Creative Jazz Ensemble — The Music of Ben Goldberg

Mondays 6:30 - 8 pm 4/1 - 6/10 (10 weeks) no class 5/27

Creative Jazz Ensemble — The Music of Ben Goldberg
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles
Day Mon
Instructor Ben Goldberg
Status inperson event

The Creative Jazz Ensemble is designed for improvising musicians interested in stretching the boundaries of harmony, time, texture, and form. This quarter, we’re thrilled and honored to welcome clarinetist, composer, and perennial poll-winner Ben Goldberg, who will guide the ensemble through a selection of his original compositions.

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.

Mon. 6:30–8 pm

4/1 – 6/10 (10 weeks) no class 5/27
Ben Goldberg $410

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 Ben Goldberg

Ben Goldberg, an accomplished American clarinet player and composer, has made significant contributions to the world of jazz and improvised music. Born in Denver, Colorado, he discovered his love for music at an early age.

Goldberg’s educational journey led him to the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he pursued his undergraduate music degree. Later, he honed his skills further by obtaining a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College. During this time, he had the privilege of learning from renowned musicians such as clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, as well as studying with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano.

In the early 1990s, Goldberg co-founded the New Klezmer Trio alongside electric bassist Dan Seamans and percussionist Kenny Wollesen. Their album “Masks and Faces” showcased free improvisation that pushed the boundaries of Ashkenazi roots music.

Goldberg’s artistic endeavors extended beyond performance. His project “Orphic Machine,” commissioned by Chamber Music America, drew inspiration from the writings of Allen Grossman. This song-cycle defies genre boundaries, creating a new kind of world music.

Notably, in 2011, Goldberg received recognition as the No. 1 Rising Star Clarinetist in the Down Beat Critic’s Poll. His discography includes collaborations with various artists and ensembles, reflecting his versatility and innovative spirit.

Through his compositions, Goldberg aims not just for appreciation or understanding but to evoke love—a sentiment that resonates with audiences worldwide.