Popular jazz trumpeter Marvin McFadden, above, will perform with the Cal State East Bay Jazz Orchestra in a benefit concert at Yoshi's in Jack London Square on March 10.
Two of the Bay Area’s most popular trumpeters and jazz musicians – Marvin McFadden and Mike Olmos – will perform at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 10 with Cal State East Bay’s Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Mitch Butler, for the 15th annual concert to benefit the university’s Music Department Scholarship and Special Events Fund.
The concert takes place at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland’s Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, in Oakland. Tickets for the Yoshi’s benefit are $20 per person in advance, and can be purchased online at http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/4115. Information is available online at http://music.csueastbay.edu/yoshis_fundraiser.php and by calling (510) 885-3167. Yoshi’s is located at 510 Embarcadero West in Oakland.
McFadden has been in demand as a lead trumpet player since 1980 because of his versatility in varied genres. His credits include performing with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Rosemary Clooney, Santana, Hammer, Natalie Cole, Maureen McGovern, Barry Manilow, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, the San Francisco Symphony and The Temptations.
Also a versatile trumpeter, Olmos has appeared at countless festivals, including the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and Stuttgart Jazz Open. He tours and records with Blues/R&B legend Etta James, having performed with Clooney, The Glide Ensemble, Lavay Smithy, Marcus Shelby, Michael Feinstein, Brass Mafia, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, and Howard Tate.
Butler is in his first year as a CSUEB assistant professor of music and director of the university's Jazz Studies program. It strives to provide students with a deep understanding of the history, culture and performances practices of jazz and improvised music in order to give them the tools to pursue their individual artisitc growth and creative exploration. The Music Department's undergraduate jazz program combines classroom-based courses in jazz theory and composition, arranging, and improvisation techniques with one-on-one instruction. Students learn from top Bay Area jazz and classical faculty and get performance and recording opportunities in several large and small ensembles.