Jazz Combos

Jazz Combos at Sacramento State University provide a creative outlet for the beginning improviser as well as the advanced. Under the guidance and direction of the Sacramento State Jazz Faculty, students work together within assigned combos to develop proficiency in the art & craft of jazz improvisation and small group jazz ensemble playing. Groups are often organized according to themes, where the repertoire of a specific jazz composer or genre is addressed.

To prepare students for professional performance situations, the memorization of standard jazz repertoire is expected. Combos perform frequently on and off campus for a variety of different functions and events. Music majors, non-music majors and students enrolled through the College of Extended Studies may participate in the Sac State Jazz Combos.

Placement in jazz combos is by audition only.

Auditions for all jazz performing groups at Sacramento State will be held during the first day of class of each semester. The results from the audition are usually posted the following day. Sign-up sheets are posted on the Jazz Studies Bulletin Board (located outside the Music Recital Hall - across from M151) prior to the first week of classes.

What can I expect on auditions for the jazz combos?

WIND PLAYERS:

Those students interested in playing in a jazz combo will go through a sight-reading audition first. After the sight-reading, students will be asked to play changes at sight with a play-a-long recording.

RHYTHM SECTION PLAYERS:

Each student will be asked to read a variety of jazz literature as well as just playing time. In addition, each rhythm section player will be asked to solo over changes. Drummers should know all styles of drumming including, but not limited to, up-tempo and medium swing, jazz waltz, funk, shuffle, and samba.

The course number for Jazz Combos is MUSC 144I. There are four sections.

  • Section 1    Meets on Tuesday & Thursday from 2:45-4:00 PM in room 303
  • Section 2    Meets on Monday's from 7:00-10:00 PM in room 303
  • Section 3    Meets on Friday's from 2:00-5:00 PM in room 303
  • Section 4    This section is assigned a TBA time slot (to be announced). This means that the group is in charge of organizing their own scheduled rehearsal time along with the instructor.

    Listen to Recordings of Sacramento State Jazz Combo I

    Sacramento State 2010 Jazz Combo
    Something Fun #1 (Joe Berry)
    Dance at the Cotton Club (Gary Paolinelli)
    Muneca Del Satin (Tim Stephenson)
    Satan's Doll (Roger Coss)
    Go From Here (Reagan Branch)
    That in My Satin Doll (Sam Griffith)
    5:36
    7:52
    8:14
    4:41
    7:39
    9:20

    Personnel: Joe Berry (alto saxophone), Reagan Branch
    (tenor sax), Jason Galbraith (tenor & soprano sax),
    Roger Coss (piano), Sam Griffith (trombone),
    Gary Paolinelli (guitar), Roger Coss (piano),
    Kellen Garcia (bass), Tim Stephenson (drums)


    Sacramento State 2008 Jazz Combo
    Almost Back (comp. Arlyn Anderson)
    So (comp. Gerry Pineda)
    Falling (comp. Joe Berry)
    Light Suite (comp. Sam Griffith & Joe Berry)
    Vitamin K (comp. Joe Berry)
    6:16
    7:19
    14:34
    8:16
    8:35

    Personnel: Joe Berry (saxophone),
    Sam Griffith (trombone), Arlyn Anderson (guitar), Gerry Pineda (bass), Jesus Vega (drums)


    Sacramento State 2007 Jazz Combo
    The Trial (comp. Eric Arellano)
    Robert Donald (comp. Eric Arellano)
    Trinket (comp. Joe Berry)
    Glorious (comp. Arlyn Anderson)
    Cubed (comp. Arlyn Anderson)
    Smif' (comp. Gerry Pineda)
    Nice Life (comp. Arlyn Anderson)
    Port Alexander Moon (comp. Geoffrey Keezer)
    7:32
    6:35
    8:27
    6:37
    6:20
    10:29
    6:45
    8:07

    Personnel: Joe Berry (saxophone),
    Eric Arellano (saxophone), Arlyn Anderson (guitar), Gerry Pineda (bass), Jesus Vega (drums)


    Sacramento State 2006 Jazz Combo
    Compared to Les (comp. Gerry Pineda)
    Movin' On (comp. Arlyn Anderson)
    Midnight Train (comp. Sunny Knable)
    Opus 11 (comp. Sunny Knable)
    5:00
    4:13
    9:59
    9:58

    Personnel: Joe Berry (tenor sax),
    Sunny Knable (piano), Arlyn Anderson (guitar), Gerry Pineda (bass), Jesus Vega (drums)


    Sacramento State 2005 Jazz Combo
    Who's Measuring (comp. Matt Robinson)
    Soundscape (comp. Sunny Knable)
    Oracle (comp. Gordon Au)
    Truncat(e) (comp. Gordon Au)
    9:51
    9:20
    7:19
    7:21

    Personnel: Gordon Au (trumpet.), Joe Berry (tenor sax),
    Sunny Knable (piano), Matt Robinson (bass), Cory Pullen (drums)