Jazz Forum Hosts Living Legends, Rising Stars

mattslocum.pngThe Sonoma State University Jazz Forum continues to provide the community with free, close-up encounters with jazz artists working in a variety of styles this semester. Jazz Studies director Doug Leibinger moderates the series, now in its fourth year, running on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in GMC 1029.

Seating is available on a limited, first-come basis. For information, call 707-664-2324 or e-mail leibinge@sonoma.edu.

Upcoming events include:

Sept. 25 - Julian Pollack Trio, 1 p.m., GMC 1029
At age 25, Julian Pollack is truly one of the young lions of the jazz scene. Another Bay Area native that moved to New York City, he has played with John Scofield, Miguel Zenon, Ari Hoenig, George Garzone and many others, amassing heaps of awards and critical acclaim along the way. He appears at SSU jazz forum with his trio in support of their new CD, "Waves of Albion."

Oct. 2 - Matt Slocum Trio, Featuring Marcus Shelby and Adam Birnbaum, 1 p.m., GMC 1029

For his second SSU forum appearance, drummer and composer Matt Slocum rounds out his creative trio with prolific bassist and composer Marcus Shelby and the prodigious Adam Birnbaum on piano. Individually, they have performed with a veritable who's who of the jazz world.

Oct. 23 - Kathy Kosins, 1 p.m., GMC 1029

Vocalist Kathy Kosins is a true multiple threat. She began her career singing with the legendary Was/Not Was in the 80s. Since then, she has not only become a sought-after jazz singer; she is an award-winning composer, arranger, educator and accomplished painter! She is joined on her first SSU jazz forum appearance with local legends Ken Cook, piano; John Wittala, bass; and Akira Tana, drums.

Oct. 30 - SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble, 1 p.m., GMC 1029

The eight-piece SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble brings over 300 years of combined musical experience to an intersection of jazz and free improvisation. The group is co-led by longtime SSU drum instructor George Marsh and jazz program director Doug Leibinger; it features SSU faculty Dave Scott, trumpet; Kasey Knudsen, saxophone; Ken Cook, piano; Randy Vincent, guitar; Cliff Hugo, bass; and Will Johnson, prepared piano and electronics.

Nov. 20 - Jim Snidero, 1 p.m., GMC 1029

Jim Snidero has played with the upper echelon of jazz for over 30 years - artists like Brother Jack McDuff, The Mingus Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Sinatra and Sting to name a few. He has also become one of the most respected jazz educators in the world - for his first jazz forum appearance, Snidero will discuss his "Jazz Conception Company," a series of groundbreaking multimedia educational tools for jazz students and teachers.

GMC 1029 is in Music Education Hall adjacent to the Green Music Center located near the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road. Enter campus from Rohnert Park Expressway and park in Lot L. Parking is $5 daily.

Above, Matt Slocum

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