Ellen Hoffman


Emceed by Ellen Hoffman
Performed by Various Guests

Every 3rd Tuesday at 7:30pm | Berkeley Cabaret
Next Event: June 19


Event Description

Open mic for singers, instrumentalists, singer-songwriters, poets, comics, and everyone else. Accompanied or a capella, all styles are welcome: Jazz, Ballads, Blues, BoogieWoogie, Bossa Nova, Broadway, R&B, English Music Hall, French Chanson, Classical, Opera, Folk, comedy, Poetry, and the tune you wrote last week. Ellen Hoffman will accompany on piano unless  you bring another accompanist. Solos, duos, trios–it’s all good! Thespians and would-be thespians are welcome as well, but please keep your act to 5 minutes or less. If you have sheet music, bring it, if not, show up anyway!

Signups will take place at the door–the sooner you get there, the more likely it will be that you sing one song and maybe even 2 songs!

Emcee Biography

Pianist, composer/arranger and music director Ellen Hoffman has worked with Oakland Symphony, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Berkeley Broadway Singers, and Jazz Camp West.  She performs at Dickens Christmas Fair each year and directs the Music Hall. She is a member of The Modulations, a trio (violin, accordion & piano) that plays for English Country Dance.

She has appeared with many artists including Linda Ronstadt, Bobby McFerrin, Rita Moreno, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. She composed the music for a new musical, Josephine the Pirate Queen, which premiered at the Knox Theatre at Contra Costa College.  She has played at San Quentin Prison, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the White House. She occasionally performs comedy at the piano (and would love to do more!)

She has run Open Mics at Cazadero Jazz Camp, Jazz Camp West, Mr. E’s Club (Pete Escovedo), Anna’s Jazz Cafe (which became Anna’s Jazz Island), Freight & Salvage, Berkeley City Club, and Stagebridge.  She enjoys the adventure of Open Mic!

Show Info

Tickets: $8 – $15 Pre-Sale | $10 – $15 At the Door
Every 3rd Tuesday at 7:30pm | Berkeley Cabaret
June 19
2 Sets – 2 Hours | One Intermission between sets | Ages 10+

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