Bob McChesney’s New Singles

Bob McChesney has released two new singles in support of his upcoming full-length CD, “Going Back,” set for release later this year. Special guest trumpeter extraordinare Arturo Sandoval joins him on one of the singles, Skin In the Game.

About Bob, legendary trumpeter Freddie Hubbard has proclaimed, “ . . . Some of the best trombone playing I’ve heard in a long, long time!” and Arturo Sandoval says, “Bob McChesney is a master trombonist!

Josh Nelson on NPR

Josh NelsonNPR chose Josh Nelson  as one of “Six Creative Presenters” for their “The Discovery Sessions”

As NPR wrote, “Once a month, Nelson curates a unique double-bill: improvised music paired with live painting.”

“It’s like an umami thing — getting all these tastes and flavors,” Nelson says. “The emphasis is on discovering new visual artists and also musical artists. … There just needs to be two or three people taking the reins … debuting somebody else, maybe it’s a classical thing … or some electronica—there’s so many ways it can go.” Nelson believes that this re-imagining of the jazz club experience will inject new energy into the community. As Carballada explains, “He’s got his finger on the pulse of the art world today, this beautiful blurring of boundaries — [he's] bringing that into the club arena. It’s great to have an audience there to experience it with you.”

Josh Nelson to Tour Japan

Alumnus Josh Nelson embarks on his first tour of Japan Sept 5 where he’ll perform in Kobe, Osaka, and Tokyo.

Sept 5- Basin Street (Kobe)
Sept 6- Azul (Osaka)
Sept 7- Modern Jazz Club Live (Kobe)
with Shota Ishikawa (bass), Tatsuhiko Takeda (drums). Plus LIVE video projections!

Sept 8: with Shota Ishikawa (bass), Kazumi Ikenaga (drums)
with Sept 8- Half Moon Hall (Tokyo)



Holly Bishop Engaged in Global Cooperation and Peace Through Music

Alumna Holly (Fischer) Bishop plays bass and is the education coordinator for Cuatro Puntos, a group of chamber musicians dedicated to global cooperation and peace through the writing and performance of new music worldwide. They will be taking a Global Outreach-Concert/Education Tour of Bolivia August 25 – September 7, 2013 and plan a tour to Israel in 2014. They are based in Connecticut.

Jeff Jarvis Down Under and with Debi Boone

Following a tour of Australia, Jeff Jarvis performed with Debi Boone at Vicki’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells CA. While in Australia, performed at the Central Queensland University School Jazz Festival, Victorian School Music Festival, Jazz Music Institute, and at CQU in Rockhampton and at one of the final concerts of the Queensland Music Festival in Brisbane.

Daniel Ellis Scores Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School

The complete film, Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School, has been uploaded to youtube. Undergraduate composition major Daniel Ellis scored the 20-minute film.

Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School is a new independent short comedy based on the true story of Steven Spielberg’s return to CSULB in 2001 to complete his degree in Film and Electronic Arts.

You can view a video of the Cole Conservatory Orchestra, Johannes Müller-Stosch, conductor, recording the final credits here. Pictured above are Daniel and Director/Writer Joshua Hoh at the recording session.



Megumi Yuhara Candidate for Nisei Week Queen

Alumna Megumi Yuhara won Miss Tomodachi (Miss Congeniality) in the 2013 Nisei Week Japanese Festival Queen. The Nisei Week Queen is the representative of the Japanese community of Southern California at community events locally and nationally (including Nagoya, Japan) throughout the year. Alumna Erika Mariko Olsen won the title in 2011. Nisei Week Japanese Festival is recognized as one of the longest running ethnic festivals in the United States.