Jazz Festival Brings Together Students and Mentors

facjazzhornline.jpgImagine spending a day away from your high school, performing jazz with your friends and being coached by a lead player on your instrument. That is the goal of the second annual Sonoma State Jazz Day taking place on November 13 at the Green Music Center.

"Students get the opportunity to make big improvements in their playing in a short amount of time," said Jazz Studies director Doug Leibinger. Every player will receive a master class on his or her instrument before performing with their ensemble for other participants on the stage of Weill Hall. At least five participating jazz ensembles will be present, Leibinger said.

A closing concert by the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to the Mel Graves Fund for the SSU Jazz Studies program.

The SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble is co-led by Doug Leibinger and George Marsh and includes Kasey Knudsen, saxophone; Dave Scott, trumpet; Doug Leibinger, trombone; Randy Vincent, guitar; Ken Cook, piano; Cliff Hugo, bass; George Marsh, drums; and Will Johnson, prepared piano.

The clinics and performances are free and open to the public. For information call the Department of Music at (707) 664-2324 or email leibinge@sonoma.edu.

Weill Hall at the Green Music Center is located at the north campus entrance off Rohnert Park Expressway. Park in Lots O and L.

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