The Sacramento State Latin Jazz Ensemble was founded in 2001 by director Steve Roach, and has since been invited to perform at a variety of different events including the annual Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, The California State Fair, The Latin American Heritage Festival, The Golden State Museum, The Music in the Mountains concert series, the Vallejo Jazz Festival, the Hutchins Street Square concert series in Lodi, and the prestigious Mondavi Center located in Davis, California. The ensemble is also called upon to perform for campus related events as well as private and corporate functions in the Sacramento area. Prominent guest artists who have recently appeared with the Sac State Latin Jazz Ensemble include Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge, The John Santos Quintet, and trombonist Wayne Wallace.
This exciting eleven-piece ensemble plays a wide range of Latin musical styles, including merengue, samba, cha-cha-cha, mambo, Afro-Cuban, and rumba. In addition to Latin-Jazz standards by Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Mario Bauza, Mongo Santamaria, Mark Levine, Poncho Sanchez, and others, the band plays original compositions as well.
The Ensemble varies in its instrumentation based upon the needs and demands of the selected repertoire.
Music majors, non-music majors and students enrolled through the College of Extended Studies may participate in the Sac State Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Placement in the Latin Jazz Ensemble 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.