Free Jazz Standards Ensemble

Wednesdays 8:15 - 9:45 pm 7/10 - 8/21 (7 weeks) no class 7/17 - make up date TBD

Free Jazz Standards Ensemble
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles
Day Wed
Instructor Lisa Mezzacappa
Status inperson event

The class will explore iconic music by Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Geri Allen, Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Anthony Braxton, and others. Learn tunes, examine improvisation styles, and develop arrangements in a collaborative environment. Open to instrumentalists with intermediate or above experience. Culminates in a live performance at the end of the term. 

Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/10 – 8/21 (7 weeks) no class 7/17 – make up date TBD
Lisa Mezzacappa, $290

Please note: This class culminates in a performance in the final week of the term (week 7). All Jazzschool student performances are free and open to the public! Please confirm your availability for the performance date (the week 7 class meeting date) before finalizing your registration in this class.

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.