News Release - March 13, 2013

Sonoma State’s Jazz Orchestra Dreams of Debris



Building on the excitement of last month’s visit by Matt Wilson and Arts & Crafts, the SSU jazz program is gearing up for another round of shows and visiting artists. Program Director Doug Leibinger has even found the time to write a new big band number called “I Dream of Debris,” to receive its North Bay premiere on April 12.


Wednesday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. GMC 1029   

Jazz Forum: Shawn Baltazor (Part of New Music Festival)
Drummer/composer Shawn Baltazor and bassist Kermit Driscoll truly represent the cutting edge of jazz in the new century. Catch them for a lively free discussion, then hear them perform on Friday's concert.

  • Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Weill Hall   *               

Faculty Composer’s Concert: Twinge (Part of New Music Festival)
Doug Leibinger leads the SSU Jazz Orchestra in the Bay Area premiere of his “I Dream of Debris,” plus a big band work by SRJC composer Mark Anderman.  Members of the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble will play pieces by George Marsh and Randy Vincent.  

  • Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. Weill Hall *

            SSU Jazz Orchestra, Classic Jazz Ensemble and Post-Bop Ensemble
Three SSU jazz groups bring a diverse repertoire to Weill Hall: "K Flat and the Jazz Moles," "Quicksilver Jazz Messenger Service" and the SSU Jazz Orchestra. We will also announce and hear from the winners of the first annual Sonoma State/Belgorod, Russia Jazz Improvisation Contest.

  • Tuesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. Weill Hall

SSU Latin Band and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble
Celebrate International Jazz Day with the SSU Latin Band, directed by Kendrick Freeman, and the SSU Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, directed by Doug Leibinger. Free

  • Wednesday, May 1, 1:00 p.m. GMC 1029

Jazz Forum: Ted Shafer’s Jelly Roll Jazz Band
Banjoist Ted Shafer formed this band in 1959 to emulate the sound of Joe Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. Five years later, he founded the Merry Makers Record Company, which has had over 30 releases to date. This is a great opportunity to catch some traditional jazz from a group that's been doing it for over 50 years! Free

* Tickets are $10-$15 and available online at  To speak with a box office representative call 707-664-2353 weekdays between 2-5 p.m. 

Weill Hall at the Green Music Center is located at the north campus entrance off Rohnert Park Expressway. Parking is $5 and is available in Lots O and L. GMC 1029 is located in Music Education Hall at the Green Music Center. The nearest parking is in Lot L.


Media Contact:

Ruth E. Wilson
Lecturer in Horn
Music Department Publicity
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928