Under the direction of world class bassist, Jeff Denson (Lee Konitz), the California Jazz Conservatory Blue Ensemble is the flagship ensemble at the prestigious California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California. Previous incarnations of this ensemble have toured throughout the United States, as well as embarking on international tours, with performances at various festivals including Montreux, Umbria, Edinburgh, Wigan, Liverpool, and Monterey jazz festivals. This ensemble also has made number of appearances at collegiate jazz competitions, such as the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Jazz Competition and the Reno Jazz Festival, the latter of which they have won 1st place each time they’ve participated. The 2019-20 Blue Ensemble features five of the California Jazz Conservatory’s top musicians including Nathan Petersen (Alto Sax), Erik Nelson (Tenor Sax), Isaiah Harwood (Piano), Kevin Goldberg (Bass), and Cy Grimsich (Drums).
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