Jazz Ensembles

SRJC has a rich legacy in jazz. Our ensembles have performed at concerts and festivals throughout the state. We host world-class guest artists and clinicians each semester, offering students the opportunity to interact with performers working in different markets. In addition to live performance, studio recording is an integral component of the musical experience for our students.


JAZZ BAND   (MUSCP 32AD)

Mark Wardlaw, Director

Award recipients at 2017 Reno Jazz Festival: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/6946687-181/smith-some-award-winning-young-musicians

The SRJC Jazz Bands have a long history in Sonoma County. Founded by Professor Emeritus Dan Goulart, the SRJC Jazz Bands have performed with many of the top jazz artists over the past 35 years including Bob Curnow, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Eric Marienthal, Don Menza, Bobby Shew, Cal Tjader, Bill Watrous, Joe Williams, and many others.

The daytime Jazz Band is open to qualified saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section players by audition. This group performs a wide variety of big band literature ranging from traditional swing to contemporary Latin Jazz, with an emphasis on stylistic performance practice and the development of sight-reading expertise.

Fore more information, contact Mark Wardlaw at mwardlaw@santarosa.edu


JAZZ COMBOS   (MUSCP 42A–D)

Bennett Friedman, Director

The SRJC Jazz Combos are directed by renowned performer, arranger, and educator Bennett Friedman. Students are divided into small combos and given a repertoire of music custom arranged by the director to suit each combo's instrumentation and ability level. Open by audition to students experienced in jazz performance.

For more information, contact Bennett Friedman at bfriedman@santarosa.edu or by phone at (707) 527-4255.