Students, mentors to come together for SSU Jazz Day
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The goal of the second annual Sonoma State University Jazz Day is to allow high school students to spend a day away from school to perform jazz with friends while being coached by a lead player on their selected instruments.

The event takes place at the Green Music Center on Nov. 13.

“Students get the opportunity to make big improvements in their playing in a short amount of time,” said SSU Jazz Studies director Doug Leibinger.  “Every player will receive a master class on his or her instrument before performing with their ensemble for other participants on the stage of Weill Hall. At least five participating jazz ensembles will be present.”

A closing concert by the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to the Mel Graves Fund for the SSU Jazz Studies program.

The SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble is co-led by Leibinger and George Marsh and includes Kasey Knudsen, saxophone; Dave Scott, trumpet; Doug Leibinger, trombone; Randy Vincent, guitar; Ken Cook, piano; Cliff Hugo, bass; George Marsh, drums; and Will Johnson, prepared piano.

 The clinics and performances are free and open to the public. For information call the Department of Music at (707) 664-2324 or email

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