Jazz Season

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 

Concerts:
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.musikcentrumost.se/en/artist/orjan-hulten-orion
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

 

Special Events:
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://somethingelsereviews.com/2018/04/17/michael-coleman-ben-goldberg-practitioner-2018/
September 13 - Phil Robson/Jed Levy Quartet http://philrobson.net/#&panel1-1
September 20 - SSU Charlie Parker Ensemble
September 27 - Sam Morrison https://www.saxdakota.com/artists/sam-morrison/
October 4 - SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble
October 11 - Token Girl https://www.tokengirlmusic.com/
October 18 - Örjan Hultén Orion https://www.musikcentrumost.se/en/artist/orjan-hulten-orion
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

    Jazz Combos

    Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center

    Thursday, October 10, 2019

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    Jazz Day

    Weill Hall in the Green Music Center

    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

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    SSU Jazz Combos

    Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center

    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

    Three drummers playing Haitian drums play in the SSU Jazz Ensemble year end performance.

    Jazz Orchestra

    Weill Hall in the Green Music Center

    Doug Leibinger, Director of Jazz Studies, leads the Sonoma State University Jazz Orchestra. Our big-band specializes in finger-snapping classics and some new favorites.View Event Details

    Sunday, October 20, 2019

    SSU Jazz Combos Casual Concert!

    Green Music Center Room 1029

    We got cancelled last week by the power outage! Come hear the SSU Charlie Parker Ensemble and Jazz Composers Combo in the "Jazz Room," GMC 1029 - free admission ($5 parking)View Event Details

    Sunday, October 27, 2019

    Latin Band

    SSU Latin Band Casual Concert

    GMC 1029

    Our concert was cancelled by the power outage! Join Kendrick Freeman and the SSU Latin Band for this informal makeup concert in GMC 1029. Admission is FREE!View Event Details

    Thursday, December 5, 2019

    This is a picture of some saxophone players and a trumpet player

    Jazz Combos

    Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center

    Small groups focusing on improvisation and building standard and contemporary repertoire, also directed by Doug Leibinger.

    Contact: Doug Leibinger douglas.leibinger@sonoma.edu View Event Details

    Friday, December 6, 2019

    This is a photograph of the SSU Jazz Orchestra performing

    Jazz Orchestra

    Weill Hall in the Green Music Center

    An 18-piece big band specializing in the finest classic and modern repertoire, directed by Doug Leibinger.

    Contact: Doug Leibinger douglas.leibinger@sonoma.edu View Event Details

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    This is the CMEA, California Music Educators Association, logo

    CMEA Jazz Festival

    Weill Hall in the Green Music Center

    Sonoma State University is once again hosting the CMEA, California Music Educators Association, Jazz Festival. This event features jazz groups from around Northern California and is free and open to the public.View Event Details

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    This is a photograph of the Sonoma State University Jazz Orchestra performing

    Jazz Orchestra

    Weill Hall in the Green Music Center

    Our own Sonoma State University big band, the Jazz Orchestra takes the stage for their annual Spring concert on March 4th. Please join us for some fun and some straight-ahead jazz in Weill Hall in the Green Music Center.View Event Details

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