The big band is comprised of members of the student body who are interested in playing jazz music in the big band tradition. Each band plays a variety of great music and culminating in a performance in the Recital Hall at the Ann E. Pitzer Center. Prior jazz ensemble experience is not required and all majors are accepted.
Jean-Paul Bourelly, director
UC Davis Lecturer in Music
A type of jazz called “Conduction,” which was pioneered by Lawrence “Butch” Morris, is a system of improvisation whereby a conductor gives visual cues to musicians who perform in a sort of controlled freedom of rhythm, melody, and harmony.
The Department of Music swings on certain evenings when the Jazz Bands of UC Davis rehearse for their upcoming Nov. 29 concert. Under the direction of Jacám Manricks, the Bands have been working on music by Aretha Franklin, Latin Jazz, Jazz Funk Fusion and a premiere a new suite by Manricks. Photographer Justin Han stopped by the Ann E. Pitzer Center for a rehearsal to capture the musicians working on the concert.
D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music, New YorkM.M, William Paterson University, New JerseyB.MUS, QLD Conservatorium, Australia
Jazz composer/arranger, saxophonist/woodwind player and music educator Jacam Manricks has been a highly respected figure among the New York City jazz scene for over thirteen years. Manricks has released highly acclaimed albums as a leader (Labyrinth, Trigonometry, Cloud Nine, Chamber Jazz, and GilManricks) and performed as a sideman on countless other releases.