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A Night of Jazz

Three jazz musician alumni are set to return to SDSU for an open-to-the-public performance.

Three of the finest jazz performers and alumni of SDSU’s jazz studies program will perform with the SDSU jazz ensemble Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall. Derek Cannon, Christopher Hollyday and Scott Kyle are among the leading jazz performers and educators in the Southern California area.

The program features works by Gordon Goodwin, George Stone, Pat Metheny and Johnny Mercer and Johnny Mandel among others. The SDSU jazz ensemble will be directed by Bill Yeager. The concert is open to the public, and tickets are available at www.sdsu.edu/musicdancetix for $15.

About the Performers

Derek Cannon, an accomplished trumpet performer and music educator, received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Music from SDSU and has maintained an active career that includes performances with Natalie Cole, Clark Terry, Hubert Laws, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and Jon Faddis. He has performed at The Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, The North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands, The Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, and The Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada.  Cannon is the Director of Jazz Studies at SDSU and Co-Chair of the Music Department at Grossmont College.

Christopher Hollyday, plays the saxophone and began performing publicly in 1983 in the Boston area at age thirteen as a member of his brother Richard’s quintet. In 1988 Hollyday headlined a week at the historic Village Vanguard in New York City and toured with Maynard Ferguson as a featured soloist in the trumpeter’s “60th Birthday Big Band.” Hollyday studied composition and larger ensemble arranging techniques at Berklee College of Music in Boston.  He completed his Master’s in Jazz Studies at SDSU and is a member of the Grossmont College music faculty.    

Trombonist Scott Kyle has played with many top jazz and pop performers, including Louie Bellson, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Sammy Nestico, and Clark Terry. Kyle’s CD, “Full Circle,” was released in 2005 and has been acclaimed by critics and received extensive airplay on many jazz stations around the country. Kyle earned his Master’s in Jazz Studies at SDSU, and now teaches jazz and plays regularly around San Diego.

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