OCTOBER 14 - 17
Doug Leibinger, program director

All events take place at the Green Music Center's Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall.

Latin Band and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble
Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall

Bay Area percussionist Kendrick Freeman leads these two bands that focus on a particular aspect of jazz. Latin Band draws on the styles, rhythms and concepts found in music from the Caribbean, Brazil and Haiti, delivered with an improviser’s sensibility. Contemporary Jazz Ensemble plays music from current jazz composers. Proceeds go to the Mel Graves fund.



Jazz Orchestra with The Jeff Denson Trio featuring Lee Konitz
Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall

Lee Konitz (born October 13, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American jazz composer and saxophone player. Konitz is sometimes regarded as the preeminent cool jazz saxophonist, because he performed and recorded with Claude Thornhill, Lennie Tristano (both often cited as important cool jazz proponents of the mid 1940s), and with Miles Davis’ on his epochal Birth of the Cool, which gave the form its name.

After more than a decade as a co-leader of the internationally acclaimed trio Minsarah, Jeff Denson is forging into new territory with his new trio featuring 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.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Mel Graves fund. Can't make it to the concert? Check out the Jeff Denson Trio with Lee Konitz earlier the same day at the Jazz Forum.

Jeff Denson Trio


Jazz Day
Friday, October 17
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall

The annual Jazz Day at Sonoma State, hosted by Jazz Studies Program Director Doug Leibinger, brings invited high school jazz players from throughout the North Bay to perform for and interact with members of the SSU Jazz faculty in Weill Hall. Family and friends are welcome to stay and listen. For a schedule call the music office at 707-664-2324 or email dolores.bainter@sonoma.edu

Admission is free, however the $5 parking fee is in effect.


Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Friday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall

Jazz Day closes with a 7:30 p.m. performance by the Faculty Jazz Ensemble co-led by Doug Leibinger and George Marsh and featuring Kasey Knudsen, saxophone; Dave Len Scott, trumpet; Doug Leibinger, trombone; Randy Vincent, guitar; Ken Cook, piano; Will Johnson, prepared piano; Cliff Hugo, bass; and George Marsh, drums. Proceeds go to the Mel Graves fund. Call 707-664-2324 for details.



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