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.


We Are Back and Better Than Ever!!

There are many wonderful things happening at the Center and in Yonkers this week!!

I am so excited to announce that we are back open for socially distanced in-person and virtual classes for the Fall 2020 season! In accordance with CDC guidelines, we will be limiting class sizes to 4 to 7 people. Interested in Beginner Improvisation & Theory, Jazz Improv, Composition, general skill building, and more? Click the courses tab above to learn more about our class offerings, schedule, and pricing!

ALSO!! Our very own Liz Sander will be a guest speaker for this week's virtual Jazz Fest, TONIGHT! Visit www.artsw.org/jazzfest for more information!

               


We Are Back!!!

Yonkers Strong!

I am happy to share some pictures from our first "Socially" distant small group jazz ensemble.

I am incredibly grateful for the support of all our students and their families.  We continue to do virtual classes as well for those that are more comfortable on-line but it is wonderful to be back  to "in person" classes.
Our director Joey Berkley and my husband Paul spent last weekend installing fans in all our windows that effectively circulate and bring in fresh air every 10-15 minutes.  We are limiting class sizes to 6, and currently they range from as few as 2 people up to 6.
Over the last few months, we have given private lessons to all our students,  and then moved to small groups of 2-4.  It has been incredibly rewarding to see all our students dig in and do their best and improve during this time.
Very grateful to be back, and looking forward to sharing video and more as we move forward.
Thanks for everyone's support!! Stay TUNED!
Liz Sander
                  

Still Operating…

For the last 2 months, we’ve been operating free of charge and converted our band rehearsals into private lessons for each of our students.  Although our director is exhausted, it has been a very gratifying time, to watch how hard our students have worked and grown.  When all is said and done, we plan on hitting the ground running.

In particular , we will remember all our students that are graduating this year, and when the time is appropriate the Center will celebrate all of them.

I’m looking forward to the coming months as we continue to plan and have some new things (and surprises) in store things in store – so stay tuned.


Operating Remotely Until April 3rd

Our aim here at the Center is to continue to provide our community with wonderful Jazz performances as well as maintaining a healthy and safe environment for our students and staff. With that being said, we will be operating remotely until April 3rd. Our wonderful director, Joey Berkley, and our owners Liz and Paul are working tirelessly to develop online curricula and activities to keep our students engaged and learning! We hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe, our prayer go out to you all in these trying times. The school has always been about giving back in gratitude for what we've been given. If at some point in the future , you want to make a tax deductible donation to the school, please use the donate link.


Westchester Center for Jazz & Contemporary Music Second Friday Jazz Series is Back!

Press Release

To Benefit The Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library

For their third annual “Second Fridays” series of live jazz music, the Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music has agreed to donate a portion of each ticket sold to benefit the Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library. “I am excited for this opportunity to combine our efforts presenting great live music in Yonkers and making the city a cultural destination for jazz,” said Liz Sander, owner of the Westchester Center for Jazz & Contemporary Music. “We welcome everyone to join us for a fun night out, to hear great live music and support the library, at the same time.”

Joey Berkley The series consists of three concerts, held on the second Friday of the month: March 13, April 17,* and May 8. Each show includes a guest artist playing original works, standards, and R&B with the Joey Berkley Band.

“We are so grateful to the Westchester Center for Jazz for their support,” said Nancy Maron, President of the Foundation. “Music has deep roots in Yonkers cultural life, and we hope to see lots of library supporters there.”

Shows are located at 540 Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers, NY at the Yoho Artist Lofts in the Carpet Mills Art District. Each $25 ticket includes table seating in the intimate cabaret-style room. Tickets are available online here. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 7:30; Show starts at 8:00.

* 3rd Friday in April due to Easter Holiday

The Westchester Center for Jazz & Contemporary Music
Second Friday Jazz Concert Series
540 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers, NY at the Yoho Artist Lofts in the Carpet Mills Art District

Friday, March 13

Matt McDonald, Trombone

https://www.mattmcdonaldmusic.com

Trombonist Matt McDonald has performed at jazz festivals and venues around the world, including North Sea, Montreux, The Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, and with world-class ensembles including Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, The Max Weinberg Big Band, Mambo Legends Orchestra, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Christian McBride Big Band, and the Jimmy Heath Big Band.

For tickets: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/20076

Friday, April 17

Christine Tambakis, Vocalist

Instagram- @christinetambakismusic

Christine Tambakis has shared the stage and/or recorded with such artists as John Oates, The Neville Brothers, Matt Schofield, Bernard Purdie, Jon Herington, Boyz II Men, Bobby Brown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sugarland, Gretchen Wilson, Vince Gil, Amy Grant, and more and has performed at venues including B.B. Kings Blues Club NYC, Saturday Night Live stage, Brooklyn Bowl, The Bitter End, Joe’s Pub, The Cutting Room, and at major festivals around the world.

For tickets: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/20077

Friday, May 8th

Tony Kadleck, Trumpet

Jazz trumpeter Tony Kadleck is a multi-talented force whose fiery blasts and sweet distinctive sound carry his horn into a musical space that defies categorization. One of the most sought-after trumpet players in the New York area, Tony Kadleck has performed & recorded with luminaries including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Elton John, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, and Celine Dion. He’s also performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Isaac Hayes, and Steely Dan and is currently a member of the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and the New York Pops.

For tickets: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/20078

About The Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music

The Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music provides an opportunity for musicians of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and ages to develop their own skills playing jazz and other related forms of contemporary music. Led by tenor saxophonist and band leader Joey Berkley, the team of instructors includes some of NYC’s best professional musicians on all instruments. The school’s priority is to develop musicians who play with confidence, skill, and knowledge. Courses currently offered include Big Band ensembles, improvisation and theory, composition, and R&B. Students join year-round and are welcome to sit in for a trial class.

Westchesterjazzcenter.com

facebook.com/westchesterjazzcenter

@jazzcenteryonkers

About Joey Berkley and the Joey Berkley Band

Veteran tenor saxophonist Joey Berkley has been a part of the NY music scene for more than 30 years. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Joey’s career has evolved from being known as a highly sought after sideman at ease in a wide variety of musical settings, to the present where Joey focuses his energy mostly toward writing and performing with his bands. Joey’s compositions can be heard on his CD releases: “Made in NYC”, “More’n Four” and “Joey Berkley’s Bandits.” The Joey Berkley Band includes pianist Gary Deinstadt, guitarist Andy Abel, drummer Chris Parker and bassist Joris Teepe. The title track from their 2019 release, “Moving Forward,” has been described as a “post-bop burner with energy to spare.” (All About Jazz)

About the Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library

The Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library is a not-for-profit organization created by the Trustees of the Yonkers Public Library to enhance the Library’s ability to provide outstanding programming, cutting-edge technology, and vibrant meeting places that best serve our diverse community.

www.foundationforypl.org

www.facebook.com/foundationforypl

@foundationforypl


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!