World Groove Ensemble: African Ensemble

Thursdays 8:15 - 9:45 pm 1/12 - 3/16 (10 weeks) Performance Date: 3/23

World Groove Ensemble: African Ensemble
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles
Day Thu
Instructor Jennifer Jolly
Status inperson event

The African Ensemble explores diverse styles such as Afrobeat (Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor), “desert blues” (Tinariwen), South African (Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba), soukous and highlife (Franco, Prince Nico), Zimbabwean (Thomas Mapfumo), and Ethio-jazz (Mulatu Astatke). Emphasis is placed on students really listening and playing together as a group. Class members learn the specific rhythms played by each instrument and how they combine to create the overall groove. Students learn and discuss each song’s lyrics and cultural context. There is often an opportunity to learn some basic percussion and do some background singing. Open to vocalists and all instrumentalists. Materials and arrangements provided by the instructor.


Prerequisites: intermediate instrumental and/or vocal proficiency; ability to read charts and standard notation.


Thursdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm

1/12 – 3/16 (10 weeks)

Performance Date: 3/23

Jennifer Jolly (in-person) $420


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 Jennifer Jolly


B.A. UC Berkeley. Keyboards/melodica, guitar, percussion, vocals, composer/arranger, bandleader. Specialist in blues/boogie, R&B/funk, Americana, New Orleans, rock, Caribbean, and African roots music. Founder of Jennifer Jolly & Friends, co-founder of The Jolly Gibsons. Other current projects include Pamela Rose’s touring theatrical concert “Blues is a Woman,” Tom Rigney & Flambeau (sub), JAZZphoria (sub), Chelle! and Friends (guest), Mo’Fone (guest), Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Party Monsters, Creekside Community Church Worship Band. Previous credits include Zulu Spear, Kotoja, Phil Lesh, Hot Links, Barbara Dane, Big B and His Snake Oil Saviors, accompaniment for choruses and musical theater productions, and dozens of recording projects. Faculty instructor at The Jazzschool, Cazadero Family Camp, Jazzschool Women’s Jazz and Blues Camp, after-school programs, workshops, and private studio.