Jazz Forum Fall 2012

Wednesdays at 1!
1:00 p.m.
GMC 1029
Doug Leibinger, program director

Jazz Forum at SSU is a unique performance/master class designed to expose jazz majors and guests to a wide variety of jazz styles. Guest musicians perform their music with commentary in a relaxed atmosphere. Info: leibinge@sonoma.edu

limited seating available on a first-come, first serve basis

Wednesday, September 5
Jeff Denson Quartet featuring Ralph Alessi

Bassist Jeff Denson performed at SSU three years ago with the legendary Lee Konitz. Now he returns leading a stellar quartet featuring trumpeter/composer Ralph Alessi, pianist Florian Weber, and drummer Gerald Cleaver.

The group will also perform a concert the same evening in GMC 1028 at 7:30 – proceeds will benefit the Mel Graves Memorial Fund.

There is a suggested donation of $15 for the evening concert.

Wednesday, September 19
Louis Romanos Jazz Quartet

After playing in his high school jazz band with Brad Mehldau and Joel Frahm, drummer and composer Louis Romanos moved to New Orleans to study music and philosophy. There he performed with a wide variety of artists including Chuck Leavell, Al Hirt and Stanton Moore, and founded the electronica band Permagrin. The Louis Romanos Jazz Quartet rose from the desire to realize his compositions that lent themselves to the jazz idiom.

Wednesday, September 26
Jazz in the style of Funk

SSU bass instructor Cliff Hugo has performed and recorded with an amazingly diverse roster of artists, including Ray Charles, Solomon Burke and Neil Peart. He is currently a member of the legendary art-rock group, Supertramp. He joins SSU Latin Band director and drummer extraordinaire Kendrick Freeman to extoll the virtues of FUNK. Bring your axe to this interactive forum!

Wednesday, October 3
SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

The SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble, co-led by drum instructor George Marsh and program director Doug Leibinger, explores the lines where free improvisatory music and jazz intersect. The group uses improvisatory games and schema to inform and augment standard jazz tunes and original compositions. The future of jazz is NOW!


Wednesday, October 17
Tyler Blanton

A native of California & SSU Jazz Program Alumnus, Jazz Vibraphonist and Composer Tyler Blanton has been welcomed in the New York Jazz scene as a major new musical voice of his generation. Blanton’s original modern jazz compositions imbue a deep sense of swing and melodicism furthered by his improvisational prowess which is rooted in the tradition, but always stretching in the moment. His debut album, Botanic, released in fall of 2010 featured a cast of brilliant young musicians; Saxophonist Joel Frahm (Nora Jones, Kurt Rosenwinkle) and drummer Richie Barshay (Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding) among them. Upon its release, Botanic garnered considerable notice from fans and critics, being nominated for Best Debut of 2010 by Village Voice Critics Poll, and added to the top 10 albums of the year by Hot House magazine. Blanton’s colleagues and band mates consist of some brightest musical voices of his generation. He has shared the stage with Matt Wilson, Seamus Blake, and Donny McCaslin, to name a few. His music was described by Jazz journalist Mark Keresman of Jazz Inside NY as "something of a semi-rarity these days - engaging, unpredictable, easy on the ear, relaxing music of considerable substance."

chris Wahid

Wednesday, October 24
Jared Gold Trio featuring Sylvia Cuenca

Two of New York City's finest players, organist Jared Gold and drummer Sylvia Cuenca, return to SSU jazz forum for a masterclass entitled "How to Approach Arranging Standards." Tired of playing the same old tunes the same way every time? Freshen them up with some new ideas! Jazz Harmony & Arranging I students especially take note! Jared Gold is a versatile master of the Hammond B3 organ who has caught the attention of such veteran notables as Dave Stryker, Oliver Lake, Adam Nussbaum & John Abercrombie. Sylvia Cuenca is a San Jose native who has become a fixture on the New York scene; she is a regular member of Clark Terry’s quintet and has toured extensively with Joe Henderson.


Wednesdays remaining
Faculty and Students of the Jazz Program

Jazz Forums continue the remainder of the semester with SSU Jazz faculty coaching student groups.

Matt Slocum

Getting There

GMC 1029 is in Music Education Hall adjacent to the Green Music Center. Enter campus from Rohnert Park Expressway, proceed past the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, turn right into Parking Lot L, and go up the stairs to the double glass doors. 

Parking passes are $2.50 for the day and may be obtained from the self-dispenser at the lot entrance, or from the Information booths at the campus entrances. Parking is free on weekends beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.

Download Parking Map for more information