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SUNDAY AUGUST 20, 3:00 PM

Golden Gate Library Jazz Series 
FRIENDS OF THE GOLDEN GATE LIBRARY

Featuring DENISE PERRIER! 
Doyle-Hollis Park, Emeryville
Between 61st and 62nd Streets, Doyle and Hollis;  just west of 62nd and San Pablo Avenue 

Annual outdoors swingin’ afternoon.  
Bring your lawn chairs! 

FREE

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 5th  8:00 PM  (one show only)

YOSHIs Oakland

The full band featuring Denise Perrier returns to YOSHIs Oakland for our twice-yearly appearance at one of the best jazz clubs around.

Plans are still brewing for this event, but get it on your calendar now.

What better way to gear up for the transition from summer to Bay Area Autumn than a night pulled up to a bandstand loaded with swing?

YOSHIs:
510-238-9200
www.yoshis.com

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 4th, 8:00 PM   (one show only)

YOSHIs Oakland

“NEW YEAR’S STATE OF MIND”

What better idea for a holiday gift than tickets presented to your family and friends for January 4th with the Juniuses?

The Junius Courtney Big Band featuring Denise Perrier begins the 2017 jazz season with a philosophically swinging launch to the new year.  Pack up the tinsel and pull up to the bandstand for a night of new beginnings, new tunes and new dreams.

Denise Perrier, vocalist par excellance, recently returned from Russia, sets up our New Year’s State of Mind.  One of the swingin’est bands around stirs it up, and propels into a new take on 2017, whether you’ve made any resolutions or not!

Advance tix: $23  www.yoshis.com
510-238-9200

SATURDAY APRIL 1st, 11:00 PM
KPFA  Radio 94.1 FM
Live Performance!

Tune in for an hour of live performance by the instrumentalists of the Junius Courtney Big Band, in preparation for their upcoming show at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage on WED APRIL 12th.
Hosted by Afrikahn Jamal Davys on “Bajaba Showcase.”

THURSDAY APRIL 6th, 9:00 AM
KCSM Radio 91.1
Live Interview!

Catch bandleader Nat Courtney and trombonist Pat Mullan in conversation with KCSM’s Alisa Clancy.  Check out the details and teasers for the upcoming
“From Berkeley To Havana With Love” show on WED APRIL 12th at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 12th   8:00 PM

FREIGHT & SALVAGE COFFEEHOUSE
“From Berkeley to Havana With Love”
Full Dance Floor Open!

The Junius Courtney Big Band featuring Denise Perrier welcomes special guest Bobi Cespedes for a night that promises ultimate musical excitement and spirit.

Advance tickets are highly recommended at $20.  Tix at the door: $24.
SENIOR DISCOUNTS!  Also, those 18 and under get half-price tickets.

Contact the Freight at: 510-644-2020.
http://thefreight.org/junius-courtney-big-band-denise-perrier-1

Bobi CespedesAfro-Cuban songstress Bobi Cespedes is a singer, songwriter and performer who leads the pantheon of Bay Area Afro-Cuban musicians.  She has a devoted following, and is appreciated for her innovation and heart.  Bobi’s creativity is augmented by her previous work with Mickey Hart and Conjunto Cespedes.  As the Junius’ special guest, she’s bringing the Cuban big band vocal tradition to Berkeley, with love.  There will be reflections of Beny Moré and romance.

Bobi Cespedes.  Photo credit:  Jim Dennis

Denise PerrierWorld-traveler and world-class vocalist Denise Perrier is recently returned from performances in Cuba, and more recently returned from the Vladivostok Jazz Festival.  A member of the Junius Courtney Big Band for fifteen years, Denise exudes soul, sass, class and most formidable chops.  At the Freight, she’ll be recalling the exuberance of her international performances to deliver a swinging tribute to the Latin tinge, Cuba and her own blues-drenched roots.

The Junius Courtney Big Band is celebrating its fifty-five-year anniversary, and is pleased to be returning to the Freight for another night that will lift off to delirious realms of swing…and percussive Afro-Cuban and Latin grooves. 

Wednesday, April 12th, will be a uniquely original and memorable night at the Freight.  Get your dancing shoes ready to fly and your heart ready to soar!

All ages welcome.  Great snacks. Easy parking at the Center Street Garage, (Center between Milvia and Shattuck) and other locations, including the street.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 5th  8:00 PM  (one show only)

YOSHIs Oakland

The full band featuring Denise Perrier returns to YOSHIs Oakland for our twice-yearly appearance at one of the best jazz clubs around.

Plans are still brewing for this event, but get it on your calendar now.

What better way to gear up for the transition from summer to Bay Area Autumn than a night pulled up to a bandstand loaded with swing?

YOSHIs:
510-238-9200
www.yoshis.com

WEDNESDAY APRIL 12th   8:00 PM

FREIGHT & SALVAGE COFFEEHOUSE
“From Berkeley to Havana With Love”
Full Dance Floor Open!

The Junius Courtney Big Band featuring Denise Perrier welcomes special guest Bobi Cespedes for a night that promises ultimate musical excitement and spirit.

Advance tickets are highly recommended at $20.  Tix at the door: $24.
SENIOR DISCOUNTS!  Also, those 18 and under get half-price tickets.

Contact the Freight at: 510-644-2020.
http://thefreight.org/junius-courtney-big-band-denise-perrier-1

Bobi CespedesAfro-Cuban songstress Bobi Cespedes is a singer, songwriter and performer who leads the pantheon of Bay Area Afro-Cuban musicians.  She has a devoted following, and is appreciated for her innovation and heart.  Bobi’s creativity is augmented by her previous work with Mickey Hart and Conjunto Cespedes.  As the Junius’ special guest, she’s bringing the Cuban big band vocal tradition to Berkeley, with love.  There will be reflections of Beny Moré and romance.

Bobi Cespedes.  Photo credit:  Jim Dennis

Denise PerrierWorld-traveler and world-class vocalist Denise Perrier is recently returned from performances in Cuba, and more recently returned from the Vladivostok Jazz Festival.  A member of the Junius Courtney Big Band for fifteen years, Denise exudes soul, sass, class and most formidable chops.  At the Freight, she’ll be recalling the exuberance of her international performances to deliver a swinging tribute to the Latin tinge, Cuba and her own blues-drenched roots.

The Junius Courtney Big Band is celebrating its fifty-five-year anniversary, and is pleased to be returning to the Freight for another night that will lift off to delirious realms of swing…and percussive Afro-Cuban and Latin grooves. 

Wednesday, April 12th, will be a uniquely original and memorable night at the Freight.  Get your dancing shoes ready to fly and your heart ready to soar!

All ages welcome.  Great snacks. Easy parking at the Center Street Garage, (Center between Milvia and Shattuck) and other locations, including the street.

SUNDAY AUGUST 20, 3:00 PM

Golden Gate Library Jazz Series 
FRIENDS OF THE GOLDEN GATE LIBRARY

Featuring DENISE PERRIER! 
Doyle-Hollis Park, Emeryville
Between 61st and 62nd Streets, Doyle and Hollis;  just west of 62nd and San Pablo Avenue 

Annual outdoors swingin’ afternoon.  
Bring your lawn chairs! 

FREE!

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 5th  8:00 PM  (one show only)

YOSHIs Oakland

The full band featuring Denise Perrier returns to YOSHIs Oakland for our twice-yearly appearance at one of the best jazz clubs around.

Plans are still brewing for this event, but get it on your calendar now.

What better way to gear up for the transition from summer to Bay Area Autumn than a night pulled up to a bandstand loaded with swing?

YOSHIs:
510-238-9200
www.yoshis.com

SATURDAY,  APRIL 9, 2016 8:00 PM

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison near Shattuck, downtown Berkeley

"It Might As Well Be SWING!”

With over 15 years of appearances at the Freight - from dance nights to special concerts celebrating Billy Strayhorn and Earl “Fatha” Hines - the Juinus Courtney Big  and has been raising the roof.  Grab your dancing shoes, your partner and head on down!

Ebullient vocalist Rhonda Benin steps in as featured vocalist, bringing her sass and soul to the proceedings. No stranger to the Freight (most recently as producer and performer of her packed-house “Just Like a Woman” all-star revue), Benin has impressive chops and a resumé to match, with appearances at SFJAZZ, Bay Area jazz festivals, Hangzhou, China and Rwanda on her list of credits.  Benin is a long-term member of Linda Tillery’s Cultural Heritage Choir, and has also appeared with performers including Wilson Pickett, Odetta, Al Green and Patti Austen.  Rhonda’s terrific show “Just Like A Woman” recently packed the house at the Freight, and you’ll want to catch her with the full band propelling her!

Advance tickets recommended:
510-644-2020

www.freightandsalvage.org
http://thefreight.org/junius-courtney-big-band-denise-perrier

SATURDAY JUNE 4, 2016 1:00 PM

“Wine and Jazz Festival”
Ebony Boat Club, Stockton

Check out the annual jazz festival, in its new location:
Downtown Stockton Marina
445 West Weber Avenue, Stockton
jazz, wine, barbecue, lawn chairs welcome

Info: 510-236-6016; 510-653-3121

http://www.ebonyboatclub.com

TUESDAY,  JUNE 7, 2016 8:00 PM

YOSHIs Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland

"JAZZ JEWELS and JUJU”

The Junius Courtney Big Band has built a repertoire over fifty-plus years that is unique and deeply swinging.  This June’s outing at YOSHI’s showcases sparkling arrangements, glittering delivery and the richness of some crown jewels from the band’s book. The band stirs in a dose of magic and down-home blues feeling that swirls up from Junius Courtney’s New Orleans roots.

Join us for jazz that’s high-brow AND low-down: a potpourri, jambalaya, sacred and profane eclectic mix.  See what happens when this band of  “veterans who know how to tell a story in eight bars” dresses up, gets down and cuts loose.

The fabulous vocalist Denise Perrier, recently returned from engagements in Cuba, sports her own tiara to deliver the sublime and the gritty.  Denise and the band will put a spell on you!

Advance tix highly recommended:
510-238-9200

http://www.yoshis.com/event/1147535-junius-courtney-big-band-oakland/

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016 6:30 PM

Sausalito’s “Jazz and Blues By the Bay” Festival
Gabrielson Park, on the water, downtown Sausalito
750 Bridgeway

Denise and the band return to this great location for a swingin’ evening by the Bay.  Great views, great sounds, great company!

FREE!
Lawn seating is first-come, first-served.

http://www.jazzandbluesbythebay.com

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016 3:00 PM

Golden Gate Library Jazz Series
FRIENDS OF THE GOLDEN GATE LIBRARY

Featuring DENISE PERRIER!
Doyle-Hollis Park, Emeryville
Between 61st and 62nd Streets, Doyle and Hollis;  just west of 62nd and San Pablo Avenue

Annual outdoors swingin’ afternoon. 
Bring your lawn chairs!
FREE!

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5th

Private Party
African American Cultural Center
San Francisco

FRIDAY,  MAY 15 7:00 PM

“Sacred Weekend”

Shepherd of the Hills Church, Berkeley
Private concert for members


SUNDAY, MAY 17 3:00 PM

“Sacred Weekend”

Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church
2621 Shane Drive, Richmond

50th Anniversary of Ellington’s Sacred Concert
Benefit for the Sojourner Truth Senior Choir

Info:  510-799-9474;  415-745-6715


TUESDAY,  JUNE 2  8:00 PM

“Mood Ellington”
YOSHIs Oakland, Jack London Square

Elemental, elegant Ellington!

Get caught up in the band’s “Mood Ellington!”  The band and Denise Perrier invite you to an elevating, swinging night on the Bay Area jazz scene.

From Ellington’s early tunes like “Mood Indigo,” newly arranged by the band’s eminence grise Frank Fisher, to stomping full-band numbers and elegant ballads, the night will be a deep dive into the Duke’s colorful sea.  Acknowledging the 50th anniversary of Ellington’s Sacred Concert, the band will honor Duke’s later work with a special “Come Sunday.”  Look forward to Billy Strayhorn’s lush sophistication, Denise Perrier’s compelling vocals, and some signature surprises.

June 2nd will be a special night at YOSHIs.  Plan now to bring your family and friends: advance tix are highly recommended.

http://www.yoshis.com/event/816691-junius-courtney-big-band-oakland/

or call:  510-238-9200

SATURDAY,  JUNE 6  1:00 PM

“Wine and Jazz Festival”
Ebony Boat Club, Stockton

Check out the annual jazz festival, 
now in a brand new location:
Downtown Stockton Marina
445 West Weber Avenue, Stockton

jazz, wine, barbecue

lawn chairs welcome

Info: 510-236-6016; 510-653-3121

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23  3:00 PM

Golden Gate Library Jazz Series
FRIENDS OF THE GOLDEN GATE LIBRARY

Doyle-Hollis Park, Emeryville
Between 61st and 62nd Streets, Doyle and Hollis;  just west of 62nd and San Pablo Avenue

Annual outdoors swingin’ afternoon. 

Bring your lawn chairs!

FREE!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014, 8:00 PM

Private Party
Retirement Celebration for Roberta Mandel (Piano Jan. 2014) and Jim Newman (Bari Sax, Jan. 2013)

The band gets down to honor these stalwart members in style.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014 8:00 PM

Gala Dance and Concert
California Theatre
351 Railroad Avenue, Pittsburg, CA

In the stunning, lavishly restored heirloom theatre

(925) 427-1047

Tix:  $15.00   Doors open at 7:30

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014 8:00 PM

YOSHI's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West,
Jack London Square, Oakland

With Dee Spencer on piano, the band presents a brand new show, now in the works.

Watch this space!

Advance Tickets:  CALL 510-238-9200
www.yoshis.com/

FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014  8:00 PM

Freight and Salvage, Berkeley
The Full Dance Floor will be Open!
2020 Addison Street near Shattuck, downtown Berkeley
Great snacks and drinks.  All ages welcome.
 

$21 in advance, $23 at the door  
$2.00 discount for Seniors; half-price tickets for those 30 and under.


Info: (510) 644-2020

www.thefreight.org

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013  7:30 PM

California Theatre Opening Gala
351 Railroad Avenue, Pittsburg, CA

The Junius Courtney Big Band with Denise Perrier headline the Gala Opening of the restored California Theatre, hosted by the Pittsburg Arts and Community Foundation and the City of Pittsburg.  From its original opening in 1920 to the last ten years of planning and renovation, the gala heralds a new life for this fabulous beaux-arts building.

Further  info:  www.pittsburgfoundation.org    925-252-6930   
Tix: $150

SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2013 8:00PM

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison near Shattuck, downtown Berkeley 

"Latin + Swing = Junius" Big Band Dance!
The full dance floor will be open! The Mambo, the Rhumba, the Bolero and t he Cha-Cha-Cha will swirl through the band's delirous realms of swing. The band with Denise Perrier is pulling out all the stops with a special invitation to dancers for Saturday-night-date-night. Check out the band's singing coro's and some new tunes from Denise, too. Get out your dancing shoes, put on your finery and bring your dance partner to celebrate the launch of the band's second half-century. Plenty of comfy seating, too.

Great snacks and drinks.  All ages welcome.


$20.50 in advance, $22.50 at the door 
$2.00 discount for Seniors; 
half-price tickets for those 25 and under.

Info: 510-644-2020

www.thefreight.org

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013 3:00 PM

Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert

in conjunction with the Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church Senior Choir
and tap dancer Austin McClendon

Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church
2621 Shane Drive, RIchmond

Tickets:  $35.00

Info:  510-799-9474 and 510-499-8283

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013 1:00 PM

Ebony Boat Club Jazz and Wine Festival

San Joaquin Yacht Harbor
3305 Wilbur Avenue, Antioch

Lawn Chairs Welcome

Tickets:  $25 jazz and wine tasting, $45 jazz, wine tasting and BBQ dinner

www.ebonyboatclub.com
  510-653-3121


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013 8:00PM

YOSHI's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland

The Junius Courtney Big Band featuring Denise Perrier brings our new show "Monk Meets Junius" to the best jazz club around.  We're returning for year five of our twice-yearly YOSHIs appearances, planning once again to pack the house and raise the roof. The fabulous Denise Perrier is out front on vocals. Sophisticated favorites from the band’s book combine with Monk’s big band charts. This all promises to bring the musical excitement to a boil.

Thelonious Monk was one quirky genius who left us a catalog and legacy of truth, beauty and humor.  We'll put a Junius Courtney Bg Band spin on some charts designed for Monk's own Town Hall big band date, and add some swinging' and heady lyrics to Monk tunes.  Take a walk on the creative side with us when "Monk Meets Junius."   And note: the Monk runs deep - better get your tickets soon!

Info: 510-238-9200

ADVANCE TICKETS RECOMMENDED: $21

Check out the video and get your tix online:
www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/3272

SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013  6:30 - 9:30 PM

California Maritime Academy
200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo

A fundraiser featuring the Junius Courtney Big Band, R&B artist Miki Howard and the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol.  Proceeds to benefit Vallejo High School’s hosting the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Ticket info:  707 644-9031 ($45 general, $75 VIP)

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013 3:00 - 5:00 PM 

America’s Cup Pavilion
Pier 27/29, San Francisco Embarcadero

Hang out with the band amidst the highest-profile sailing scene on the planet. The stage is enormous, and the pavilion is located in an enormously beautiful setting on the SF waterfront.  Snacks, drinks and killer views.  We’ll provide the sounds.    Denise Perrier is back in town from her New Zealand tour, and we’re flying on the water,  just like those AC72s.  Comfy lawn beanbag seating provided.

FREE to the public

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 3:00 PM

Friends of the Golden Gate Library  
Temescal Creek Park "pocket park" on 47th Street between Adeline and San Pablo Ave, Emeryville/ Oakland line


The band returns for its annual summer scene at this great neighborhood hang.


Bring your lawn chairs! 

Free Admission

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013 7:00 PM

Senior Winter Ball 
Richmond Auditorium 
403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond 

Tickets and Info:  510-620-6793

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 8:00 PM

YOSHI's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland
"The Holidays at Duke's Place"

Your hottest holiday invitation has arrived!

The band with Denise Perrier heats up YOSHIs Oakland for their fifth, twice-yearly adventure.  The band's new show "The Holidays at Duke's Place" features selections form the Ellington- Strayhorn Nutcracker, plenty of other Duke/ Strayhorn collaborations, and the camaraderie of Thad Jones, Mingus and the Count.  Denise Perrier, one of the best jazz vocalists on the scene, swings the season into high gear.  The band wants to see you and your friends in the house, where the chestnuts are roastin' and the dreidels are spinnin'  - so reserve your tickets now, before the house sells out!

Advance Tickets:  CALL 510-238-9200
www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/3871

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012  8:00 PM

Big Band Dance:  50th Anniversary Season Kick-Off at the Freight
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison near Shattuck, downtown Berkeley


The full dance floor will be open!   The band with Denise Perrier is pulling out all the stops to update Junius’ historic society dances and tea dances with the band’s unique arrangements and some new tunes.  A special invitation to dancers to stomp our anniversary in!  Plenty of comfy seating.  Great snacks, too.  All ages welcome.

Tix:  $20.50 in advance, $22.50 at the door:  $2.00 discount for Seniors;  half-price tickets for those 25 and under.

www.thefreight.org
510-644-2020

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012 1:00 PM

Ebony Boat Club Jazz and Wine Festival

San Joaquin Yacht Harbor
3305 Wilber Avenue
Antioch, CA 94509
 
510-653-3121

www.ebonyboatclub.com

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012 8:00 AND 10:00 PM

YOSHI's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland

RAY CHARLES TRIBUTE: "Junius + Soul = Jazz"
The Junius Courtney Big Band with Denise Perrier takes the stage at YOSHI’S Oakland to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special show featuring the great Ray Charles. Paying homage to his epic 1961 album “Genius + Soul = Jazz” and other Count Basie/ Quincy Jones-inflected music, the JCBB will swing their unique spin on Brother Ray’s best. In this special one time only show, expect plenty of the band’s own arrangements, originals, and surprises in the mix. Word is that an updated edition of the “Raylettes” will make an appearance, too. Get your tickets to “Junius + Soul = Jazz” before they sell out!

ADVANCE TICKETS RECOMMENDED
510-238-9200
8:00 PM $20   10:00 PM $12

www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/2658

TUESDAY,  JULY 10, 2012  6:00 - 8:30 pm

Sonoma Valley Jazz Society

“Tuesday Night Market Jazz Series”
Grinstead Amphitheatre, downtown Sonoma

Info: 707-373-0700
Free.  Bring your lawn chair.

www.sonomavalleyjazzsociety.org/tuesday_night_market_jazz

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012 8:30 PM

57th Street Gallery
5701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
(Telegraph and 57th Street)

"The Intimacy of Jazz and the Blues"
An evening of smokin' sounds at a great club with old-school ambiance.

Reservations highly recommended

510-654-6974

www.57thstreetgallery.com

FRIDAY,  AUGUST 17, 2012  6:30 - 8:00 PM

CITY OF SAUSALITO’s “Jazz and Blues By The Bay”
Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
Foot of Anchor Street, off Bridgeway, downtown Sausalito

“Legendary concert series” with “breaktaking views of Angel Island, SF and The Bay”

Free.  Bring your lawn chairs.  Check the website for table reservation info.

www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=809

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012 3:00 PM

Friends of the Golden Gate Library 
Temescal Creek Park "pocket park" on 47th Street between Adeline and San Pablo Ave, Emeryville/ Oakland line

Bring your lawn chairs! 

Free Admission

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012  7:00 - 11:00 PM

Senior Winter Ball
Richmond Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond 

Tickets:  $15  Call:  510-620-6793
Event Info:  510-232-4690

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012 8:00 and 10:00 PM

YOSHI's Oakland
510 Embarcaders West, Jack London Square, Oakland

“Swingin’ Holidays”
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland
Advance tix and reservations recommended

510-238-9200

www.yoshis.com

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011 8:00 PM

The NEW Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison Street between Shattuck and Milva, Berkeley

CD RELEASE PARTY AND DANCE!

With a brand new CD to release—US—and a big dance floor to fill, there's plenty to celebrate, and the Junius Courtney Big Band wants you in the house for a Saturday night party!  Celebrate with us, get out on the dance floor, and pick up a copy of our fresh CD with as many autographs as you'd like.

We're rolling up the carpet and clearing out the front rows of seats to create a dance hall worthy of Harlem's Savoy, while the band raises the roof with renditions from our new recording, including smart arrangements of "(Stompin' at the) Savoy" and "Sunnyside of the Street" plus a stack of tunes you'll only hear live. There will be plenty of comfy seating for dedicated listeners, and for dancers taking a break.

The Junius Courtney Big Band rounds out February's African American History Month with sounds and soul that are at the heart of the music. Create some history together with the band at the release of this swingin' CD, and become a part of US.

Tix:  $18.50 advance; $20.50 at the door; $1.00 senior discount. 
All ages welcome.  Call: 510-644-2020.   www.freightandsalvage.org

Easy parking at the Allston Garage (Allston betweenMilvia abnd Shattuck),  the Center Street Garage, (Center between Milvia and Shattuck) and other locations, including the street.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011 1:00 PM


Ebony Boat Club Jazz and Wine Festival
San Joaquin Yacht Harbor
3305 Wilber Avenue
Antioch, CA 94509

(925) 757-4430

www.ebonyboatclub.com


TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011 8:00 and 10:00 PM


Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland

"Quite QUINCY"

RESERVE YOUR TIX AND SEATS NOW!

The Junius Courtney Big Band, featuring Denise Perrier, returns to YOSHIs with a summer show celebrating Quincy Jones. 
The band revs up with some of Quincy’s arrangements for his own all-star orchestra, spotlights his work with Ray Charles and Count Basie, and offers a taste of Quincy’s funky/ Michael Jackson side.  The extraordinary globe-trotting vocalist Denise Perrier, just back from New Zealand and New Caladonia, puts her indelible stamp on the Quincy Jones songbook. This will be the band’s fifth appearance at Yoshi’s, and promises to follow the suit of their previous sold-out, stomping engagements.

Tix: $14.00 for the 8:00 pm show;  $10.00 for the 10:00 pm show
Reservations encouraged. All ages welcome. Excellent snacks and full dinners available.

Info: 510-238-9200. 

www.yoshis.com
www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/1586

The new CD "US" will be available in the lobby.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Friends of the Golden Gate Library
Temescal Creek Park "pocket park" on 47th Street 
between Adeline and San Pablo Ave, Emeryville/ Oakland line

Bring your lawn chairs!
Free Admission

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 8:00 PM

"TRIBUTE TO EARL "Fatha" HINES"
with special guest TAMMY HALL at the piano

The NEW Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison Street between Milvia and Shattuck, downtown Berkeley

Featuring some of Hines' own arrangements, the Junius Courtney Big Band's take on some of Hines' signature tunes, special presentations of small group numbers, including the Earl Hines-Louis Armstrong classic, "Weatherbird," AND the exceptional piano work of special guest TAMMY HALL.

Tix:  TBA; $1.00 senior discount.  All ages welcome.  Call: 510-644-2020. www.freightandsalvage.org

Easy parking at the Allston Garage (Allston betweenMilvia abnd Shattuck),  the Center Street Garage, (Center between Milvia and Shattuck) and other locations, including the street.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011 7:00 - 11:00 PM

"USO" Dance - Home Front Festival
Craneway Pavilion 

1500 Marina Way South, Richmond

Presented by the National Parks Service and the City of Richmond

http://rcoc.com/events/home-front-festival/1940s-uso-dance/

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2011 7:00 - 11:00 PM

Senior Winter Ball
Richmond Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond


Tickets:  $15  Call:  510-620-6793
Event Info:  510-232-4690


(check back for details)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011 8:00 and 10:00 PM

YOSHI's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland

The Junius Courtney Big Band with Denise Perrier swings back into YOSHIs Oakland on Tuesday, December 20th.  It’s an especially good year to be home for the holidays, and we’re inviting you to come by and raise a glass with us.  We’ll be pulling out some fantastic standards, adding some festive holiday numbers, plus a few surprises to keep the season fresh.  Make your reservations soon for a relaxed and swinging “Home for the Holidays” show at the best club around.

Call for advance tix: $14 for 8 PM show, $10 for 10 PM show 510-238-9200

www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/2254

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2010 8:00 PM

calling all dancers!
The NEW Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison Street between Milvia and Shattuck, downtown Berkeley

A CONCERT AND DANCE!

The dance floor will be open for business when the Junius Courtney Big Band with Denise Perrier hits the bandstand for their first appearance at the New Freight!  Plenty of comfy concert seating will be available, too. The band is in powerhouse mode, propelled by sold-out shows at Yoshi’s.

The Freight’s brand-new location has a great dance floor, ample seating and terrific acoustics, while retaining a hint of the funky allure from its beloved former location.  The snacks are top-notch and the staff is friendly.  This will be a swingin’ night to top off February and prolong those Valentine’s tendencies.

Tix:  $18.50 advance; $19.50 at the door; $1.00 senior discount.  All ages welcome.  Call: 510-644-2020.   www.freightandsalvage.org
Easy parking at the Allston Garage (Allston betweenMilvia abnd Shattuck),  the Center Street Garage, (Center between Milvia and Shattuck) and other locations, including the street.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2010 3:00 PM

DENISE PERRIER and the JUNIUS COURTNEY BIG BAND at

The RRAZZ ROOM of the Hotel Nikko, San Francisco

222 Mason Street at O’Farrell, SF

Denise Perrier fronts the bill and the band at the up-scale and glamorous RRAZZ ROOM in The City.   There will be plenty of swinging surprises at this afternoon of Jazz High Tea.  Denise Perrier’s burnished contralto, thirty-year international singing career, and unstoppable charm infuse this hot jazz session with authentic soul.Denise Perrier and the Junius Courtney Big Band

Don’t miss this opportunity to check out Denise Perrier with the Junius Courtney Big Band:  the experience of an exciting full jazz sound in a comfortably intimate setting -- Jazz @ the Rrazz. 

For tickets  ($30) and information: 
(866) 468-3399
; (415) 394-1189;
www.therrazzroom.com 

Info: www.juniuscourtneybigband.com  www.deniseperrier.com  

Validated parking at the adjacent Mason-O’Farrell Garage.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010 3:00 PM

Shattuck Hotel - the Crystal Ballroom
Afternoon Tea Dance

2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 845-7300

Revivial of the hippest!  The Junius Courtney Big Band returns to the Shattuck after about a 25 year hiatus!   Catch this band that  “swings with power and concision” (per critic Andy Gilbert) as it  sways the chandelier in the Crystal Ballroom. The Past is a Thing of the Future at the newly refurbished Hotel Shattuck Plaza.

TIX:  $12 general; only $9 for Seniors and Students

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2010 1:00 PM

Ebony Boat Club Jazz and Wine Festival
San Joaquin Yacht Harbor
3305 Wilber Avenue
Antioch, CA 94509

(925) 757-4430
www.ebonyboatclub.com

TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010 8:00 pm and 10:00 PM

Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland

"It Might As Well Be Swing: Basie's In The House"

RESERVE YOUR TIX AND SEATS NOW!

The Junius Courtney Big Band, featuring Denise Perrier, pulls out the stops for “It Might As Well Be Swing: Basie’s In The House” on Tuesday night, June 8th.  Nat Courtney leads the 19-piece ensemble through two shows (8:00 and 10:00 pm) of  Basie’s tunes plus band originals and swingin’ arrangements,  all Basie-infused. Denise Perrier revisits the influences of Ella, Sinatra and Joe Williams.  The Junius Courtney Big Band sold out both of its dates at Yoshi’s last year, so reserve your tickets now.

Tix: $14.00. 
Reservations encouraged. All ages welcome. Excellent snacks and full dinners available.

Info: 510-238-9200. 
www.yoshis.com

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010 1:00 - 3:00 PM

AfroSolo Festival
Yerba Buenna Gardens
3rd and Mission, San Francisco

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents "A Concert for Peace" kicking off the AfroSolo Theatre Company's 17th Festival: United in Peace

Just two short blocks from the New Montgomery BART station!

www.afrosolo.org/home.php
www.ybgf.org

SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2010 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Friends of the Golden Gate Library
Temescal Creek Park "pocket park" on 47th Street
between Adeline and San Pablo Ave, Emeryville/ Oakland line

Bring your lawn chairs!

Free Admission

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2010 6:00 PM

Richmond's "Music on the Main"
13th and MacDonald, Richmond
(Foodsco Lot; opening acts start at 5:00)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010 2:30 PM

Richmond's Jazz and Wine Festival
(check back for details)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010 7:00 - 10:00 PM

"USO" Dance - Home Front Festival
Craneway Pavilion
1500 Marina Way South, Richmond

Presented by the National Parks Service and the City of Richmond

homefrontfestival.com/uso.html

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010 7:00 - 11:00 PM

Senior Winter Ball
Richmond Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM

Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland

The band returns for a Swingin' Solstice on the Longest Night of the Year. Ellington-Strayhorn-Nutcracker-Swingin' Holidays-New, Cool Yule.
SAVE THE DATE!

Tix: $14.00.
Reservations encouraged. All ages welcome. Refreshments available. 

Info: 510-238-9200.
www.yoshis.com

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009 TWO SHOWS 8:00 and 10:00 PM

Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square, Oakland

"Swing In (the) Holidays!"
Light up the longest night of the year with the Junius Courtney Big Band and Denise Perrier as we return to YOSHI's for a two-show Holiday Party.

Featuring selections from the Ellington-Strayhorn version of the Nutcracker and a jazz celebration of the season.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY!

Our June YOSHI's show SOLD OUT, and we want to make sure you get in to this one!

Tickets: $14.00
Call: (510) 238-9200
www.yoshis.com

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2009 7:00 - 11:00 PM

Senior Winter Ball
Richmond Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond

Tickets: $15
Information: (510) 307-8086

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2009 7:00 - 10:00 PM

"USO" Dance - Home Front Festival
Craneway Pavilion
1500 Marina Way South, Richmond

Presented by the National Parks Service and the City of Richmond

Advance Tickets: $20/$15 seniors
At the door: $25/ $20 seniors
For more information call: (510) 234-3512
homefrontfestival.com/uso.html

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2009, 3:00 PM

City of Richmond Celebration
Richmond Auditorium

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2009 3:00 PM (FREE)

Friends of the Golden Gate Library
Temescal Creek Park, Oakland
"pocket park" on 47th Street between Adeline and San Pablo Avenue

Wednesday, JULY22, 2009 6:00 PM (FREE)

Richmond's Main Street "Music on the Main" Festival
Richmond BART Station Parking Lot
(opening acts start at 5:00)

www.richmondmainstreet.org

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009 8:00 PM

Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland

The Band's Debut at Yoshi's with "The Arrangers' Showcase"
We turn the spotlight on in-house jazz arrangers for one long set of sophisticated and unique portrayals of standards and originals. Topping the arrangers’ list is the late, great Jerry Cournoyer, noted for creating complex and swinging harmonic and rhythmic innovations. Arrangements from the late Junius Courtney, the band’s founder, Roberta Mandel, the band’s long-term pianist, Frank Fisher, trumpeter and blues-drenched godfather of the band, and others will be showcased. Vocalist par excellence Denise Perrier and the 18-musician-entourage promise to swing down the house.

Tix: $14.00.
Reservations encouraged. All ages welcome. Refreshments available. 


Info: 510-238-9200.
www.yoshis.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2009, 1:00 PM

Ebony Boat Club Jazz and Wine Festival
San Joaquin Yacht Harbor
3305 Wilber Avenue
Antioch, CA 94509

(925) 757-4430
www.ebonyboatclub.com

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2009 3:00 PM (FREE)

San Francisco Public Library
Main Library, Civic Center, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street at Grove, San Francisco

"THE BILLY STRAYHORN SESSION"

Billy Strayhorn

The 19-piece Junius Courtney Big Band, featuring Denise Perrier, performs their original dramatic staged reading and jazz concert, “The Billy Strayhorn Session,” at the San Francisco Public Library in a free performance on Saturday afternoon. Doors open at 2:30 pm. 

The concert celebrates the life and imagination of Billy Strayhorn who, usually credited as Duke Ellington’s arranger and collaborator, was a music master in his own right, a courageous black gay man, and an active civil rights supporter. Strayhorn’s life is portrayed in speaking roles by Denise Perrier as Lena Horne, bandleader Nat Courtney as Duke Ellington, and musical director George “Jazzbeaux” Spencer as Billy Strayhorn. The full band performs Strayhorn’s original compositions that illustrate his emotional and musical depth while swinging down the house.
San Francisco Public Library’s centers, the Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center and the African American Center are bringing the life and work of Billy Strayhorn into sharper focus through the lens of music and history. 

For more information, contact the San Francisco Public Library at (415) 557-4400.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2009 3:00 pm Performance, Reception at 5:00 PM

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert featuring the Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church Choir and the Junius Courtney Big Band Contra Costa Community College Knox Center for the Performing Arts 2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo, CA (corner of El Portal Drive and Castro Street)


Mail order tickets available until April 12th via check payable to Sojourner Truth Church Choir, and mailed to 2621 Shane Drive, Richmond, CA 94806. Purchased tickets can be mailed or made available at “will call.”Tickets also available from Sojourner Truth Church members and friends.

Tickets: $25.00 donation
INFO: 510-237-8254

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009 8:00 PM

Freight and Salvage
1111 Addison near San Pablo, Berkeley

"LOVE LETTERS IN JAZZ"
The full band with Denise Perrier out front on vocals delivers valentine messages of exuberance and romance in a special concert, "Love Letters in Jazz." Come celebrate the swinging passion of love as the band sends out stompers like "I Cain't Stop Loving You," heart-rending ballads like "Tenderly," the latin side like "Un Historia De Amor" and the delirious "Come Fly With Me." Extend your Valentine's weekend with a night of red-hot jazz at the friendly venue of the Freight and Salvage, where refreshments are plentiful and all ages are welcome.

Tix: $18.50 in advance, $19.50 at the door
Telephone: (510) 548-1761
http://www.thefreight.org/

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2008 7:00 PM

City of Richmond Senior Winter Ball
403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond
Info: (510) 620-6793
Tix: $15 per person


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2008, 7:00 PM

La Pena Cultural Center
CONCERT AND DANCE
Jump-start your holidays with a Sunday night dance!
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 849-2568

Tix: $12 in advance, $14 at the door,
Discounts for seniors disabled and children
www.lapena.org/calendar

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2008, 7:00 PM

USO Dance
Ford Point Craneway
1414-1422 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA

The City of Richmond, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park are teaming up again to bring you the Homefront Festival.

Runs from 7:00 - 11:00pm
Download pdf flyer of event
http://www.homefrontfestival.com/


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2008, 6:30 PM

City of Concord's 12th Annual Music and Market Series
Temescal Creek Park, Oakland
Todos Santos Plaza
Willow Pass Road and Grant Street, Concord

Runs from 6:30 - 8:00pm
Free Admission
www.communityconcerts.com/
www.concordfirst.org

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2008, 8:00 PM

Downtown Berkeley Music Festival
Berkeley Public Library, Reading Room
2090 Kittredge, Berkeley

SUNDAY, AUGUSTt 24, 2008, 3:00 PM

Friends of the Golden Gate Library
Temescal Creek Park, Oakland

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2008, 7:00 PM

3rd Annual Old Grove Festival
Armstrong Woods State Reserve
Forrest Theatre, Guerneville

Gates open at 5:00; Opening act at 5:45
Junius Courtney Big Band at 7:00
Info: (707) 869-9403
Runs from 7:00 - 8:30
http://www.communityconcerts.com/

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2008, 12:00 PM

Kaiser Rooftop Garden Series
300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, 21st and Harrison

Bring your lunch and park in the garage.
Runs from Noon - 1:00pm
Free Admission

Map and directions at:
www.communitywalk.com/location/kaiser_rooftop_garden/oakland/ca/parks/107736
www.myspace.com/kaiserrooftopgardensummerconcertseries

SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2008, 1:00 PM

Ebony Yacht Club on the Delta

SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2008, 3:00 PM

Anna's Jazz Island
2120 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
telephone: (510) 841-JAZZ

Your swingin' alternative to afternoon tea. The Junius Courtney Big Band returns to the very happening venue at Anna's with new material and plenty of swing. Come early for prime seating.

Runs from 3:00 - 6:00
Tix: $15.00
Located on Allston between Shattuck and Oxford

www.AnnasJazzIsland.com

Validated parking:
You can park in the Allston Way garage, 2061 Allston Way (between Shattuck and Milvia, just a block west of Anna’s ) for only $3.00 with our validation.

SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2008, 7:00 PM

Prospect Sierra School
Gala Benefit
960 Avis Drive
El Cerrito, CA
telephone: (510) 527-4811

Runs from 7:00 - 10:00

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2008, 6:00 PM

Ex'pression College for the Digital Arts
6601 Shellmound
Emeryville, CA
telephone: (510) 601-4997

Benefit for Emery school Music Fund. With special guest, multi-grammy winner, Narada Michael Walden!

Runs from 6:00 - 10:00

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2008, 8:00 PM

Freight & Salvage Coffee House
1111 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
telephone: (510) 548-1761

The 19-piece Junius Courtney Big Band, featuring Denise Perrier, returns to fill every square inch of the Freight and Salvage stage. Adding to their swinging execution of a roof-raising repertoire, the band presents a special set, "The Billy Strayhorn Session." Celebrate Africian-American history at it's swingingest with the notes of Strayhorn, Ellington, Basie, Thad Jones, and the Junius Courtney Big Band.

Door 7:30 P.M., Music 8:00 P.M.
Tix: $17.50 advance, $18.50 door

http://www.thefreight.org/

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2007, 3:00 PM

Anna's Jazz Island
Your swingin' alternative to holiday shopping.
Runs from 3:00 - 6:00
Tix: $15.00

Located on Allston between Shattuck and Oxford
2120 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

telephone: (510) 841-JAZZ
www.AnnasJazzIsland.com

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2007, 8:00 PM

Richmond's 10th Annual Senior Winter Ball
Celebrate the holidays with friends as you enjoy the sounds of The Junius Courtney 18 Piece Orchestra. There will be contests, prizes, and light supper and a no host bar.
Runs from 7:00 - 11:00
Tix: $10.00

Ford Point Craneway
1414-1422 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA

email: Deborah_Hernandez@ci.richmond.ca.us
telephone: (510) 215-1113 or (510) 307-8086
http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/CurrentEvents.asp?EID=1775