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Rory Snyder's Night Jazz Band with the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
May 13, 2014
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars directed by Paul Contos
Tuesday, May 13
The Night Jazz Band, formerly known as the Diablo Valley College Night Jazz Band, was considered as one of the top Community College evening jazz ensembles in California, and one of the longest running at 41+ years. The band is now a private pro band that plays at local clubs like Yoshi’s and Armando’s, and concerts at colleges and other schools in the area. The group achieved a top-notch reputation by winning or placing high in the Pacific Coast Collegiate and Reno Jazz Festivals many times. The Night Jazz Band has recorded 3 CDs, the first featuring Phil Woods and the second featuring Toshiko Akiyoshi. The latest release is DVC Jazz Live at Yoshi’s w/ Bob Mintzer, which is available on Amazon. For more info visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/nightjazzband.
The band has performed with a stellar list of great guest artists including Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Wayne Bergeron, Bill Watrous, Bruce Forman, Bobby Hutcherson, Don Menza, John Clayton, Gordon Goodwin, Ed Shaughnessy, Grant Geissman, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Wallace, Tom Politzer and more.
All of the musicians in The Night Jazz Band are top notch professional players, and some are school music and private lesson teachers. Many of them have played in the band for years, leading to a very tight band with a unique and distinctive sound and reputation. The group plays a wide variety of big band musical styles from classic to modern, including charts from many of the top big bands in jazz history – Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich – and current top bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Maria Schneider, Charles Mingus, the Vanguard Orchestra and more. The Night Jazz Band is available for hire for any occasion, including reduced prices for shared school concert fundraisers. Just contact Rory Snyder at 925-284-8526 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rory Snyder is a Professor Emeritus from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill where he was Director of Jazz Studies for 21 years. For 16 years prior to that he was the Director of Bands at Homestead High School and Jazz Director at Santa Clara University. He earned a B.A. from UCLA and an M.M. from the University of Northern Colorado. Rory is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, honor band director, and guest artist throughout the west. He plays saxes and flute and was just inducted into the California Alliance for Jazz Hall of Fame.
SF JAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra
Directed by esteemed educator and performer Paul Contos, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra is comprised of 26 of the finest young Bay Area jazz musicians, selected annually by competitive audition. The ensemble has appeared at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Spring Season, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition, Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Jazz Education Network Conference. The rewards are evident in their "dynamite" (JazzTimes) performances, which give “testimony to the continuing persistence of the creative spirit” (Los Angeles Times). "These kids are amazing," wrote the San Jose Mercury News, "jazz has a future!" Paul Contos has been involved in jazz performance and education for over 40 years. His mentoring and teaching have touched hundreds of lives. His work for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Education Program since the 1980s as Saxophone Clinician and Director of both The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Monterey County All-Stars is distinguished and thoroughly comprehensive.