Jazz Forum Spring 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, February 27
John Stowell

The incredible jazz guitarist John Stowell returns to SSU Jazz Forum, this time in a quartet featuring SSU Jazz Faculty Randy Vincent, Cliff Hugo and George Marsh. Stowell has regularly performed as a duo with bassist David Friesen for the last 30 years, and was featured in a groundbreaking tour of Russia with Paul Horn in 1983. Perhaps Larry Coryell put it best - "John Stowell plays jazz, but he doesn’t use any of the clichés; he has an incredible originality. John is a master creator." Fireworks are guaranteed!


Wednesday, March 6
Dayna Stephens & Jeff Denson


Rising star saxophonist Dayna Stephens makes his SSU jazz forum debut in a duo with bassist and friend of the program, Jeff Denson. Bay Area native Stephens' debut CD, "The Timeless Now," features legends John Scofield, Taylor Eigsti, Ben Street, Eric Harland, and Nick Vayenas, and has won much significant critical acclaim since its release in 2007. Jeff Denson gave us a taste of his new CD, "The Secret World," in a spectacular concert last semester at SSU. Don't miss this meeting of two of the most creative minds on the scene today!

Wednesday, April 10
Shawn Baltazor

NYC-based drummer/composer and Bay Area native Shawn Baltazor also makes his jazz forum debut this semester. His group will feature Kermit Driscoll, who regularly performs and records as a member of both Bill Frisell's and John Hollenbeck's groups. These guys truly represent the cutting edge of jazz in the new century!

Wednesday, May 1
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!

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.
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