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 

7th Annual Jazz Week October 16-18

The Sonoma State University Jazz Week takes place annually in the Fall semester, featuring an exciting lineup of workshops, guest artists and concert performances by selected high school jazz ensembles who also receive clinics from our Jazz faculty. 

Jazz Week includes three full-length evening concerts; Jazz Forum; a free Thursday lunchtime concert by the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble; and Jazz Day —devoted to clinics and performing opportunities for high school jazz musicians. Up to 12 high school jazz ensembles will be selected to participate.

Jazz Week Schedule

Concert tickets $8, parking included.
Admission is free to SSU students and Jazz Day participants. 

  • SSU Jazz Combo Concert | Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 PM Schroeder Hall
  • SSU Jazz Orchestra Concert | Thursday, October 18, 7:30 PM Weill Hall

These events are Free and open to the public. Daily parking charge $5. 

  • Jazz Forum | Wednesday, October 17, 1:00 PM GMC 1029
  • Jazz Day | Thursday, October 18, 9 AM-5 PM Weill and Schroeder Halls
  • SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble | Thursday, October 18, 12:30 PM Weill Hall

For information call the Department of Music at (707) 664-2324 or email leibinge@sonoma.edu.

Jazz Forum

Each Wednesday at 1, invited composers and performers play their music in a relaxed atmosphere for an audience that includes Jazz Studies majors and members of the community. Jazz Forum takes place in GMC 1029 and is free to the public. Daily parking fee ($5) in effect.  

Jan 30 - Harvey Wainapel & the Berkeley Choro Ensemble

Feb 6 - John Stowell, guitar

Feb 13 - student instruction

Feb 27 - Carl Allen, drums

March 6 - SSU Latin Band; Melecio Magdaluyo, clinician

March 13 - SSU Jazz Composers Combo; Alison Poteracke, clinician

March 27 - Sylvia Cuenca w/Roni Ber Hur & Harvie S.

April 3 - Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn

April 10 - SSU Duke Ellington Combo

April 17 - USAF Band of the Golden West Commanders Jazz Ensemble

April 24 - John Fedchock, trombone

May 1 - Juries

May 8 - Tyler Blanton, vibes


The SSU Jazz Studies program gratefully acknowledges the support of Zildjian Cymbals and Markbass.



    Friday, September 21, 2018

    Jazz violinist and singer Nicole Yarling

    Rock, Strings & Horns: A Concert For Violet

    Weill Hall
    A faculty–student collaboration to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease

    Special guests Nicole Yarling, voice & violin

    John R. Palmer, piano and keyboards

    Eric Cabalo, electric guitar

    SSU Jazz Orchestra with strings and choir

    Performing the music of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Billy Joel, Neil Young, Thomas Dolby and more!

    Doug Leibinger, director

    SSU Jazz Studies Director Doug Leibinger grew up in the 70’s and early 80’s in suburban Chicago, where he and his mother, Violet, spent countless hours listening to the radio and LPs. Violet passed away six years ago...View Event Details

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Jazz Combo

    Jazz Combo Concert

    Schroeder Hall

    Jazz Combo Concert

    Kicking off Jazz Week. Program details to come.View Event Details

    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

    SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

    Weill Hall

    The public is invited to this free lunchtime concert provided by the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble as part of the 7th Annual Jazz Day.

    SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble Doug Leibinger and George Marsh, directors

    Kasey Knudsen, saxophone Daniel Gianola-Norris, trumpet Doug Leibinger, trombone Randy Vincent, guitar Ken Cook, piano Cliff Hugo, bass George Marsh, drums Kendrick Freeman, percussion

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    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Doug Leibinger directs the SSU Jazz Orchestra

    Jazz Week Closing Concert: Jazz Orchestra & Guests

    Weill Hall

    JAZZ WEEK Closing Concert: Jazz Orchestra & Guests

    Program information to be announced.View Event Details

    Thursday, December 6, 2018

    Jazz combo

    Jazz Combo Concert

    Schroeder Hall

    Performers and musical selections will be announced at a later date.View Event Details

    Friday, December 7, 2018

    SSU Jazz Orchestra

    SSU Jazz Orchestra

    Weill Hall

    Doug Leibinger leads the Jazz program's flagship ensemble, the SSU Jazz Orchestra in Big Band standards and modern jazz ensemble repertoire. Program details to be released.View Event Details

    Tuesday, March 12, 2019

    Drummer in a Jazz Combo

    Jazz Combo Concert

    Schroeder Hall

    Program details to come.View Event Details

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    musical manuscript / notation

    Faculty Composers Concert

    Schroeder Hall

    The music faculty boasts many active composers who write music in all genres, from art song and musical theatre to contemporary Classical, Jazz and avant-garde. This annual celebration of original music draws top classical and jazz performers from throughout the North Bay.


    Three Songs; Brian S. Wilson (b. 1962) I. Wandering The River (from Kherdian Songs) II. My Soul Is Dark (from Byron Songs) III. My Mother’s Irises (from Kherdian Songs) Christa Durand, voice Matthew Arnerich, piano Musiamunat Day 2; Thomas Limbert (b. 1974) (Papua New Guinea soundscape composition – sounds recorded by Eddie Game)...View Event Details

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    World Premiere Jazz

    Weill Hall

    An evening of new music composed and arranged by SSU Faculty, Alumni & Students.

    The SSU Jazz Orchestra performs original compositions and arrangements by SSU alumna Alison Poteracke: Director of Jazz Studies Doug Leibinger: and Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas. Also featuring the SSU Jazz Composers Combo directed by Kasey Knudsen.

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    Tuesday, May 7, 2019


    Jazz Combo Concert

    Schroeder Hall



    I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart

    New East St. Louis Toodle-Oo

    African Flower

    In A Mellow Tone

    Pie Eye’s Blues

    All compositions by Duke Ellington (1899—1974)

    Joseph Haro, saxophone/clarinet

    Thomas Gosnell, clarinet/trombone

    Mark Dwaileebe, guitar, banjo

    Rodrigo Alarcon, guitar, piano

    Jack Buller, bass

    Michael Clifford, drums, percussion

    Noble Amani, drums, percussion


    Finish Line Jake Jernigan, b. 1996

    Madera Mario Aparicio, b.1999

    Black Mamba Sammy Doyle, b.1997

    A Sunrise...View Event Details