Jazz Forum Fall 2016

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, August 31
Howard Wiley, saxophone

San Francisco-East Bay saxophonist Howard Wiley will coach the SSU Ellington Ensemble.




Matt Slocum



Wednesday, September 14
Trevor Anderies Quintet

Resolve, innovation, and passion define the musical direction of drummer, percussionist and composer Trevor Anderies. Based in Los Angeles, California, Anderies performs locally and on the international scene with many groups including Slumgum, The Walsh Set Trio, The Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra, Dan Rosenboom, Neelamjit Dhillon, The Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble, and The Trevor Anderies Quintet. Amongst his many teachers have been Joe LaBarbara, Bennie Maupin, Art Lande, Randy Gloss, Paul Romaine, and Larry Koonse.

The Trevor Anderies Quintet is a new group formed with the goal not only realizing my music but creating a definitive group sound. This ensemble explores the lines between composition and improvisation, folk, jazz, and west African music. As a group we aim to showcase our personal stories through music, sound, and words.

Trevor Anderies - drums/compositions
Alina Roitstein - voice
Andrew Conrad - tenor saxophone/clarinet
Greg Uhlmann - guitar/pedals
Emilio Terranova - bass

Matt Slocum



Wednesday, September 21
Selvaganesh, George Brooks, Kai Eckhardt, & Osam Ezzeldin

An exhilarating blend of contemporary jazz and Indian classical music

V. Selvaganesh is an Indian percussionist working in the Carnatic tradition and one of the leading kanjira (south Indian frame drum) players of his generation. A prolific film composer, Selvaganesh gained world fame through tours with John McLaughlin's group, Remember Shakti. His father is Grammy-winning musician Vikku Vinayakram, a former member of the original Shakti.

Hailed as the “leading American voice in Indian jazz fusion”, saxophonist and composer, George Brooks has performed with such notable musicians as Terry Riley, John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Larry Coryell, Etta James, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Kronos Quartet, and Anthony Braxton. His original compositions combine elegant melodies with the rich harmonies of modern jazz and the driving rhythms of North India, forming a unique and wholly satisfying musical experience.

Kai Eckhardt is a Liberian/ German bassist and composer best known for his contribution to the John Mclaughlin Trio in the 80’s, Billy Cobham’s International Quartet in the 90’s and the band Garaj Mahal in the new Millennium. He has also recorded and performed with Trilok Gurtu, Stanley Clarke, Wayne Shorter, Patrice Rushen, Dewey Redman, George Brooks, Donald Byrd, Bela Fleck, Maria Joao, Dino Saluzzi, Sertab Erener, Palle Mikkelborg, Victor Wooten, Alphonse Mouzon, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Michael Franti, Larry Coryell, Warren Hill, Al Di Meola, Zakir Hussain, Steve Smith, John Scofield , Bill Frisell, Mike Stern and George Benson.

Piano/Keyboards/Composer/Arranger/Producer & Educator Osam Ezzeldin is an Egyptian-born American now residing in CA. He embarked on a journey of self-directed jazz study and began a rapid rise to excellence. His versatility makes him an especially valuable addition to a new generation of jazz virtuosos. Since his arrival in New York in 2000, Ezzledin's prodigious abilities at the piano, composing for Jazz ensembles, chamber orchestra, film, Jazz fusion, R&B, Afro-Cuban and arranging, have brought him international attention.

Matt Slocum

Wednesday, September 28

The duo known as Wahid is bound to a rich cultural history of ancient civilizations and melodies, incorporating instruments that were first documented on clay tablets and papyrus scrolls. By adding personal modern elements, a new style of music is created that looks to Byzantium and the Levant for melodic inspiration.

Wahid is a dialogue between two unique voices that brings together boundary-crossing approaches to composition and improvisation that defy genre. Chris and Dimitri have collaborated for over 15 years in world music and jazz contexts.

Dimitris Mahlis - oud and other string instruments
Chris Wabich - percussion


Matt Slocum

Wednesday, October 12
Erik Jekabson, guest clinician

Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students. Erik will clinic the SSU Bebop Ensemble.




Matt Slocum



Wednesday, November 9
Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio

The “Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio” is a up and coming group fronted by local San Diego drummer, trombonist and composer Matthew Smith. This dynamic trio will show you, the listener what it’s like inside a drummer’s head. Filled with Smith’s rhythmic compositions, the trio will push your polyrhytrymic mind to the limit from beat one.

Matthew Elton Smith - drums
Edward Kornhauser - piano
Mackenzie Leighton - bass

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.

The Spring schedule will be updated as artists are added.


Matt Slocum



Getting There

GMC 1029 is in Music Education Hall at the Green Music Center, located off Rohnert Park Espressway two miles east of Highway 101. Enter campus from Rohnert Park Expressway, proceed past the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, turn right into Parking Lot L, park and enter via the double glass doors. 


Parking passes are $5 daily and may be obtained from the parking machines at each parking lot entrance, or from the Information kiosks at campus entrances.
For directions see:

Download Parking Map for more information