series: Fall 2019 ft. Gary Deinstadt

Friday, November 8th @8pm

2nd Friday Jazz Concert Series 2019 has been a hit so far! A big thank you to all the featured artists thusfar! Every month, the Joey Berkley Band rocks the house collaborating with our featured artists and we are beyond thankful for them! This month, we get to welcome one of our own, Gary Deinstadt as our featured artist!! You definitely don't want to miss this! Joey Berkley Chris Parker Nori Naraoka and Andy Abel featuring the incomparable Gary Deinstadt are gonna blow your minds!

Tickets on sale NOW--> CLICK HERE

Use promo code "LiveJazz" with the purchase of 2 tickets and save $5 on each!

Gary Deinstadt 11/08/19


The Joey Berkley Band ft. Porter Carroll Jr. Oct. 11th 8PM

We are so excited to have Porter Carroll Jr grace our stage one more time! His talent and years of expertise are like no other. Have you gotten your tickets yet?!

Use promo code “LiveJazz” and save $5 on each ticket when you purchase 2!! What are you waiting for?!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!!


Are You Ready for the Album Release Party?!?!?!

September 13th @ 8pm

Get your tickets now using promo code “LiveJazz” and save $5 on each ticket when you purchase 2!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!!

See you there!!!


Album Release Party and Yonkers Riverfest

We promised a special surprise and…..we always honor our promises! Next weekend is huge for Yonkers:

Joey Berkley’s Album “Moving Forward” Release Party and Showcase (Friday 09/13) along with Yonkers Downtown/Waterfront BID Riverfest (Saturday 09/14)…the music will fill the streets!

We are happy to announce and welcome Elisa Mini to the Center’s stage to bring in the jazz! We crossed paths with Elisa’s lovely talent in the hills Florence, Italy and now she will be featured all weekend here in Yonkers for YOU ALL! Don’t miss out! Be sure to purchase your tickets to the Release Party and stop by our stage at Riverfest. See you there!

Click below for a sneak peak!

https://youtu.be/bdH8UHNYEOo