|SSU announces latest jazz series
Fresh off the well-received visit by Matt Wilson and Arts & Crafts, the Sonoma State University jazz program is gearing for another round of shows and visiting artists. Program director Doug Leibinger has found the time to write a new big band number called “I Dream of Debris,” to receive its North Bay premiere on April 12.
The series includes:
• Jazz Forum: Shawn Baltazor (Part of New Music Festival), April 10, 1 p.m., GMC 1029: Drummer/composer Shawn Baltazor and bassist Kermit Driscoll represent the cutting edge of jazz in the new century. Catch them for a free discussion, then hear them perform on Friday's concert.
• Faculty Composer’s Concert: Twinge (Part of New Music Festival), April 12, 7:30 p.m., Weill Hall: Leibinger leads the SSU Jazz Orchestra in the Bay Area premiere of his “I Dream of Debris,” plus a big band work by SRJC composer Mark Anderman. Members of the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble will play pieces by George Marsh and Randy Vincent.
• SSU Jazz Orchestra, Classic Jazz Ensemble and Post-Bop Ensemble, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Weill Hall: Three SSU jazz groups bring a diverse repertoire to Weill Hall, including "K Flat and the Jazz Moles," "Quicksilver Jazz Messenger Service" and the SSU Jazz Orchestra. The winners of the first annual Sonoma State/Belgorod, Russia Jazz Improvisation Contest will be announced and will perform.
• SSU Latin Band and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Weill Hall: International Jazz Day will feature the SSU Latin Band, directed by Kendrick Freeman, and the SSU Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, directed by Leibinger. Free.
• Jazz Forum: Ted Shafer’s Jelly Roll Jazz Band, May 1, 1 p.m., GMC 1029: Banjoist Ted Schafer 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 more than 30 releases to date. Free.
Admission for ticketed events in Weill Hall are $10-$15 and available online at www.sonoma.edu/music/performances.