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2014

February
A group of 17 young musicians from the Buena High School Jazz Band in Ventura will be performing for the Channel Cities Jazz Club on Feb 16th at the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club. Last time we had the pleasure of being entertained by them was at the Oxnard Elks Lodge in May of 2012, and entertain us they did! Under the leadership of their Music Director Daniel Algazy, they will be playing for us during the jam session portion of the afternoon's program which begins at 1pm, both as a big band and as a smaller combo. And I'm sure we will again be greatly entertained. Please come and support these fine young musicians and help us help them KEEP JAZZ ALIVE!


May
Focus on Youth
On May 18th we’re having yet another high school jazz band perform for us at the Yacht Club. It will be the Rio Mesa High Jazz Band with 6 members in the reed and brass sections, under the direction of their music teacher, Bruce Edmiston, who will also be playing piano. Our 2014 Sacramento Summer Jazz Camp Student, 17-year-old Consuelo Jimenez, will be playing in the sax section.
Because they are short in the rhythm section, our own Margie Palmer and Jim Wade have agreed to “sit in” on drums and bass, rounding out the rhythm section. As usual, they will be playing the 1st jam set beginning at 1 o’clock for about 30 minutes. Please come and enjoy these young musicians and help us help them KEEP JAZZ ALIVE!
~Jim Holbrook

December
Focus on Youth
In support of our ongoing mission “TO KEEP JAZZ ALIVE”, we will again be bringing some school jazz bands to perform for us. Starting January 2015, Buena High School in Ventura will again, bring their “Studio Jazz Band” to entertain CCJC. Their 14-piece group, under the direction of James Rumenapp, wowed us last year, and we expect no less this year.  For April 2015, CCJC has booked Cabrillo Middle School Jazz Band from Ventura under the leadership of Music Director Mario Boccali. We are attempting to book at least one more band and will keep you apprised.
Please come and enjoy the great music these groups provide
and help us to help them KEEP JAZZ ALIVE!




March
Focus on Youth
On February 16th, Buena High School Music Director Daniel Algazy brought his jazz band to the PCYC to perform for us, and although some of the tunes they played may not have been familiar to most of us, they did an excellent job. Perhaps we will have the pleasure of a future return engagement from them.
After they finished playing their set and the regular jam sets started, six of them, one each on piano, drums bass & sax, and two on trumpet, after being invited and encouraged to do so, decided to sit in. Getting to jam with accomplished older musicians was probably a new experience for most, if not all of these high school jazz band players, but they seemed to handle it well and apparently had a great time doing it. They've been invited back.
I’m still looking for candidates for this summer's Sacramento Youth Trad Jazz Camp, so if you know a young jazz musician between the ages of 12 & 18 who might be interested, please let me know right away. Time is getting very short to get the applications sent in.
Thanks.
~Jim Holbrook

June
Focus on Youth
As promised, the Rio Mesa High School Jazz Band came to perform for our Jazz Club members and guests on May 18th at the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club playing danceable tunes like “Take The A Train”, “Blue Skies”, “Fly Me to The Moon”, “It Don’t Mean a Thing“, etc. The six student members of the brass and reed sections plus their guitar player and led by their music teacher Bruce Edmiston, were joined by a rhythm section consisting of CCJC jammers Margie Palmer on drums, Jim Wade on bass and John Slais on piano. Thanks to all of them for a great job.
Please, everyone, remember that we’re always looking for school jazz bands to play for us on upcoming 3rd Sunday of the month dates, as well as future Sacramento Summer Youth Jazz Camp candidates.  These are just a couple of the things that we do to KEEP JAZZ ALIVE.  So, if you know anyone who might be interested, let’s talk.
~Jim Holbrook



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