Welcome to the Jazz Season page.
Our four jazz ensembles perform twice each semester. SSU Jazz ensembles include:
- SSU Jazz Orchestra – the flagship 18-piece ensemble performing Big Band standards and modern jazz ensemble repertoire
- Concert Jazz Combos – two ensembles each semester rotating on a particular jazz sub-genre or era
- Latin Band – devoted to the styles, rhythms and concepts found in music from the Caribbean, Brazil and Haiti
Thursday, October 10 - SSU Jazz Combos and Latin Band - Weill Hall - 7:30
Friday, October 18 - Örjan Hultén Orion and SSU Jazz Orchestra - Weill Hall - 7:30 https://www.
Thursday, December 5 - SSU Charlie Parker Ensemble and Latin Band - Schroeder Hall - 7:30
Friday, December 6 - SSU Jazz Composers Combo and Jazz Orchestra - Weill Hall - 7:30
Wednesday, September 25 - Allison Au Quartet improvisation clinic - GMC 1029 - Free and open to the public - 9:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Thursday, October 10 - 8th Annual SSU Jazz Day - 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM - Free and open to the public - Weill Hall and breakout rooms
Jazz Forums are now on Fridays from Noon - 2:00 p.m.
September 6 - "Practitioner" - Ben Goldberg and Michael Coleman http://
September 13 - Phil Robson/Jed Levy Quartet http://philrobson.net/
September 20 - SSU Charlie Parker Ensemble
September 27 - Sam Morrison https://www.
October 4 - SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble
October 11 - Token Girl https://www.
October 18 - Örjan Hultén Orion https://www.
October 25 - TBA
November 1 - SSU Jazz Composers Combo
November 8 - SSU Latin Band
The SSU Jazz Studies program gratefully acknowledges the support of Zildjian Cymbals and Markbass.
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Sonoma State University’s annual Fall semester event, offers workshops, clinics, guest artists and concert performances by selected high school jazz ensembles. Our dedicated jazz faculty evaluates and works to elevate high school students’ jazz and improvisation skills. Only select high school jazz ensembles are invited to participate. This all-day event is free of charge.View Event Details
Thursday, October 10, 2019
The SSU Jazz Combo Concert is free to Jazz Day participants and SSU students and closes Jazz Day. Each SSU Concert Jazz Combo specializes in a sub-genre or era, including Latin, modern, World, Big Band, straight-ahead, and original compositions. The Latin Band begins with rhythm and diverse percussion, and layers vocal and instrumental lines. Check our website music.sonoma.edu for detailed concert information.View Event Details
Friday, October 18, 2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019
Friday, January 17, 2020
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Our own Sonoma State University big band, the Jazz Orchestra, directed by Doug Leibinger, takes the stage for their annual Spring concert on March 4th along with SSU's Latin Band directed by Kendrick Freedman. Please join us for some fun and some straight-ahead jazz in Weill Hall in the Green Music Center.View Event Details