Jazz Studies - Annual Cal State East Bay Jazz Festival

32nd Annual Cal State East Bay Jazz Festival

2017 Festival Information

The 32nd Annual Cal State East Bay Jazz Festival is scheduled for April 7 & 8, 2017.  

This year's guest artist is prolific composer—arranger—conductor Vince Mendoza.

The Cal State East Bay Jazz Festival is non-competitive and open to all levels; middle school, high school, college and community bands are eligible for entry. The festival encourages and engages participants through interactive learning and playing. Each participating band has a 1/2 hour warmup time followed by a 45-minute time slot at their performance site. That 45 minutes can be used any way the director wants, and is most helpfully worked out where the participating band plays for 20-25 minutes their planned set (usually 3 tunes). During that time, the adjudicators will be sitting in the audience area speaking their comments into a recorder. When the band's set is done, the remaining time is used for the interactive clinic with the adjudicators who will be demonstrating the concepts they wish to convey with the bands.


April 7 & 8, 2017


CSU East Bay Music Department

Guest Artist Information

Special Guest Artist Jazz Arranger Vince Mendoza 2017 Guest Artist
Vince Mendoza

Vince Mendoza has been at the forefront of the Jazz and contemporary music scene as a composer, conductor and recording artist for the last 20 years. According to All About Jazz Mendoza “daringly expands the vernacular by including elements of abstract impressionism, romanticism and a highly unorthodox palette to position him as the clear and natural successor to the late Gil Evans.” He has written scores of compositions and arrangements for big band, extended compositions for chamber and symphonic settings while his jazz composing credits read like a “who's who” of the best modern instrumentalists and singers in the world today. Mendoza was recognized as 'Best Composer/Arranger' by Swing Journal's critics poll in Japan. His CD Epiphany features his compositions played by the London Symphony Orchestra. El Viento and Jazzpaña further pushed the boundaries of Jazz and Flamenco Music. His album, Nights on Earth features Mendoza compositions arranged for small and large ensembles, with guest appearances by Luciana Souza, Malian vocalist Tom Diakite, and musicians from Spain, Africa, and Brazil. Mendoza’s most recent concertino for trumpet, New York Stories was recently premiered by The Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

Mendoza's arranging has appeared on many critically acclaimed projects that include dozens of albums with song writing legends such as Björk, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Sting and Joni Mitchell. He has 6 Grammy awards and 29 nominations.

Mendoza is the composer in residence with the West Deutsche Rundfunk big band in Koln. He is also the Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Metropole Orkest of which he was Chief Conductor for 9 seasons. In addition, he appears frequently as a guest conductor with orchestras throughout Europe, the U.S., Japan, Scandinavia, and the U.K.

Mendoza has also written commissioned compositions and arrangements for the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Metropole Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl, West Deutsche Rundfunk, The Czech National Symphony and the BBC. His music was featured at the Berlin Jazz Festival . He has performed at the Monterey, Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals.

Further information and discography available online at www.vincemendoza.net

Contact Information

For any questions please contact mrc@csueastbay.edu or call 510-885-3167

Concert Information

Concert performance Friday, April 7, will feature guest artist Vince Mendoza, and the CSU East Bay Jazz Orchestra.
Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre

Band Adjudication / Clinic Information

Performances and adjudications of local middle school, high school, college and community bands will take place on Saturday, April 8 in the University Theatre (Stage A) and the Studio Theatre (Stage B). This event is open to the public and will run from 8:30am-3:15pm on Stage A, and from 8:30am-12:15pm on Stage B. Individual instrumental clinics and an event with our guest artist will also take place following the afternoon adjudications. Visit our schedule page for the most up-to-date information.

Ticketing Information

Open to the public

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