Wednesdays @ 1 Jazz Forums Resume at SSU

Jazz guitarist John Stowell, the sax-and-bass duo of Dayna Stephens and Jeff Denson, and drummer Shawn Baltazor will be guests at Sonoma State University's Jazz Forum held in the Green Music Center Music Education Department.

The sessions are open to the public at no charge. Seating is limited. For information contact Jazz Studies Director, Doug Leibinger at

February 27 - John Stowell
1 p.m. GMC 1029

The incredible jazz guitarist John Stowell returns to SSU Jazz Forum, this time in a quartet featuring SSU Jazz Faculty Randy Vincent, guitar; Cliff Hugo, bass; and George Marsh, drums. Stowell has regularly performed as a duo with bassist David Friesen for the last 30 years, and was featured in a groundbreaking tour of Russia with Paul Horn in 1983. Perhaps Larry Coryell put it best, "John Stowell plays jazz, but he doesn't use any of the clichés; he has an incredible originality. John is a master creator."

March 6 - Dayna Stephens & Jeff Denson
1 p.m. GMC 1029

Rising star saxophonist Dayna Stephens makes his SSU jazz forum debut in a duo with bassist and friend of the program, Jeff Denson. Bay Area native Stephens' debut CD, The Timeless Now,features legends John Scofield, Taylor Eigsti, Ben Street, Eric Harland, and Nick Vayenas, and has won much significant critical acclaim since its release in 2007. Jeff Denson gave us a taste of his new CD, The Secret World, in a spectacular concert last semester at SSU. Don't miss this meeting of two of the most creative minds on the scene today!

April 10 - Shawn Baltazor
1 p.m. GMC 1029

NYC-based drummer/composer and Bay Area native Shawn Baltazor also makes his jazz forum debut this semester. His group will feature Kermit Driscoll, who regularly performs and records as a member of both Bill Frisell's and John Hollenbeck's groups. These guys truly represent the cutting edge of jazz in the new century.

Enter campus from Rohnert Park Expressway, proceed past the Joan and
Sanford I. Weill Hall, turn right into Parking Lot L. Parking is $5.

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