OCT. 11, 2000

CONTACT: Pat Wright, 661/664-22138, pwright@csub.edu



CSUB Jazz coffeehouse grinds onward


Jazz Coffeehouse features the Jazz Singers and compositions by Kyle Burnham, Darnell Gholston, Leon Jones, Jenny Maybee, and Kris Tiner, as well as jazz studies director, Doug Davis, Oct. 21 at the California State University, Bakersfield Student Union, 7:30 p.m.

Bassist Leon Jones will take center stage. According to Davis, Jones so impressed trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith when Smith made a guest appearance at a Jazz Coffeehouse performance last spring that he invited Jones to perform with him at the premier New York new music venue, the Knitting Factory.

According to Davis, "This club, which has been the most famous center of the New York new music scene for almost two decades, was planning to open new clubs in both Los Angeles and Berlin, streaming live feeds across the Internet in a worldwide network of the avant-garde, the outlandish, the cutting edge, and the esoteric.

"Thus, our Leon Jones, who has been lighting up our Coffeehouses with his charismatic funkifying ways, was headed to L.A. to initiate the center of the musically far-fetched here in the West," Davis said. Jones joined Smith's band of tuba, wooden flute, trumpet, two guitars, two basses, drums, and poet. Smith has agreed to join Jones in recording Jones' compositions.

At Jazz Coffeehouse, Jones will perform a set of traditional jazz tunes given a contemporary groove, accompanied by sax player Gerry Huggins. The second set will feature compositions by keyboardist Darnell Gholston. Finally, he will perform new compositions by Burnham, Davis, and Tiner.

The Jazz Singers will perform jazz classics made famous by Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, and the Real Group.

The concert is performed at the Student Union, beginning at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $6 and $4 for students. For more information, please call 661/664-3093.