El Camino College to Present Sixth Annual Jazz Festival
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El Camino College to Present Sixth Annual Jazz Festival

El Camino College’s Center for the Arts, the Fine Arts Division and Jazz @ El Camino College will present a daylong series of musical performances and workshops in Marsee Auditorium on May 11. 

The Sixth Annual Jazz Festival brings together students from both high school and college levels, along with faculty, professional musicians and members of the community, for an opportunity to connect, share and celebrate jazz music. Eminent drummer and percussionist Alex Acuña (Weather Report) will be the featured guest artist this year.

The festival begins at 3 p.m. on the Marsee Auditorium stage with a concert by California State University, Northridge’s Jazz Nonet, directed by Michael Mull. At 4 p.m., Acuña will conduct a two-hour master class. Up to five students from El Camino College and area high schools will be selected through an audition process to work with Acuña individually. 

At 6 p.m., the festival moves to the Marsee Auditorium South Patio, where ECC student jazz combos will perform. Complimentary pizzas and drinks will be provided to registered attendees.

At 7:30 p.m., the Gala Concert begins in Marsee Auditorium with a set featuring Acuña and El Camino College’s Concert Jazz Band, directed by Alan Chan. The program will include Acuña’s composition “El Madero,” along with guest performers – ECC alumnus woodwind player Anibal Seminario, applied guitar faculty member Matt Greif and applied drum set faculty member Dean Koba. The second half of the concert includes a High School Jazz Band Showcase, featuring performances by bands from area high schools. 

The Chris Mello Memorial Scholarship will also be presented during the concert to a deserving El Camino College student. 

The Sixth Annual Jazz Festival is possible through support from various organizations. The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation made a generous donation of $2,000 toward sponsoring Alex Acuña. Jazz Education Network sponsored $300 under the Jazz2U grant program, funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation. 

Daytime events are free. Gala Concert tickets are $5 for high school students who present ID and purchase tickets at the Marsee Auditorium Ticket Office; one ticket per high school student. General admission tickets for adults are $10 and may be purchased online at www.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://bit.do/ecc-jazz 

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El Camino College’s Sixth Annual Jazz Festival on May 11 features a daylong series of musical performances and workshops designed to bring people together to connect, share and celebrate jazz music.
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Renowned drummer and percussionist Alex Acuña will be the featured guest artist at El Camino College’s Sixth Annual Jazz Festival on May 11.
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April 16, 2019