Jazz Ensembles

MUS 47 SADDLEBACK COLLEGE BIG BAND

The Saddleback Big Band is a standard size big band that explores wide stylistic territory. From the great Swing Era music of Earl Fatha Hines, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson through the exotic voyages of Sun Ra, the rich textures of Gil Evans to music penned moments prior to performance, this engaging ensemble always thrills. Most concerts feature a world premier combined with music of swinging historical importance. Guest artists have included James Moody, Jane Ira Bloom, Dave Liebman, Bill Holman, Charles McPherson, Nicholas Payton, Tony Malaby, Mark Helias, and others.

Though the Big Band enjoys playing at its home in the beautiful McKinney Theatre at Saddleback College, they are also frequently featured at jazz festivals and jazz venues throughout the Southland.

MUS 240 IMPROVISED MUSIC IN A JAZZ COMBO

The most important aspect of any jazz studies program is the combo program. This is where the true nature of jazz music is addressed. Style, improvising skills, interplay among members and composition are all addressed in a focused chamber music environment.

MUS 148 JAZZ ENSEMBLE

The Jazz Lab Ensemble is an improvisatory based group whose size is malleable. The ensemble ranges from 7 to 20 members, depending on instrumentation and the nature of the music featured in each concert. Previous performances have featured the music of Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker, and original compositions by band members.The jazz ensemble will perform at different functions and may perform with nationally-known guest artists. Offered as open-entry/openexit.