The Sonoma State University Jazz Forum kicks off the fall semester on Wednesday, Sept. 5 with a very special, double appearance by bassist and composer Jeff Denson and his quartet. Denson, a member of the Lee Konitz New Quartet, will bring the band for his acclaimed "Secret World" CD to the 1 p.m. Jazz Forum in GMC 1029, followed by an evening concert at 7:30 p.m. in GMC 1028. There is a suggested donation of $15 for the evening concert. Proceeds will benefit the Mel Graves Memorial Fund.
Jeff Denson is a world renowned double bassist and composer who has performed in many of the world's top jazz festivals including the Berlin Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival Paris and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Denson says, "As the bandleader of this quartet, "Secret World," I composed and arranged all of the music for this album and sought out musicians whom I thought would be best suited for the music I heard in my head. The band features trumpeter/composer Ralph Alessi, pianist Florian Weber, and drummer Gerald Cleaver.
The Jazz Forum at SSU is a weekly performance and master class designed to expose jazz majors and guests to a wide variety of jazz styles. Organized by Jazz Studies director Doug Leibinger, the forum gives musicians a chance to perform and talk about their music in a relaxed atmosphere. The Jazz Forum is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Also coming to Jazz Forum will be:
· September 19 - Louis Romanos Jazz Quartet
· September 26 - Cliff Hugo on Jazz in the style of Funk
· October 3 - SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble
· October 17 - Tyler Blanton
· October 24 - Jared Gold Trio featuring Sylvia Cuenca