Jazz Forum Spring 2014

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

Admission is free. Limited seating available on a first-come, first serve basis

Wednesday, January 29
The Schimscheimer Family Trio

The Schimscheimer Family Trio, featuring SSU saxophone instructor Kasey Knudsen, keyboardist Michael Coleman, and drummer Jon Arkin, composes and improvises collectively. The music falls somewhere between chamber jazz and 20th century classical music and owes as much to Jimmy Giuffre and Paul Bley as it does to Milton Babbitt and Conlon Nancarrow. Make sure you catch this cutting-edge Bay Area group in a rare Sonoma County appearance!

Wednesday, February 19
Mic Gillette

Spend an afternoon with one of the founding members of the legendary Tower of Power! Mic will talk about his career playing with not only TOP, but a who's who of rock royalty. Currently, Mic has been recording and performing with his own group, MGB, and giving back to the community through his "Music in the Schools" program. This is his first SSU jazz forum appearance.


Wednesday, February 26
Nicole Yarling

South Florida violinist/vocalist/educator Nicole Yarling appears at jazz forum as part of her week-long residency at the SSU Department of Music. Nicole's diverse career spans stints with Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Buffett, and Joe Williams, who took her under his wing, and ended up doing his last recording with her. Nicole is also on the faculties of Florida Memorial University and the University of Miami, and performs with a wide array of South Florida musicians, including Ira Sullivan, Iko-Iko, Diane Ward, and many others. Make sure you catch this free clinic and warm-up for her concert Thursday, Feb 27 with SSU Combos and Jazz Orchestra!

Get Tickets here for Feb. 27


Wednesday, March 26
SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

The supremely talented SSU Jazz Faculty take on standards, originals and free playing. The future of jazz is now!


Matt Slocum

Wednesday, April 2
Bonnie Brooks

SSU voice instructor Bonnie Brooks sings at jazz forum accompanied by faculty members Ken Cook, piano; Cliff Hugo, bass; and Kendrick Freeman, drums. Bonnie is a versatile mezzo-soprano who crosses the boundaries of classical, cabaret, musical theater and jazz - when she sings a song, she owns it!


Matt Slocum


Wednesday April 23
Reggie Carson

Reggie Carson is a veteran bassist and SSU jazz program alumnus who currently performs with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra. He has performed with a diverse array of artists, including Percy Sledge, Dr. John, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, and many more; you can find him on records by Melissa Manchester, Keb Mo, & Shemekia Copeland, just to name a few. This is his first jazz forum appearance.

Matt Slocum

Wednesday April 30
Scott Jeppesen

Saxophonist-composer-arranger Scott Jeppesen is an active player on the Los Angeles jazz scene who has performed as a sideman with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Manhattan Transfer, Dave Brubeck, Al Jarreau and James Moody. He has also composed and arranged for Steve Miller, Ramsey Lewis, Natalie Cole, Ruben Studdard, Dave Koz, Ledisi and Monica Mancini, to name a few. His debut CD as a leader, El Guapo, featuring trumpeter John Daversa, guitarist Larry Koonse, pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Dave Robaire and drummer Dan Schnelle has garnered considerable critical acclaim since its release last fall.

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 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 $5 daily and may be obtained from the self-dispenser at each parking lot entrance, or from the Information kiosks at campus entrances. Parking charges are in effect for free events at all venues.
For directions see:

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