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Student composers to headline final CSUB jazz concert for 2013-14

Concert precedes professional recording session

The CSU Bakersfield Jazz Ensemble presents its final concert event of the year on Saturday June 7, 2014 at 8pm in the CSUB Doré Theatre. The concert will feature small and large jazz ensembles under the direction of CSUB music instructors, Jim Scully and Doug Davis.

The CSUB Small Jazz Ensembles will present music by student-composers Alejandro Arvizu, Tony Rinaldi and Jay Smith, as they prepare to go into the studio to record a new CSUB Jazz album. Joining the talented trio will be Cameron Poehner on drums, James Russell on saxes, Nicole Dandy on guitar, James Dandy on basses, and others. The group is recording in mid-June as a result of a University Research Grant applied for and awarded to Scully to support the creation of student compositions with a professional recording. Scully and Davis will serve as Executive Producers on the album.

The CSUB Jazz Ensemble will present three original student works for large jazz ensemble as well as music by Jim Cifelli, Kenny Dorham and Aaron Lington. CSUB student works are: “Kinda Blue?” by Alejandro Arvizu, “Hipness Sickness” by Tony Rinaldi, and “The End” by Jay Smith. Soloists will include Arvizu, Rinaldi, Smith as well as James Russell, Martin Mejia, Cameron Poehner, John Luevano, Rebecca Spickler and others.

CSUB Music again welcomes Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center as sponsoring partners. The continuation of guest artist programs would not be possible without their continued generous support. Doors open at 7:30 pm and tickets are available at the door for $10/general; $5/seniors; all student with ID. For more information, please visit

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