Jazz Forum Spring 2012
Wednesdays at 1!
Doug Leibinger, program director
Jazz Forum at SSU is a unique performance/master class designed to expose jazz majors and guests to a wide variety of jazz styles. Guest musicians perform their music with commentary in a relaxed atmosphere. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, January 18
Erik Jekabson Quartet
Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Erik has two CDs out as a leader: his most recent solo album “Crescent Boulevard”, released in 2010 on his own Jekab’s Music label, and “Intersection”, which was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label. He will be joined by Bay Area greats Mike Abraham on guitar, John Wiitala on bass and Smith Dobson on drums.
Wednesday, February 1
Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill
Singer Wesla Whitfield inhabits that indeterminate zone where jazz and cabaret meet. Trained in classical music and opera, Whitfield has toiled for more than three decades to become one of the most gifted performers breathing life into that exquisite body of Broadway tunes, movie songs and Hit Parade numbers known collectively as the Great American Songbook. She appears at SSU with her husband/accompanist Mike Greensill for a special forum in Warren Auditorium.
Wednesday, February 8
The Holly Martins
The Holly Martins (named after the main character in the classic postwar film, The Third Man) is a trio of Bay Area musicians dedicated to exploring the boundaries of jazz-infused improvised music, but without the trappings of a traditional "rhythm section". This configuration requires each individual to simultaneously take on multiple roles typically assigned individual players (soloist versus accompanist), thereby promoting more open-ended explorations of the material. The trio features SSU saxophone instructor Kasey Knudsen, along with guitarist Eric Vogler and vocalist Lorin Benedict.
Wednesday, February 22
Spring 2012 SSU jazz artist-in-residence Ron Dziubla performs with students and faculty on this special forum. Ron is a genre-breaking multi-instrumentalist, composer & educator. He is a fixture on the Los Angeles blues scene; he has toured with such high-profile acts as Ricky Martin, Duane Eddy, Royal Crown Revue, and Chayanne; and his music has been featured on many soundtracks and television shows. He has three critically acclaimed saxophone-driven instrumental CDs under his belt – his latest, “Ron Dziubla’s Nasty Habit,” was released last fall.
Wednesday, February 29
John Stowell/Mike Zilber Quartet/Trio
Veteran guitarist John Stowell is known for his groundbreaking duets with David Friesen and tours of Russia with Paul Horn; saxophonist Michael Zilber is known for his touring with Dave Liebman and Steve Smith and his work at the Berkeley Jazzschool. They join forces the Bay Area’s #1 call rhythm team of John Shifflett (bass) and Jason Lewis (drums) to mix free playing, transparent ECMish settings and more hard-charging modern jazz.
Wednesday, April 18
US Army Jazz Ambassadors
This forum will feature members of The United States Army Field Band, the Army's premier touring jazz orchestra. The Ambassadors Jazztet of The United States Army Field Band was developed in the legendary style of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Members of the Jazztet will combine with the Jazz Ambassadors Dixie group to perform at the 1:00 Jazz Forum. Immediately afterward, the SSU Jazz Orchestra will perform and receive comments from the members of the Ambassadors.
Wednesday, May 2
Ruzsa Nikolic-Lakatos and her Romani Ensemble
Ruzsa Nikolic-Lakatos and her Romani Ensemble will perform followed by a question-answer/clinic/masterclass. This is being presented in conjunction with the Modern Languages and Literatures department - in collaboration with Prof. Michaela Grobbel.
Wednesdays in March and April
Faculty and Students of the Jazz Program
Jazz Forums continue the remainder of the semester with SSU Jazz faculty coaching student groups.
GMC 1029 is in Music Education Hall adjacent to the Green Music Center. Enter campus from Rohnert Park Expressway, proceed past the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, turn right into Parking Lot L, and go up the stairs to the double glass doors.
Parking passes are $2.50 for the day and may be obtained from the self-dispenser at the lot entrance, or from the Information booths at the campus entrances. Parking is free on weekends beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.