Creative Jazz Ensemble: Don Cherry’s Complete Communion

Mondays 6:30 - 8 pm 9/18 - 12/4 (10 weeks) no class 11/20

Creative Jazz Ensemble: Don Cherry’s Complete Communion
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles, Jazz
Day Mon
Instructor Lisa Mezzacappa
Status inperson event

This quarter, we will explore and arrange cornet/trumpet player Don Cherry’s brilliant 1966 debut as a leader, Complete Communion. From bop-inflected runs and riffs to swirling free improvisation and lots of conversational interplay between melody instruments and rhythm section, this record has it all. It’s full of humor and life, joy and beauty, with catchy themes and wicked grooves. Check out “Elephantasy” from the second half of the record:

Please note: This class culminates in a performance in the final week of the term (week 10). All Jazzschool student performances are free and open to the public! Please confirm your availability for the performance date (the week 10 class meeting date) before finalizing your registration in this class.

Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm
9/18 – 12/4 (10 weeks) no class 10/2, 10/9, 11/20

One of those three dates will be made up before the performance on a date TBD, so there will be a total of 9 class meetings, plus the performance.
Lisa Mezzacappa, $395 (In-person)

Ensembles take place IN-PERSON at the California Jazz Conservatory. 
All ensembles require a placement audition. For audition guidelines and to application instructions, please visit the Ensemble page here:

About Lisa Mezzacappa

Berkeley, CA-based composer, bassist, and producer Lisa Mezzacappa has been an active part of California’s vibrant music community for nearly 20 years. Her activities as a composer and ensemble leader include ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, adventurous jazz, non-traditional opera, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, dance, and visual art. Recent projects include Cosmicomics, a suite for electro-acoustic jazz sextet based on Italo’s Calvino’s stories about the origins of the cosmos; Organelle, a chamber work for improvisers grounded in scientific processes; Glorious Ravage, an evening-length song cycle for large ensemble and films drawn from the writings of Victorian lady adventurers; and Touch Bass, a collaboration with choreographer Risa Jaroslow. She also co-leads the community improvisation ensemble, the duo B. Experimental Band, with drummer Jason Levis, and is collaborating with writer Beth Lisick on the serial audio opera The Electronic Lover.