About the Festival
What started as a generous offer from the Berkeley Arts Festival to showcase one evening's worth of music reminiscent of performances held at the old Jazz House (the good ol' days!) quickly morphed into a three-day festival showcasing some of the Bay Area's terrific talent.  With just a few weeks to pull this whole festival together, The Jazz House is thrilled to bring to you a wonderful gathering stretching over more than 20 hours and including some 40+ musicians and visual artists. 

Presented by The Jazz House and the Berkeley Arts Festival, this 3-day event will showcase improvisation, straight-ahead, avant garde, free and other types of jazz and jazz-inspired music  not conventionally heard in a collective way in the Bay Area.

Media Coverage:
East Bay Express:
Andrew Voigt Article...


"The Berkeley Arts Festival Hall"
(aka: The Fidelity Bank Building)
2323 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Advance Tickets are encouraged!
Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.  There are two ticket options available for the Zipper Fest:  3-Day Pass for $30, or Single-Day Pass for $10 (Friday) or $15 (Saturday/Sunday).  (That's three days for the price of two with a 3-Day Pass!)

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Festival Lineup

Friday, May 11th
6:00 PM
D'Armous Boone's Special Edition
featuring D'Armous Boone, saxophone.
7:30 PM
Andrew Voigt's Sunday Night Band
featuring Andrew Voigt...the original "V" in ROVA Saxophone Quartet, saxophone and bass flutes, Ray Hill, trumpet and flugel horn, Ron Heglin, trumpet, tuba, and voice, Deborah Craig, drums, Terry Rolleri, guitar. 
READ MORE About Andrew Voigt & the Sunday Night Band...
9:00 PM
Bush of Ghosts
featuring Damon Smith, bass, Phillip Greenlief, saxophone, Spirit, drums & percussion.
Saturday, May 12th
2:00 PM
Jim Ryan's Forward Energy
featuring Jim Ryan, alto/tenor saxophone & flute, Aaron Bennett, reeds, Lisa Mezzacappa, bass, Vijay Anderson, drums.
3:30 PM
Bill Crossman - B-Free 
featuring Bill Crossman, keyboard, Cheryl Schwartz, saxophone, Yele Sadiq, drums & percussion, Nzingah Smith, saxophone & flute,
5:00 PM
Nathan Clevenger Trio
featuring Nathan Clevenger, guitar.
7:00 PM
Patrick Cress' Telepathy (including a visuals arts presentation)
featuring Patrick Cress, saxophone, Aaron Novick, bass clarinet, Tim Bulkley, drums, George Ban-Weiss, bass.
8:30 PM
featuring Howard Wiley, saxophone.
Sunday, May 13th
2:00 PM Dayna Stephens Trio
3:30 PM
The Lost Trio
featuring Phillip Greenlief, saxophone, Dan Seamans, bass and Tom Hassett, drums
5:00 PM
Ross Hammond in Trio
featuring Ross Hammond, guitar, David Boyce, saxophone and Alex Jenkins, percussion
7:00 PM
The Greatest Little Big Band in the History of the Megaverse
featuring Megan Bierman, tenor saxophone, John Gruntfest, alto saxophone, Jack Duvall, drums, David Casini, drums.
8:30 PM
Weasel Walter
featuring Weasel Walter, drums, John Gruntfest, alto saxophone, Damon Smith, bass.


Thank you to our Sponsors for their support!
Berkeley Arts Festival, Groove Yard Records,
and East Bay Drums.