All-Star student ensemble to give free courtyard performance

By From page A9 | March 15, 2013

Jazz fans can enjoy a free outdoor concert in the Mondavi Center’s outdoor Corin Courtyard on Tuesday, March 19, as a lead-in to a performance indoors by the Jazz for Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Featured at the outdoor event will be the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars — a seven-person ensemble that includes guitarist Noah Wolfe from Davis High School, as well as several students from Rio Americano High School in Sacramento. They are pianist Joey Cozza, drummer Paul Slater, trumpeter Jeric Rocamora, alto sax player Emery Mesich, tenor sax player Lucas Bere and bassist Emma Simpson.

The All-Stars will perform with the Capital Jazz Project from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. that evening in the Mondavi Center’s Corin Courtyard, preceding the 8 p.m. performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The All-Stars were selected by a panel of judges during a closed audition last fall at the Mondavi Center. Participants in the final audition were selected following open auditions in September.

The ensemble will then go on to perform on Saturday, March 30, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the new SFJAZZ Center with members of the San Francisco SFJAZZ High School All Stars and members of the SFJAZZ Collective sitting in.

“I’m really excited about the opening of the new SFJAZZ Center, and what it means for the whole jazz community, and so proud of our connections to the SFJAZZ organization,” said Jeremy Ganter, associate executive director and director of programming for the Mondavi Center.

“The All-Stars have once again worked exceptionally hard to live up to their namesake. Capping off their year at the SFJAZZ Center should be a phenomenal experience.”

Jeff Hudson

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