Jazz Season

Welcome to the Jazz Season page.

Our four jazz ensembles perform twice each semester. SSU Jazz ensembles include:

  • SSU Jazz Orchestra – the flagship 18-piece ensemble performing Big Band standards and modern jazz ensemble repertoire
  • Concert Jazz Combos – two ensembles each semester rotating on a particular jazz sub-genre or era
  • Latin Band – devoted to the styles, rhythms and concepts found in music from the Caribbean, Brazil and Haiti 

7th Annual Jazz Week October 16-18

The Sonoma State University Jazz Week takes place annually in the Fall semester, featuring an exciting lineup of workshops, guest artists and concert performances by selected high school jazz ensembles who also receive clinics from our Jazz faculty. 

Jazz Week includes three full-length evening concerts; Jazz Forum; a free Thursday lunchtime concert by the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble; and Jazz Day —devoted to clinics and performing opportunities for high school jazz musicians. Up to 12 high school jazz ensembles will be selected to participate. This year's special guest artist will be Swedish composer and saxophonist Örjan Hultén, performing at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, October 17, in Weill Hall.

Jazz Week Schedule

Concert tickets $8, parking included.
Jazz Week ticket package: Pick any two for $10. All three for $15.
Admission is free to SSU students and Jazz Day participants. 

  • SSU Jazz Combo Concert | Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 PM Schroeder Hall
  • Jazz Week Guest Artist Örjan Hultén | Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 PM Weill Hall
  • SSU Jazz Orchestra Concert | Thursday, October 18, 7:30 PM Weill Hall

These events are Free and open to the public. Daily parking charge $5. 

  • Jazz Forum | Wednesday, October 17, 1:00 PM GMC 1029
  • Jazz Day | Thursday, October 18, 9 AM-5 PM Weill and Schroeder Halls
  • SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble | Thursday, October 18, 12:30 PM Weill Hall

For information call the Department of Music at (707) 664-2324 or email leibinge@sonoma.edu.

Jazz Forum

Each Wednesday at 1, invited composers and performers play their music in a relaxed atmosphere for an audience that includes Jazz Studies majors and members of the community. Jazz Forum takes place in GMC 1029 and is free to the public. Daily parking fee ($5) in effect.  



The SSU Jazz Studies program gratefully acknowledges the support of Zildjian Cymbals and Markbass.



    Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    Sonoma State Jazz music stand

    Jazz Orchestra

    Weill Hall

    Program details to come.View Event Details