BCCM Represents at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

CSULB was well represented at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho. Dr. Ray Briggs gave five workshops and adjudicated several performances.

Special guest performers included alumni Josh Nelson and Katie Thiroux. Josh and Katie were part of the festival All-Star Quartet which backed several performers. They also gave clinics and workshops. Alumnus Adam Schroeder was a Performance Education Clinician. Alumnus Adam Schroeder was a Performance Education Clinician.

Beth Peregrine in Performance with LAMC and LACO

Senior Beth Peregrine was one of 32 singers from the Los Angeles Master Chorale invited to perform as a part of a collaboration between Maestro Jeffrey Kahane  and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.”Jeffrey Kahane explores the chilling mystery and score of the incomparable masterpiece Mozart wrote on his deathbed. After intermission, Kahane conducts Robert Levin’s innovative completion of this heart-wrenching work with soloists, full orchestra and the powerful Los Angeles Master Chorale.”

Joe Stone Featured

Oboe instructor Joe Stone was featured in the Long Beach Gazette in an article entitled, “Long Beach Symphony’s Oboist Lives His Music Every Day.” He noted that  education is important and a big part of his life. Of our conservatory and students he said, “I really love that school. There’s a nice, professional focus. The students are on a career track.”

In January and February this year, Joe performed for critically acclaimed production of Billy Eliot at La Mirada Theater, Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga concert at the Wiltern Theater, 70′s rock group Sparks at the Ace Hotel, Pixar movie “Inside/Out, Disney movie “Tomorrowland”, Disney cartoon “Frozen Fever”, and live performance of “The Godfather” movie at the Nokia.


photo credit: Rebecca Y. Mata

Jeff Jarvis as Clinician and Performer

Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Jarvis served as clinician at the San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival in Fresno CA last weekend.  On March 7th, Jarvis performed at the annual “Classnotes” concert at Los Alamitos High School along with Dan Higgins, Charlie Morillas, Kye Palmer, and CSULB alums Mike King, Bill Liston, and Nick Chaffee. The program featured the music of Bill Liston and Jeff Jarvis.

Brad Dutz Celebrates 10th anniversary of his Quartet

Lecturer Brad Dutz celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Brad Dutz Quartet with a performance at REDCAT last week. “Celebrated for bringing an airy, bright, thoroughly original instrumental palette to its blend of 21st-century acoustic chamber music, improvisation and free jazz, the quartet led by ace percussionist and composer Brad Dutz first came together at REDCAT 10 years ago. It features Dutz on marimba, vibes and all manner of hand percussion, Brian Walsh on clarinet and bass clarinet, Paul Sherman on oboe and English horn, and Chris Votek on cello, with their precise yet fluid contrapuntal work conjuring a vibrant sound like no other. Even as Dutz, one of the most sought-after session percussionists in L.A., forgoes the conventional grooves in favor of color and texture, the band always stirs up a brisk, propulsive swing.”

Justin Hageman in Performance

Horn Instructor Justin Hageman played with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in their post-Grammy concert at the Wiltern Theater. His recent recording projects include the upcoming movie, Run All Night, and TV shows, Family Guy, American Dad, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.

Alex Miller’s “Two Autumns” in Boston

Lecturer Alex Miller traveled to Boston for a performance of his composition Two Autumns by the Boston New Music Initiative at the Longy School of Music.  Scored for mezzo soprano and five instruments, the work is a setting of classic Japanese haiku sung in English, and was performed by Chelsea Beatty and with Patrick Valentino conducting the ensemble.

The Boston Classical Review called Two Autumns “plush and tightly constructed piece that is filled with colorful imagery…which shimmered like moonlight on water.”