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.



    Friday, September 21, 2018

    Jazz violinist and singer Nicole Yarling

    Rock, Strings & Horns: A Concert For Violet

    Weill Hall
    A faculty–student collaboration to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease

    Special guests Nicole Yarling, voice & violin

    John R. Palmer, electric guitar

    Eric Cabalo, classical guitar

    Student singers

    Performing the music of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Billy Joel, Neil Young, Thomas Dolby and more!

    Doug Leibinger, director

    SSU Jazz Studies Director Doug Leibinger grew up in the 70’s and early 80’s in suburban Chicago, where he and his mother, Violet, spent countless hours listening to the radio and LPs. Violet passed away six years ago from complications of early onset Alzheimer’s...View Event Details

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Jazz Combo

    Jazz Combo Concert

    Schroeder Hall

    Jazz Combo Concert

    Kicking off Jazz Week. Program details to come. Jazz Week Ticket package Oct 16, 17, 18: pick any two for $10. All 3 for $15. View Event Details

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Swedish saxophonist and composer Orjan Hulten

    Jazz Guest Artist: Örjan Hultén and Orion

    Weill Hall

    Composer and saxophonist Örjan Hultén’s band Orion features four of Sweden’s top musicians, each of them well-known and celebrated as musicians and bandleaders in their own right.

    Orion is an extraordinary band with the ability to combine various of musical styles in a concept of modern jazz. In his compositions Hultén moves effortlessly across boundaries and musical genres. Here and there Middle Eastern and Balkan traits can be heard while one can distinguish traces from Wayne Shorter or Joni Mitchell in other parts.

    Örjan Hultén, saxophones Torbjörn Gulz, piano Filip Augustson, bass Peter Danemo, drums

    “This is powerful,...View Event Details

    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

    SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

    Weill Hall

    The public is invited to this free lunchtime concert provided by the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble as part of the 7th Annual Jazz Day.

    SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble Doug Leibinger and George Marsh, directors

    Kasey Knudsen, saxophone Daniel Gianola-Norris, trumpet Doug Leibinger, trombone Randy Vincent, guitar Ken Cook, piano Cliff Hugo, bass George Marsh, drums Kendrick Freeman, percussion

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    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Doug Leibinger directs the SSU Jazz Orchestra

    Jazz Week Closing Concert: Jazz Orchestra & Guests

    Weill Hall

    JAZZ WEEK Closing Concert: Jazz Orchestra & Guests

    Program information to be announced.View Event Details

    Thursday, December 6, 2018

    Jazz combo

    Jazz Combo Concert

    Schroeder Hall

    Performers and musical selections will be announced at a later date.View Event Details

    Friday, December 7, 2018

    SSU Jazz Orchestra

    SSU Jazz Orchestra

    Weill Hall

    Doug Leibinger leads the Jazz program's flagship ensemble, the SSU Jazz Orchestra in Big Band standards and modern jazz ensemble repertoire. Program details to be released.View Event Details

    Tuesday, March 12, 2019

    Drummer in a Jazz Combo

    Jazz Combo Concert

    Schroeder Hall

    Program details to come.View Event Details

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    musical manuscript

    Faculty Composers Concert

    Schroeder Hall

    The music faculty boasts many active composers who write music in all genres, from art song and musical theatre to contemporary Classical, Jazz and avant-garde. This annual celebration of original music draws top classical and jazz performers from throughout the North Bay.

    Program details to come.View Event Details

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019


    Jazz Combo Concert

    Schroeder Hall

    Program details to comeView Event Details