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Dave Eshelman headlines CSUEB music fundraiser at Yoshi's


Professor Emeritus Dave Eshelman returns to raise funds for music scholarship.

  • February 4, 2011

Trombonist, composer and arranger Dave Eshelman will headline Cal State East Bay’s 12th Annual “Night of Jazz” scholarship fundraiser March 14 at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Jack London Square, Oakland.

The concert will include music by all of the CSUEB jazz ensembles, under the direction of Assistant Professor Johannes Wallmann. Net profits from the two shows, at 8 and 10 p.m., will go to the CSUEB Music Scholarship and Special Events Funds.

A professor emeritus of music at Cal State East Bay with more than 40 years of performance work, Eshelman has just been voted into the California Alliance for Jazz Hall of Fame for 2011.

"Eshelman is a wonderful trombonist, an innovative and sophisticated arranger/composer, and a giant in California's jazz education scene. I'm thrilled that a new generation of CSU East Bay students will get a chance to work and play with him at this concert," said Wallmann, who took over as uUniversity director of jazz studies when Eshelman retired in 2007.

Eshelman’s music has been performed by the bands of Joe Henderson, Don Ellis,Bill Watrous, and Stan Kenton, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Airmen of Note and hundreds of school bands around the world.

Eshelman has performed as featured soloist with Joe Henderson, Tito Puente, Gerald Wilson, Ray Brown, and the Full Faith and Credit Big Band, and he continues to record, compose and perform with his quintet and quartet at venues throughout the Bay Area.

Dave Nathan at said of Eshelman, “(he) is one of the foremost champions of creative and modern big band music in the United States.” 

Tickets to the benefit concert are $25 in advance and $30 at the door for the early show, and $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for students at the door, for the later show. Reservations are available at or at (510) 238-9200. For information, call (510) 885-3167. Those wishing to provide greater scholarship sponsorship are encouraged to go to  

CSUEB welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please notify event sponsor at (510) 885-3167 well in advance if accommodation is needed.

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