Jazz Forum Fall 2013

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 4
Nick Grinder and Juanma Trujillo

Trombonist and composer Nick Grinder is a native San Franciscan and an alumnus of the Marin School of the Arts and CSU Northridge. He recently moved to New York and found himself performing with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Alan Ferber & Arturo Sandoval, to name a few. For the opening jazz forum of Fall 2013, he teams up with his former CSU classmate Juanma Trujillo to showcase their diverse compositions.



Wednesday, September 11
John Fedchock

John Fedchock is simply one of the most amazing trombonists alive today. He served as lead trombonist, musical director and arranger for Woody Herman’s “Thundering Herd” in the 80’s. Today he leads his own critically acclaimed “New York Big Band” and “NY Sextet,” and is a regular on the Downbeat readers’ and critics’ polls. Make sure you catch this in-demand player and educator on his first SSU jazz forum appearance.

This program has been made possible through a grant from XOxo logo
and The Magic Flute

Wednesday, September 18
Back by popular demand!
Cliff Hugo on Jazz in the Style of Funk

Join veteran bassist Cliff Hugo, along with SSU Faculty Ken Cook, Kendrick Freeman, Dave Scott and Doug Leibinger for the second installment of “Jazz in the Style of Funk.” Last year’s forum was such a hit, we’re going to funk it up again! Any jazz tune can be funky!


Wednesday, September 25
Julian Pollack Trio

At age 25, Julian Pollack is truly one of the young lions of the jazz scene. Another Bay Area native that moved to New York City, he has played with John Scofield, Miguel Zenon, Ari Hoenig, George Garzone and many others, amassing heaps of awards and critical acclaim along the way. He appears at SSU jazz forum with his trio in support of their new CD, Waves of Albion.


Wednesday, October 2
Matt Slocum Trio featuring Marcus Shelby & Adam Birnbaum

For his second SSU forum appearance, drummer and composer Matt Slocum rounds out his creative trio with prolific bassist & composer Marcus Shelby and the prodigious Adam Birnbaum on piano. Individually, they have performed with a veritable who’s who of the jazz world; collectively, they’re going to knock your socks off. Don’t miss this one – fireworks guaranteed!


Matt Slocum

Wednesday, October 23
Kathy Kosins

Vocalist Kathy Kosins is a true multiple threat. She began her career singing with the legendary Was/Not Was in the 80s. Since then, she has not only become a sought-after jazz singer; she is an award-winning composer, arranger, educator and accomplished painter! She is joined on her first SSU jazz forum appearance with local legends Keith Saunders, piano; John Wittala, bass; & Akira Tana, drums.


Matt Slocum

Wednesday, October 30
SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

The 8-piece SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble brings over 300 years of combined musical experience to an intersection of jazz and free improvisation. The group is co-led by longtime SSU drum instructor George Marsh and jazz program director Doug Leibinger; it features SSU faculty Dave Scott, trumpet; Kasey Knudsen, saxophone; Ken Cook, piano; Randy Vincent, guitar; Cliff Hugo, bass; and Will Johnson, prepared piano & electronics.


Matt Slocum

Wednesday, November 20
Jim Snidero

Jim Snidero has played with the upper echelon of jazz for over 30 years – artists like Brother Jack McDuff, The Mingus Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Sinatra & Sting to name a few. He has also become one of the most respected jazz educators in the world – for his first jazz forum appearance, Snidero will discuss his “Jazz Conception Company,” a series of groundbreaking multimedia educational tools for jazz students & teachers.


Matt Slocum


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 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. 


Effective January 1, 2013, parking permits will be required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in all general, reserved and housing parking lots. Additionally, the daily rate for general parking permits will increase from $2.50 per day to $5 per day. The reserved parking daily rate will increase from $5 per day to $8.
Student, faculty and staff semester permits will not increase in price.
For more information see:

Download Parking Map for more information