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Sac State jazz group honored by DownBeat magazine


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Vocal Jazz Director Gaw Vang is continuing the Sacramento State tradition of winning nationwide recognition for the University’s Music Department. The department’s group C-Sus Voices has been recognized with an Outstanding Performance award for a college small vocal group by DownBeat magazine, jazz music’s “bible.”


Director Gaw Vang and the jazz vocalists in rehearsal. (Sacramento State/Craig Koscho)

This is the 13th time one of Sac State’s vocal jazz groups has been honored by DownBeat and the second time under Vang’s direction.

“I am extremely excited to have our group win this award two years in a row,” she says. “This is an acknowledgment of the work done by our Music Department and recognizes the great jazz education our students get.”

The group submitted for consideration a program of three songs: “Give Me the Simple Life” by Harry Ruby and Rube Bloom, arranged by former Sac State vocal jazz director Kerry Marsh; “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, covered by Dirty Loops and arranged by Marsh; and “So in Love” by Cole Porter, arranged by Sac State alumna Kate Janzen.

The public gets a chance to hear this talented group at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, when it performs at the Music Recital Hall on campus. That program includes “Painted Canvas,” an original by Gregory Porter and arranged by Marsh; John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” arranged by Darmon Meader; and “Wade in the Water,” arranged by Mark Kibble and Cedric Dent.

Tickets are $10 general, $7 seniors and $5 students, available at the University Ticket Office,, or (916) 278-4323.

For more information on the University’s Jazz Program, visit or call (916) 278-5191. For media assistance, call Sac State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156. – Craig Koscho