News Release - September 20, 2013

Big Band Concert to Feature Student Works


Jazz Studies majors will get the opportunity to hear their original arrangements for big band performed at Sonoma State University’s Jazz Orchestra concert led by Doug Leibinger on Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall.

Sharing the billing with the eighteen-piece Jazz Orchestra will be SSU’s Latin Band led by Kendrick Freeman, playing traditional music from Haiti, Medianoche by former Brecker Brothers pianist Don Grolnick, Lugar Comum, the 1975 hit collaboration by Joao Donato and Gilberto Gil, and Pro Zeca by the late Brazilian jazz saxophonist Victor Brasil.

Program

Jazz Orchestra, Doug Leibinger, director
Selected works for big band by SSU Jazz Studies majors

Latin Band, Kendrick Freeman, director
Jimmy Van Heusen: I Thought About You
Don Grolnick: Medianoche
Haitian traditional: Kongo
Joao Donato and Gilberto Gil: Lugar Comum
Victor Brasil: Pro Zeca


Tickets are $10-$15 and parking is included. To buy tickets online visit http://www.sonoma.edu/music/performances/. Weill Hall at the Green Music Center is located at the north campus entrance off Rohnert Park Expressway. Park in Lots O and L.

 

 

Links

http://www.sonoma.edu/music/majors-programs/jazz.html

http://www.youtube.com/user/SSUJazz


 

CLASSIC JAZZ ENSEMBLE, BEBOP ENSEMBLE & FUNK/FUSION ENSEMBLE
Doug Leibinger and Kasey Knudsen, directors
Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., Warren Auditorium
Journey through the history of America's unique art form, jazz, with SSU's three jazz combos. The Classic Jazz Ensemble hones their skills by performing tunes that have become considered "standard" repertoire over the last century. Bebop Ensemble focuses on the giants of the formative years of modern jazz - Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Tadd Dameron, and many others. The Funk/Fusion Ensemble explores the intersection of jazz & rock that evolved from the late 60's through the present day.
Free

JAZZ ORCHESTRA AND LATIN BAND *
Doug Leibinger and Kendrick Freeman, directors
Thursday, October 17, 7:30 p.m. Weill Hall
On their first concert of the semester, the 18-piece SSU Jazz Orchestra will feature original arrangements and compositions by SSU jazz program majors. The SSU Latin Band continues this semester with some traditional music from Haiti, and compositions by Joao Donato, Don Grolnick, Victor Brasil and others.
$15 general; $12 SSU faculty, alumni and staff; $10 seniors & students; SSU students Free w/ID

2ND ANNUAL SSU JAZZ DAY
Doug Leibinger, host

Wednesday, November 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Weill Hall
High school jazz players from throughout the North Bay will perform for and interact with seasoned jazz educators throughout the day. Open to the public. Daily parking is $5.
Free

SPECIAL JAZZ EVENT
SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m. Weill Hall
The 2nd Annual SSU Jazz Day ends with a performance by the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble co-led by Doug Leibinger and George Marsh. Featuring Kasey Knudsen, saxophone; Dave Scott, trumpet; Doug Leibinger, trombone; Randy Vincent, guitar; Ken Cook, piano; Cliff Hugo, bass; George Marsh, drums; Will Johnson, prepared piano. All proceeds go to the Mel Graves Fund to benefit the SSU Jazz Studies program.
$15 suggested donation to benefit the Mel Graves Fund

JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Doug Leibinger, director
Sunday, November 17, 2:00 p.m. Church of the Roses
Join the SSU Jazz Orchestra for their culminating fall concert at a special venue, the Presbyterian Church of the Roses in Santa Rosa. The band will focus on the "swingingest" music from the 30s to the present day. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted with proceeds benefitting the Mel Graves Fund.
Church of the Roses, 2500 Patio Court, Santa Rosa
Free

BRASS ENSEMBLE, CLASSIC JAZZ ENSEMBLE & LATIN BAND
Ruth Wilson, Doug Leibinger and Kendrick Freeman, directors
Sunday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. Weill Hall
Redefine your concept of bands with horns! The 16-member SSU Brass Ensemble plays original works for symphonic brass – six trumpets, four horns, four trombones and tuba – and percussion. The Classic Jazz Ensemble will contribute an eclectic jazz repertoire to this eclectic concert and Latin Band continues with Haitian traditional music and compositions by Hermeto Pascoal, Don Grolnick and Victor Brasil.
Free

BEBOP ENSEMBLE, FUNK/FUSION ENSEMBLE & ROCK COLLEGIUM
Kasey Knudsen, Doug Leibinger and John Palmer, directors
Monday, November 25, 7:30 p.m. Weill Hall
Right before your ears you will witness the evolution of styles from modern jazz through fusion to art rock on this eclectic concert.
Free

CMEA JAZZ FESTIVAL
Andy Collinsworth, host
Friday, Jan 31, all day Weill Hall
Middle and high school jazz bands perform for and receive clinics from seasoned jazz performer-educators. Open to the public. Daily parking is $5.


 

 

Media Contact

Ruth Wilson
Lecturer in Horn
Music Department Publicity
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
ruth.wilson@sonoma.edu
707-664-3483