Press/Artist Review

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Michael Parayno

Michael Parayno, main volunteer of West Philippine Sea Jazz and Blues Festival is a trained academic, recycled materials artists(birdhouses), and founder of infamous and legendary San Francisco Bay Area underground jazz club, Birdland Jazzista Social Club in Berkeley and Oakland, California. BJSC expanded in Manila in the summer of 2012 and 2013. Parayno finally moved to the Philippines in 2015 to start a family and beach resort.

Media and Press on Birdland and Organizer/Volunteer, January 6, 2016, “Bye Bye Birdie”

Documentary on Founder and Birdland history in the US on Vimeo. (Full documentary film currently in production in the US)

Artist Testimonials on Birdland Jazzista Social Club

  • On a scale from 1 to 10, Birdland is a 20″ Calvin Keys(Ray Charles Band)

  • The future of jazz.” Peter Horvath, pianist

  • Birdland is a 10 on the funk meter” SF Bay Area Music Critic

  • A triumph of the human spirit.” Oscar Pangalinan (Bay area sax player)

  • Very Beautiful just like in Havana” Tito Son y Cuba. (cuban tres)

  • The most unpretensious jazz club ever,” Chuck MacKinnon (trumpet, Mactet)

  • A miracle of a club” Gee Gee Amos Blues Band.

  • Amazing, wow, Amazing…Amazing…” TJ Jeanine, TJ Blues Band.

  • Bill Graham would love this place,” Danny Scher (26 year former VP and CEO of Bill Graham Presents, a regular at Birdland)

  • I wished New York had a place like this, ” Dave Ambrosio, bass (Mark Renzi Trio)

  • The hottest jazz room in the Bay Area; Birdland was my favorite gig – the vibe the closeness the love flowed swirling in, thru and around the music – it was the very best room in the San Francisco Bay Area” LLoyd Gregory, guitarist.

  • Birdland is one of those rare places that exists completely apart from all the consumer crap that drives our culture,” Adam Schulman, pianist

  • You are a hero of mine” John Santos(Five time Grammy nominee, Latin Jazz)

Related Media on Birdland, founder and artist Michael Parayno



Birdland Jazz & BBQ is a Community Success” October 23, 2010

Whats Next for the Multi Culti Grill and Birdland Jazz Club?”

December 10, 2010

Unami Burger is Coming; Berkeley’s Birdland to Go Legit?” December 10, 2010

Popular Pop-up Jazz Club in North Berkeley Tries to Go Legit,” December 10, 2010

Must-haves: A couch in the garage, a grill in the driveway” December 13, 2010

Birdland Jazz and Multi Culti Grill:Update

December 14, 2010

Birdland BBQ” December 2010((in German)

Berkeley’s Underground Supper Club,” wtf?

ABC News, December 17, 2010

The Birdman Strikes,” December 29, 2010


Birdland Jazz Club Returns Tonight, Sort of,” February 4, 2011

Birdland Jazzista Social Club Returns,” March 11, 2011

The Power of Social Barbecue”

March 12, 2011

Birdland Now A Legit Private Club” March 14, 2011

Birdland Social Club comes to roost in Berkeley,” Examiner, March 30, 2011

Transitions On Traditions: Interview with Lloyd Gregory, guitarist extraordinarie appearing at Birdland Jazzista Social Club, and Michael Parayno with radio host, Greg Bridges. Monday, April 25th, 2011, 830pm. (start player at 32:00 minute mark for the start of the interview)


Backyard Jazz Club Birdland Goes Viral in Berkeley,” May 27, 2011




Redakcja, Maya 28, 2011

Berkeley’s Own Birdland Jazz,” Berkeley Patch, June 10th, 2011

Washing Machine Behind Jazzclub,” Swiss blog commentary of Birdland
“A New Bird at Birdland,” East Bay Express, July 13, 2011
Best After Hours Spot, Best of the East Bay 2011, East Bay Express, July 20, 2011 Jazzista Social Club: A Visionary Path To Diversity, Inclusion, And Community, July 26, 2011
Birdland Jazzista Social Club, July 27, 2011

City of Berkeley Close Popular Underground Jazz Club, August 2, 2011, KTVU “Birdland Jazzista Social Club May Be Shut Down For Good,” August 1, 2011 “Officials Close Popular Underground Berkeley Jazz Club, August 2, 2011 “Birdland Jazz finds a new home at Cafe Yesterday, August 26, 2011

Yelp Review(unequivocal 5 Star rating)

Jazz Night With New Friends,” June 19, 2012

2012 “End of an Era, Berkeley Rustic Birdhouses, Birdland Jazz,”

2013: “Berkeley’s Birdland Winds Down,” Birdman Bound for Plane to Manila, March 20, 2013

The End of Quirky, ” May 12, 2013

Birdland Donation Drive for Typhoon Yolanda” November 16, 2013


Birdland Jazzista Social Club Eyes an Oakland Nest By Paula Martersteck Wed, Mar 5, 2014

Birdland Jazzista Social Club Hopes to Establish an Oakland Music District By Paula Martersteck  Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Birdland Update: Official Launch Planned for July as Music District Takes Wing By Paula Martersteck Tue, Jun 3, 2014


Mayor Jean Quan on Oakland Music,” The Oakland Beat, April 27, 2014

Running the Voodoo Down: Ever wanted that story behind that cool underground music venue? The cat’s out of the bag at two of San Francisco Bay Area’s finest secret spots. July 2014 Micah Dubreuil

Birdman Jazzing Up Oakland Neighborhood, San Francisco Examiner, August 11, 2014

Can Birdland Take Flight in its Current Location? East Bay Express, September 3, 2014

 Help North Oakland Become the Next Music Destination, Bold Italic, Sept 22, 2014

Oakland’s Birdland Wants to Create a Sanctioned Music District,” Sept 22, 2014

Birdland Jazzista Social Club-Reborn, ” September 27, 2014