Jazz Forum Spring 2018

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

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


Wednesday, January 24

Welcome Back & What's Up Day


Matt Slocum

Wednesday, January 31
Danielle Wertz

Jazz vocalist Danielle Wertz was named one of eleven semi-finalists in the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, and was flown to Los Angeles, California to perform in front of Luciana Souza, Al Jarreau, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patti Austin, and Freddy Cole. Most recently she took second place in the 2017 Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition, and third place in the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition. A resident of Oakland, CA, Wertz holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, and studied under the direction of Dr. Kate Reid.

Matt Slocum

Wednesday, February 7
John Stowell and Mike Zilber

John Stowell is a unique jazz guitarist influenced as much by pianists and horn players as he is by guitarists. His original take on harmony, chords and improvisation sets him apart. Stowell has taught internationally for over 40 years in every educational setting, and his clinics are informal, hands-on and informative.

Mike Zilber, called one of the true masters of modern jazz saxophone, has performed and/or recorded with many jazz luminaries over the years, from Liebman to Miroslav Vitous, Mike Clark, Steve Smith and Bob Berg. Zilber's work with John Stowell goes back a decade, and their 2016 Basement Blues was hailed by All About Jazz’s Dan McClenaghan “as compelling and modernistic as any group out there.”

Matt Slocum

Wednesday, February 14

No Jazz Forum

Matt Slocum

Wednesday, February 21
Ricardo Peixoto

Ricardo Peixoto’s fluid melodic sense and original harmonic approach place him at the forefront of Brazilian guitar in the world today. An inspired improviser with a keen compositional sense, Ricardo’s unique and eloquent style evokes images far beyond his Brazilian territory. Whether playing classical or electric guitars, Brazilian 7-string, 12 string, octave guitar, cavaquinho, or tenor banjo, Ricardo’s music combines rich melodies, unusual harmonies, and the unmistakable rhythms of Brazil. In addition to his work as a performer and composer, Peixoto is also well respected for his work as a teacher and lecturer on Brazilian music.

Matt Slocum

Wednesday, February 28
SSU Bebop Ensemble
Eric Crystal, clinician

Saxophonist and composer Eric Crystal has been a mainstay of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene more than 25 years. An immensely innovative, versatile and melodic improviser, Crystal has been an integral part of the Boz Scaggs touring band since 2002. Playing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax, Crystal also plays keyboards, melodica, and acoustic and electric guitar.

Matt Slocum

Wednesday, March 7
Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Matt Slocum

Wednesday, March 14
Birth of the Cool Ensemble
Adam Theis, clinician

Adam Theis (pronounced "Thēese") is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, bandleader and composer based in Oakland, CA who plays trombone, trumpet, tuba, bass, keyboards and anything/everything else he can get his hands on. In 2000, Theis co-founded Jazz Mafia - an eclectic artist collective of some of the most forward thinking and accomplished players in the fields of Electro, Hip-Hop, World, Classical and of course, Jazz. He is also the Director of SFJAZZ's Monday Night Band, Director of the Truckee Jazz Camp, and winner of the Gerbode-Hewlett Foundation’s “Emerging Composer” Grant.

Matt Slocum

Wednesday, March 28
SSU Latin Band



Matt Slocum

Wednesday, April 4
Advising Convocation



Matt Slocum

Wednesday, April 11
David Berkman

Since moving to New York in 1985, pianist David Berkman has been an important part of the jazz community. He is an award-winning composer/bandleader (2000 Doris Duke/Chamber Music America New Works Creation and Presentation Grant), a recording artist whose nine recordings as a leader have appeared on numerous best records of the year critic’s lists (The New York Times, Village Voice, Downbeat, JazzIz, Jazz Times) and an award-winning jazz clinician who has performed and taught at numerous jazz camps, universities and conservatories around the United States, South America, Asia and Europe.


Matt Slocum

Wednesday, April 18
8th Blackbird Residency

Eighth Blackbird has been called “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group is known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists. Their residency includes an April 19 concert in Weill Hall.


Matt Slocum


Getting There

Green Music Center is located off Rohnert Park Espressway two miles east of Highway 101. Enter campus from Rohnert Park Expressway, park in Lot L and enter the Music Education building via the double glass doors. GMC 1029 is in the wing to the right. 


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