2024 SSU/Redwood Empire Jazz Festival

SSU/Redwood Empire Jazz Festival

February 9, 2024

Weill Hall, Green Music Center

The SSU/Redwood Empire Jazz Festival is a competitive and educational event open to high school and middle school big bands and jazz combos (now open to junior colleges as well). Each band gets to perform in our amazing Weill Hall.  Trophies will be awarded to the top three bands of each class. Each band will receive taped and written comments, a 30-minute clinic from a renowned jazz educator, and a video of their performance. Top soloists from each band will be recognized with certificates. Each day, the SSU jazz faculty will provide additional rolling clinics and the SSU Jazz Orchestra will perform. 
All performances and faculty clinics are free and open to the public.


Sonoma State University Redwood Empire Jazz Festival digital program




Festival Schedule

SSU/Redwood Empire Jazz Festival Schedule
10:30 AM Marin School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble II HS2
11:00 AM Aragon HS Jazz Band HS2
11:30 AM Liberty Jazz Ensemble HS1
12:00 PM Marin School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble I HS1
12:30 PM Aragon HS Jazz Ensemble HS1
1:00 PM LUNCH - SSU Jazz Orchestra performs at 1:20  
1:30 PM LUNCH  
2:00 PM Hillsdale HS Jazz Ensemble HS2
2:30 PM Dublin HS Jazz Ensemble HS1
3:00 PM Ann Sobrato HS Jazz Ensemble HS2
3:30 PM Analy HS Jazz Ensemble HS2
4:00 PM BREAK  
4:15 PM Leigh HS Lil' Band HS1
4:45 PM University Preparatory Academy Advanced Band HS2
5:15 PM Maria Carrillo HS Jazz I HS1
5:45 PM Leigh HS Big Band HS2
6:15 PM Mill Valley MS Jazz Band MS
6:45 PM DINNER  
7:30 PM Archie Williams HS HS2
8:00 PM Awards


Faculty Clinics - Schroeder Hall - Bring Your Instrument!

Time Instructor Clinic
12:00-1:00 PM Ian Carey "Blues Beyond the Blues Scale"
1:30-2:30 PM Kendrick Freeman "Latin Rhythms for Everyone"
2:30-3:30 PM Ian Carey "Guide Tone Lines as Building Blocks"
3:30-4:30 PM Kendrick Freeman "Rhythms Section Unity"
4:45-5:45 PM Ian Carey "Blues Beyond the Blues Scale"
5:45-6:45 PM Kendrick Freeman "Latin Rhythms for Everyone"