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Trumpet section of the Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy with special guest Doc Severinsen. From left,  Louis Fasman, Steffen Kuehn, Doc Severinsen, Niel Levonius and Dave Len Scott.

Kudos to Studio Trumpet instructor Dave Len Scott who spent the summer of 2014 playing with drummer Tommy Igoe's Groove Conspiracy at Yoshi’s in San Francisco. The engagement, touted as the most popular weekly music event in the city, culminated in the recording of the Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy CD, released on September 23.

“Tommy’s tough. He has that New York vibe,” says Dave. “It’s like a breath of fresh air.” The group that Igoe – winner of this year’s Modern Drummer Readers Poll – calls  “a rock band in a jazz band’s body” features such veteran players as Tom Politzer on tenor sax (Tower of Power); Marc Russo, alto sax (Aretha Franklin, Doobie Brothers); Chrissi Poland, vocals (Sting, Nile Rogers); Drew Zingg, guitar (Steely Dan); Karl Perazzo, percussion (Santana)  and Tony Linsday, vocals (Santana).

Dave recalls one of the highlights of the experience when the "phenomenal" Doc Severinsen joined the band for an exclusive performance at SF JAZZ. The 87-year-old, Grammy-winning trumpeter formerly with Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show practices hours every day, Dave said.

Check out the Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy here – Dave’s on at :34!

A sabbatical of composing

Department chair and composer Brian S. Wilson spent a month in San Ramon, Costa Rica, as composer in residence at the town El Sistema music school, where the local fruit inspired him to write Guanabana, premiered by the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Read the full story here.


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