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.
Each ensemble director will have their own criteria for admission and placement within their group. Please contact the director of the ensemble you wish to join for more information.
JAZZ BAND (MUSCP 32A–D)
Pete Estabrook, 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 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.
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.