Jazz Studies - Annual CSUEB Jazz Festival

31st Annual CSU East Bay Jazz Festival

2016 Festival Information

Please note the updated start times of 8:00pm for our evening Jazz Festival concerts, April 14 and 15.

Our 31th Annual CSU East Bay Jazz Festival is scheduled for April 14, 15 & 16, 2016.  

This year's guest artists are trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and saxophonist Brad Leali.

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. Check back soon for more detailed information.


April 14, 15 & 16, 2016


CSU East Bay Music Department

Guest Artist Information

Special Guest Artist Jazz Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield 2016 Guest Artist
Jazz Trumpeter
Irvin Mayfield
Special Guest Artist Jazz Saxophonist Brad Leali 2016 Guest Artist
Jazz Saxophonist
Brad Leali

Irvin Mayfield, 37, is a Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist with 25 albums to his credit. Mayfield is the founding Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and currently serves as Jazz Artist in Residence for the Apollo Theater; he served as Artistic Director of Jazz for the Minnesota Orchestra from 2009-2015. In 2009, he entered into a historic partnership with the Royal Sonesta Hotel and created Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, which brought “Jazz back to Bourbon Street” in the historic French Quarter. Mayfield was nominated to the National Council on the Arts by President George W. Bush and was subsequently appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2010; he served through 2014. He also received The Chancellor’s Award from the University of New Orleans (the highest ranking award given to a professor) in 2010 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Dillard University in 2011. He and NOJO recently opened the first space built for Jazz in the city that created the music – The Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market.

A native of Denver, Brad Leali began playing saxophone in junior high school. It was while listening to his father's recordings of jazz masters such as Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley that he became intrigued with jazz. He attended the University of North Texas where he performed with the world renowned One O'clock Lab Band and played the Dallas scene with local tenor saxophone legends, James Clay and Marchel Ivery. After receiving his bachelor of Arts in music education, he was hired as the lead alto saxophonist for the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra and was appointed musical director five months later. It was on the road with Harry Connick, Jr. that Mr. Leali made his move to New York City. He is now a featured alto saxophone soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the leadership of Grover Mitchell. In 1999, the Count Basie Orchestra won a Grammy award for their CD, Count Plays Duke. On this recording, Brad was also nominated for a Grammy for his solo work on the classic Billy Strayhorn composition, 'The Star-Crossed Lovers.' He has performed nationally and internationally. A well-rounded musician, Mr. Leali has performed with such stellar musicians as Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Jimmy Cobb, Nancy Wilson, Frank Foster, Jon Hendricks, Roy Hargrove, The Mingus Big Band, Jack McDuff, George Duke, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith, and Melvin Rhyne among others.

Contact Information

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

Concert Information

Thursday night concert will feature guest artist Brad Leali, and the CSU East Bay Jazz Orchestra.
Friday night concert will feature guest artist Irvin Mayfield, and the CSU East Bay Jazz Orchestra.
Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. in the University Theatre

Ticketing Information

Open to the public

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