Jazz at Cal Performances

The jazz series at Cal Performances embraces all the stylistic diversity the genre has to offer, from hot jazz to bebop to innovative new work, from introspective solo sets to hard-swinging big bands. Legends like Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Pat Metheny, and Maria Schneider have graced the stage of Zellerbach Hall in transporting performances, and audiences have been introduced to newer generations of stars like Cécile McLorin Salvant, Kris Davis, Jason Moran, Darcy James Argue, Amir ElSaffar, and Vijay Iyer.

Jazz highlights in the 2021–22 season include the duo of Cuban-born brothers Ilmar Gavilán and Aldo López-Gavilán; the program Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration featuring Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran; and the West Coast premiere of the opera Iphigenia by Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding—plus sets by vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, pianist Matthew Whitaker, trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg, and pianist Aaron Diehl.

2021/22 Season Jazz Events Calendar

Jazz
Bria Skonberg
Oct 9, 2021, 8pm
Jazz

Aaron Diehl Trio
Mirror

Nov 12, 2021, 8pm
Jazz
Jazzmeia Horn
Dec 10, 2021, 8pm
Jazz

Ilmar Gavilán, violin
Aldo López-Gavilán, piano

Jan 23, 2022, 3pm
Jazz

Wayne Shorter & Esperanza Spalding
Iphigenia

Feb 12, 2022, 8pm
Jazz

Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration

West Coast Premiere

Feb 17, 2022, 7:30pm
Jazz
Matthew Whitaker
Mar 26, 2022, 8pm
Explore the 2021/22 Season

Jazz Videos and More

Berlioz' Dies irae and Tuba mirum from Requiem, Op. 5, conducted by Sir Colin Davis
Pianist Ellis Marsalis performing "Twelve's It"
Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut
Jazzmeia Horn and Cal Performances Executive and Artistic Director Jeremy Geffen Artist Conversation

An artist conversation with Jazzmeia Horn, recorded in conjunction with [...]

Bria Skonberg and Jeremy Geffen Artist Conversation

An artist conversation with Bria Skonberg, recorded in conjunction with [...]

Matthew Whitaker and Jeremy Geffen Artist Conversation

An artist conversation with Matthew Whitaker, recorded in conjunction with [...]