Jazz Ensembles

Directed by Joe Mazzaferro, The Jazz Ensemble at California State University, Stanislaus is active in performing a wide variety of styles; from the cutting edge contemporary styles of writers such as Maria Schneider , Jim McNeely, Vince Mendoza, and Bob Mintzer to the classics of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Charles Mingus. The Jazz Ensemble performs regular concerts on campus and at top local and regional jazz festivals.

By participating in the jazz ensemble, the student who aspires to become a professional player will perform in a professional atmosphere with many of the same professional responsibilities. In both rehearsal and performance situations, the future aspiring professional jazz musician and/or music educator will be exposed to many different teaching techniques and concepts.

Placement in the jazz ensemble is by audition only.

Audition information for all jazz performing groups at California State University, Stanislaus will be posted one week before the first day of class of each semester. The results from the audition are usually posted the day following the auditions. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the Jazz Studies Bulletin Board (located outside of M-43).

For audition information, please contact Joe Mazzaferro.

Horn Players:

The sole basis for placement in bands will be sight-reading. During the sight-reading audition, consideration will be given to time, feel, range, tone, intonation and aggressiveness. Several styles, such as swing, funk, ballad and Latin, may be used in the audition.

Rhythm Section Players:

Each student will be asked to read a variety of jazz literature as well as just playing time. In addition, each rhythm section player will be asked to solo over changes. Drummers should know all styles of drumming including, but not limited to, up-tempo and medium swing, jazz waltz, funk, shuffle, samba, etc.

Jazz Combos

The Jazz Combo Program at California State University, Stanislaus seeks to provide students with the necessary skills for performing professionally in a small group jazz environment.

Jazz Combo students are expected to develop their own unique ensemble sound and group concept by fusing the creative, artistic, and technical abilities of the individuals in each group. Additionally, students are encouraged to explore original compositions, 'head charts?, free group improvisation, and unique arrangements of standard jazz repertoire.

To prepare students for professional performance situations, the memorization of standard jazz repertoire is expected.

Combos perform frequently on and off campus for a variety of different functions and events.

Placement in jazz combos is by audition only.

Audition information for all jazz performing groups at California State University, Stanislaus will be posted one week before the first day of class of each semester. The results from the audition are usually posted the day following the auditions. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the Jazz Studies Bulletin Board (located outside of M-43).

For audition information, please contact Joe Mazzaferro.

All Combo Players:

Those students interested in playing in a jazz combo will be asked to play the melody of and solo (at least 2 choruses) over a jazz standard, a blues, and rhythm changes. A list of acceptable jazz standards will be posted along with the audition information. Drummers should know all styles of drumming including, but not limited to: up-tempo and medium swing, jazz waltz, funk, shuffle, and samba.

THE COLLECTIVE

The CSU Stanislaus Collective is a student/faculty-based ensemble that was created for jazz majors to further develop their skills as improvisers and gain a deeper understanding of the music in its historical context. Throughout the year, the Collective will focus on repertoire that represents the jazz tradition as well as the forward movement of the music all while performing concerts on campus and throughout the Central Valley and Northern California communities.

For audition information, please contact Joe Mazzaferro.