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
Jazz Forums are now on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Schroeder Hall, room 1029
January 25 - Lorin Benedict and Andrew Emer
March 8 - Harvey Wainapel Quartet
March 15 - SSU Latin Band with guitarist and SSU alum, Dave MacNab
March 29 - SSU Concert Jazz Ensemble with saxophonist, Kasey Knudsen
April 12 - Paul Hanson
April 19 - Edu Ribeiro, Noah Garabedian, & Vincius Gomes
The SSU Jazz Studies program gratefully acknowledges the support of Zildjian Cymbals and Markbass.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
SSU Jazz Combos
Join us in beautiful Schroeder Hall for the first SSU jazz performance of the semester. It will feature the 6-piece SSU Concert Jazz Ensemble, fresh off of their performance with Wynton Marsalis for the Party on the Green; as well as the amazing SSU Latin Band directed by Kendrick Freeman, featuring tunes from South America and the Caribbean.View Event Details
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
SSU Jazz Orchestra with special guest band: the Maria Carillo High School Jazz Band
Join us in Weill Hall for a swinging evening of big band music starting with special guests from Santa Rosa: the Maria Carillo High School Jazz 1 directed by Matt Bridgedahl. The SSU Jazz Orchestra, directed by Doug Leibinger, finishes the night with a world premiere and other surprises!
SSU Jazz Orchestra and Maria Carillo High School Digital Program View Event Details
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
SSU Jazz Orchestra featuring the world premiere of "I Can Dream: a Jazz Suite" by Alison Poteracke
Thursday, December 8, 2022
SSU Jazz Combos
Finish out the SSU jazz season in style in the incredible Schroeder Hall featuring the SSU Concert Jazz Ensemble directed by Doug Leibinger; and the SSU Latin Band directed by Kedrick Freeman.
Thursday, March 2, 2023
SSU Latin Band Pa Gozar...................................Federico Arístides Soto Alejon (Tata Güines) (1930-2008) No Borders...............................Rebeca Mauleón (b. 1962) Black Orchid.............................Cal Tjader...View Event Details
Friday, March 3, 2023
Jazz Orchestra: Swing Into Spring with special guests: Analy High School Jazz Band
Swing into Spring with the 24-piece SSU Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Doug Leibinger, and special guests the Analy High School Jazz Band, directed by Casey Jones. Bring your dancing shoes for this evening of great big band music!View Event Details
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Jazz Orchestra featuring guest artist Jeanne Geiger, trombone
Join us in the incredible Weill Hall for an eclectic evening of jazz featuring guest trombonist Jeanne Geiger! Jeanne is a veteran performer and composer that has played with Sheila E, Deltron 3030, Green Day, Tommy Igoe, and many more. She will perform with the SSU Jazz Orchestra directed by Doug Leibinger. The SSU Groove Ensemble will open the show.
Jeanne Geiger Bio
Monday, May 15, 2023
Concert Jazz Ensemble & Latin Jazz Ensemble
Join the SSU Latin Jazz Ensemble, Kendrick Freeman, director and the SSU Concert Jazz Ensemble, Ian Carey, director.The program will include music by Ivan Lins, Rebeca Mauleon, Andy Narell and others, including a new piece by SSU's own Hector Altamirano. SSU Concert Jazz & Latin Jazz Ensembles Digital Program View Event Details