Jazz @ UC Davis: Winter
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center
Jazz at UC Davis swings with performances by the Blue, Gold and Vanguard Bands, directed by Sam Griffith, and guest artist trumpet player Steve Roach.
The Gold Band will play the classic music of the Count Basie Orchestra including “Fantail,” ”Whirly Bird,” ”Rompin at the Reno,” and “The Wiggle Walk.” A highlight of the evening will be Vanguard and Blue Bands playing selections from Kenny Wheelers’ “Sweet Time Suite,” an eight-movement work divided between the two ensembles. Roach will perform with all three bands.
An acclaimed performer and educator, Steve Roach has been the Director of Jazz Studies at Sacramento State since 2001. He has also served as Director of Jazz Studies at Baylor University and has held teaching positions at the University of Northern Colorado and Northern Illinois University. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet and jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. He maintains an active schedule as a freelance artist and is a member of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, a group in which he co-founded.