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JAZZ-ology

JAZZ-ology 2017-18: Dr. Stephanie Austin, Director

  • Natasha Singer
  • NinoAngelo Lastimosa
  • Jesse Chao
  • Laura Karst
  • Joseph Saeteurn


History

Founded in the Fall of 2011, JAZZ-ology won DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards for Outstanding Performance in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The group has also been a Category Award Winner at the Reno Jazz Festival and was a National Finalist at the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Competition. They released their third CD, "Get Out of Town," May 2017. Their second CD, "On a Clear Day," was released May 2015, and their first CD, "Starting Here, Starting Now," was released May 2013. All three CDs are available on CD Baby, Amazon.com, and iTunes. You can find out more about JAZZ-ology's recording at the group's website.

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Repertoire

JAZZ-ology performs extensively and focuses on challenging jazz vocal literature, both published and commissioned. The ensemble uses mature musicianship and vocal skills to polish and produce a commercially viable ensemble product. Some particular areas of focus are ensemble texture, different jazz stylistic characteristics, commercial jazz vocal sounds, historical jazz vocal groups, vocal percussion, solo development, and expansion of the jazz vocal repertoire.

Performances

JAZZ-ology performs for a variety of venues including 8-10 gigs between August and May, including Cuesta Jazz Festival, Piedmont Piano Jazz Series, Reno Jazz Festival, professional gigs, and self-produced concerts. The group records with Bill Hare each year and produces a CD every other year. Future plans include travel to other parts of the country and the recruitment of studio work.

Auditions

Each fall, a 4-8 member group is selected based on the best auditioned vocal mix. Rehearsals are MT 4:00-6:45 at Contra Costa College, and auditions are by invitation only. If you know someone who would be a good fit for JAZZ-ology, please tell them to contact Dr. Stephanie Austin in order to discuss their musical experience, as well as to schedule an audition.