El Camino College to Present Fifth Annual ECC Jazz Festival, “¡Fiesta de Jazz!”
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El Camino College to Present Fifth Annual ECC Jazz Festival, “¡Fiesta de Jazz!”

El Camino College’s Center for the Arts, the Fine Arts Division and the Jazz Program at El Camino College will present the Fifth Annual ECC Jazz Festival, “¡Fiesta de Jazz!” on May 5, a daylong event of musical performances and workshops.

“¡Fiesta de Jazz!” invites students from the high school and college level, along with faculty, professional musicians and members of the community, to connect, share and celebrate jazz music. The Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, co-founded by El Camino College alumnus Anibal Seminario and saxophonist Lorenzo Ferrero, will be the featured artist this year. 

The festival opens at 3 p.m. with a concert by the Concert Jazz Band, ECC’s flagship jazz big band. At 4 p.m., ECC applied music faculty members Larry Steen (bass) and Mark Massey (piano) will give a clinic about their careers as rhythm section musicians. Starting at 5 p.m., Seminario and Ferrero will offer an hour-long clinic session about Afro-Peruvian rhythm and jazz.

At 6:30 p.m., participants are invited to the Marsee Auditorium South Patio where ECC student jazz combos will perform during the dinner hour. Tables and chairs will be set up, and a variety of food trucks will be parked in front of Marsee Auditorium with food and drinks for purchase.

The Evening Gala Concert set at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium concludes the event. The first half will include a Jazz Band Showcase concert featuring high school big bands that were selected through a call-for-bands. In addition, the Chris Mello Memorial Scholarship will be presented during the concert to a deserving ECC student. Following the intermission, the 19-piece Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra will perform an exciting set of original compositions. 

The Fifth Annual ECC Jazz Festival is possible through support from various organizations. The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation made a generous $1,000 donation to sponsor the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, in addition to three travel grants, a total of $750, which were awarded to ECC jazz students Ashley Crowe (voice), Montana Heater (guitar) and Jade Saffery (sax) to attend the Washington Women in Jazz Festival Young Artists Showcase in Washington, D.C. The Jazz Education Network also contributed $500 under the JAZZ2U grant program. 

Daytime events are free. Gala Concert tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for high school students who present ID at the box office. Tickets may be purchased online at centerforthearts.org, or by phone at 1-800-832-ARTS. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. El Camino College is located at 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance. Campus parking is $3. For more information about the ECC Jazz Program, view: http://www.elcamino.edu/academics/finearts/music/ensembles/instrumental/jazz.aspx.

March 26, 2018