Nick Mancini to play at Secret City Event

Nick Mancini is the featured artist on The Secret City, an organization in NYC dedicated to their “on-going performance gathering for people who believe in the arts. Part ceremony, part salon, part tent revival, each gathering has a different theme and features an ever-changing roster of artists and performers sharing work relating to the theme.”

They wrote of him, “Nick is really a master… He’s been creating a name for himself there and leads and hosts a bunch of great jazz events in LA. I’ve had him in my sights as someone who would be great to present at The Secret City. So, this Sunday, June 14th at Bootleg Theater – the theme is FETISHES– Nick is our guy!”



Five Downbeat Awards for Jazz Studies

Please send a huge congratulations to our Jazz Studies Program for taking home five Downbeat Magazine awards this year.

For the second consecutive year, CJO (Concert Jazz Orchestra), was named Best Large Jazz Ensemble in the Graduate College category. Back-to-back for CJO and Jeff Jarvis!

Saxophonist Anibal Seminario won the Graduate College Outstanding Performance. Anibal is completing his MM this semester

Pacific Standard Time won for Graduate College Outstanding Performance. That makes six consecutive years that PST under Christine Guter has won either Outstanding Performance or Best Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

The Glynis Davies Latin Group, coached by Christine Guter, won Graduate College Outstanding Performances – Latin Group. Glynis is completing her MM this semester.

And finally, Christine Guter was Guest Director for Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble – Honors Ensemble Winner with the Iowa State Jazz Choir.

The breadth and depth and consistency of these awards over the last several years is extraordinary. Congratulations to Jeff, Christine, the entire jazz faculty, and of course, to the remarkable students in Jazz Studies.

Elliot Deutsch’s Big Band plays “Vintage Masters of Swing”

Alumnus Elliot Deutsch got a great review in the International Review of Music for his show at the Catalina’s Jazz Club. Elliot’s Big Band was the house band for the “Vintage Masters of Swing” event, a who’s who of jazz greats including  arranger Van Alexander,  Patrick Williams, Sammy Nestico, and  Ralph Carmichael. Elliot was characterized as, ” a bright young bandleader whose big band has been turning heads lately.”

Jeff Hamilton Gives Masterclass

Jazz Legend Jeff Hamilton gave a master class at the Bob Cole Conservatory on November 26. Hamilton has performed with his trio, Woody Herman, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, the Clayton Brothers, and is co-leader of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The Los Angeles Jazz Society named him and John Clayton musicians of the year for 2006.

He is pictured here working with Tyler Kreutel.

Leeav Sofer Profiled in the LA Times

Alumnus Leeav Sofer, co-director of Colburn Wesley Project singers was profiled in the LA Times. The choir is comprised of homeless men and women living on skid row.

Leeav and Linda Evans have been working with the choir through the Colburn School, “There’s something there that no other choir has, which is the fact they want it so much more,” Leeav said of the choir. The choir gave its first performance at the City Club on the 51st floor of a downtown skyscraper wearing black evening-wear donated by a film financier.

Photo credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times


Faculty Perform on Multi-Grammy-Nominated Album

Adjuncts Sal Lozano, Jay Mason, Brad Dutz, and Dan Fornero performed on “Life In The Bubble,” Gordon Goodwin, composer (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band) which received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition and “Get Smart,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band) which received a Grammy nomination for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, and “Party Rockers,” Gordon Goodwin, which received a Grammy nomination for  Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals.


photo credit: Rex Bullington