June 19, 2008

Free concerts highlight Sac State’s Jazz Camp

 

Photo: Jim Widner’s Big Band will perform as part of Sacramento State’s summer Jazz Camp.
Jim Widner’s Big Band will perform as part of Sacramento State’s summer Jazz Camp.

Sacramento State’s summer Jazz Camp not only offers its students an opportunity to learn and play, it also gives the public a chance to enjoy jazz concerts—for free.

Hosted by the Jazz Studies Department, the camp starts swinging July 6 for a six-day run and is open to musicians of all abilities ranging from middle school students to senior citizens, says camp coordinator and University music professor Steve Roach. “It is an intensive week of big band rehearsals, sectionals, master classes, improvisation, theory and arranging,” Roach says.

When the day is over, students and the public are invited to enjoy the sounds of Jim Widner’s Big Band, which will perform at 8 p.m. July 6-8 and July 10. The band is comprised of professional musicians from around the country who have played with such jazz luminaries as Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson. “The Jim Widner Big Band performances are a highlight for the camp participants and the community,” Roach says.

The students themselves also get into the act, performing in jazz combos at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 9. And a final concert featuring all camp ensembles will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, July 11. All performances are free and held in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.

For more information on Jazz Camp, call (916) 278-7987 or visit www.csus.edu/music. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.