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March 6, 2007 > Chabot College gears up for two days of jazz

Chabot College gears up for two days of jazz

By Charlotte Flowers-Weston

Chabot's annual jazz festival is proving to be a fashionable draw for up-and-coming jazz-minded musicians. The college has one of the largest jazz studies programs in the Bay Area, including three jazz bands and three wind bands.

Jon Palacio, Director of Jazz Studies at Chabot, is no stranger to the jazz industry. His credits include years of writing, arranging, and composing Latin rhythms for big bands, orchestra, symphonic bands, chamber ensembles and choral groups. Palacio has also written for a number of commercials and musicals. Added to his repertoire for the fourth year is the Chabot College Jazz Festival, hosted by Palacio and the jazz studies program. This event is designed as a non-competitive event to develop young jazz musicians in an educational environment.

Although the event is designed to be fun and educational, the festival is structured and organized with specific rules and guidelines. Participants must be registered at the school they represent in order to participate in the festival.

Each group is allotted a total of 45 minutes to set up, perform, make announcements, give awards, receive judge's comments, break down and exit. Entrants must perform a maximum of three pieces or a maximum performance time of 30 minutes. At the end of each performance, judges will give a performance critique.

"The good thing about this event is that it is non-competitive, so it's fair game for everybody. It is educational and it highlights the students", said Palacio. Student and Jazz Studies Assistant, David Sanchez admits that his main reason for attending Chabot is to be a part of the jazz band. "The program has really grown and is becoming a key element at Chabot College," said Sanchez.

The two-day festival will also include a Friday night concert featuring classically trained jazz player, Lew Soloff in concert. A consummate fixture on the New York jazz scene, Lew Soloff's career is filled with a rich history of renowned sessions and world-class collaborations. From the time he eased into the East Coast world of trend setting musicians in the mid 1960's, Soloff 's creative ventures have resulted in a respected body of work that places him in a category of true accomplishment and keeps his elegant and lyrical signatures in constant demand.

Other jazz artists that have performed at the festival in the past include, Ernie Watts and Eddie Palmiere.

Festival highlights include a 50 percent discount on the Lew Soloff concert for all participants and a free Friday noontime workshop with Lew Soloff. Tickets for the Soloff concert are $15 advance and $20 at the door.

Awards will be given to the best high school saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and rhythm section player.

Jazz Festival
Friday and Saturday
March 9 - March 10
Lew Soloff Perfor4mance
Friday, March 9
8 p.m.
Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd. Hayward

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