Renowned Musicians to Perform at CSUEB Dec. 1-2

  • November 13, 2008
  • MEDIA CONTACT: Diane Daniel; Publicist; College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; (510) 885-3183

Erik JekabsonJazz trumpeter and Fresh Sound/New Talent recording artist Erik Jekabson will join two California State University, East Bay big bands for a 7:30 p.m. jazz concert Monday, Dec. 1 in the University Theatre on CSUEB's Hayward Campus, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.

One night later (Tuesday, Dec. 2), jazz trombonist and Grammy award recipient Doug Beavers will join the CSUEB Jazz Ensemble for a 7:30 p.m. performance in the University Theatre. The concert also will feature a performance by the Berkeley Jazzschool Studio Big Band, under the direction of Keith Johnson.

A rising star in the national jazz scene, Jekabson has recorded or performed with Illinois Jacquet, the Woody Herman Big Band, John Mayer, Galactic, Mark Turner, Brian Blade, and Nicholas Payton, among others. He has performed with his own ensembles at the DeYoung Museum, Jazz at Pearl's, Pacifica Performances, the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival, the Jazzschool, and the Red Poppy Art House.

Jekabson will join CSUEB's Jazz Workshop and Jazz Band big bands under the direction of Johannes Wallmann and Dann Zinn in a performance of classic and contemporary jazz compositions by Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, Bob Berg, and others.

Beavers is among the most in-demand trombonists in contemporary jazz, having performed, toured, and recorded with world-class musicians such as Eddie Palmieri (La Perfecta II, Ritmo Caliente, Listen Here), Rosemary Clooney (Sentimental Journey, The Last Concert), the Mingus Big Band, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval, Brian Culbertson, Pete Escovedo and many others. His work on Palmieri's star-studded release of Listen Here resulted in a 2006 Grammy award.

Doug BeaversThe trombonist will join the CSUEB Jazz Ensemble in a performance of contemporary big band music by Jim McNeely (Village Vanguard Orchestra), Bob Brookmeyer (New Art Orchestra), and others. Directed by Johannes Wallmann, the CSUEB Jazz Ensemble is the university's flagship big band. The ensemble performs prolifically on campus and at festivals throughout the region, has toured Europe and Brazil, and recently recorded several tracks at Skywalker Ranch for the CD "Music @ East Bay."
Tickets are $7general admission, $5 for youth and seniors, and free to those with a CSUEB ID card. For more information and to find out about other upcoming performances, visit or call (510) 885-3167.

The CSUEB music department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, including concentrations in performance, composition, and jazz studies. The department's performance ensembles include an orchestra, symphonic band, three choirs, opera workshop, three big bands, four small jazz ensembles, as well as percussion, guitar, trumpet, trombone, and piano ensembles.

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

A campus parking fee of $5 per vehicle per day is enforced at all times. Machines in lots take dollars and quarters.


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