August 28, 2014

Concerts, Clinics and Jazz Forum with Lee Konitz Highlight Jazz Week '14

The Jazz Studies program at SSU is hosting a week of exciting jazz events in October that will take place in Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall.

First up on Tuesday, Oct. 14, is Latin Band and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, both led by Kendrick Freeman, at 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, legendary jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz makes two appearances with the Jeff Denson Trio — both in Weill Hall —

  • 1 p.m. Jazz Forum
  • 7:30 p.m. Concert

The Jazz Forum is free of charge and the evening concert is $8. Tickets are available online, at the SSU Student Center, and at the door. For more information call (707) 664-2324 or email

After more than a decade as a co-leader of the internationally acclaimed trio Minsarah, bassist Jeff Denson is forging into new territory with his trio that features Joshua White on piano and Jon Arkin on drums. Jeff has performed with Lee Konitz since 2007 and has been a member of Lee Konitz New Quartet, the only permanent group that the eminent saxophonist has ever led.  

Friday Oct. 17 is the daylong clinic-masterclass for invited high school jazz bands, led by Jazz Studies Director Doug Leibinger and the SSU jazz faculty. Clinics are free and open to the public. The evening concert featuring the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

Weill Hall at the Green Music Center is located at the north campus entrance at Rohnert Park Expressway near Petaluma Hill Road. Parking is available in Lots O and L. 


“One of the most individual of all altoists (and one of the few in the 1950s who did not sound like a cousin of Charlie Parker), the cool-toned Lee Konitz has always had a strong musical curiosity that has led him to consistently take chances and stretch himself, usually quite successfully.” Jazz writer Scott Yanow


Latin Band and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

SSU Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Denson Trio & Lee Konitz

SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Proceeds from all concerts will go to the Mel Graves Fund for Jazz Studies at SSU.

University Box Office 707-664-4246


Media Contact:

Ruth E. Wilson
Lecturer in Horn
Music Department Publicity
Sonoma State University
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