PST to ACDA

Pacific Standard Time has been selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association 2015 Conference in Salt Lake City. This is their second consecutive invitation to the ACDA National Conference.

Dan Kaneyuki Signs with RS Berkeley

Alumnus Dan Kaneyuki has been signed as a RS Berkeley Artist. S Berkeley has an extensive philanthropic history. They have partnered with Jazz at Lincoln Center Education Department; VH1 Save The Music; Horns to Havana; Jazz House Kids; Litchfield Performing Arts; The Artists Collective; Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI) Community Music School; New York Jazz Academy; New Jersey Youth Jazz Orchestra; and the Show Choir National Championship Series.

Ren Geisick in SanJoseJazz.org

Alumna Ren Geisick was featured on SanJoseJazz.org. She will be singing a tribute to Nina Simone and as part of Free Jazz Wednesdays  in San Jose.

In the article, she credit Christine Guter with much of her success. “She taught me so much about technique and about the voice, being emotional in delivery but not crying or anything.  I would sometimes get overly emotional, and she would say “You can’t do that, because what you’re doing is becoming a vessel for the music. You’re giving [the audience] the opportunity to feel the emotions. If you get emotional to the point that you can’t deliver that performance, then you’re taking away from them their ability to be in the moment and to feel whatever you’re trying to get them to feel.” She was just really an amazing teacher.”

Vocalogy on Tour

Vocalogy (with Christine and Gerhard Guter) will work with students and present workshops at the Mansfield University (Pennsylvania) annual vocal jazz festival on Thursday, May 1. They will also perform at the Niles North Vocal Jazz Festival in Skokie, IL, on April 26.

Huge Wins at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival

CJO and PST competed at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival on Sunday, March 30. Alumnus Justin Padilla’s Oak Middle School Big Band was also one of the finalists invited to compete.

Three BCCM students were named Outstanding Soloists at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival 2014: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda (that’s one half of the total number of Outstanding Soloists!).

Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Jarvis, finished second in a highly competitive College Big Band Division.

Pacific Standard Time, under the direction of Christine Guter, won the College Vocal Jazz Division and will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

Justin Padilla: Los Alamitos Unified School District Teacher of the Year

Alumnus Justin Padilla (saxophone, BM instrumental music and MM) music instructor at Oak Middle School was selected as the 2014  Los Alamitos Unified  School District Teacher of the Year.

For the third year, his jazz ensemble was selected as one of six in the nation to perform in the Next Generation Educational Branch of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

With over 200 students in his music program, Justin welcomes Cole student teachers and observers.

Jazz at the Beach at Monterey Next Gen

Three BCCM students were named Outstanding Soloists at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival 2014: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda.

Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Jarvis, finished second in a highly competitive College Big Band Division.

Pacific Standard Time, under the direction of Christine Guter, won the College Vocal Jazz Division and will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

Maria Shafer Finalist in International Jazz Vocal Competition

Maria Shafer is one of only two Americans among 20 international vocal finalists in a jazz competition in Latvia. The Riga Jazz Stage 2014 takes place April 2-6 in Riga, Latvia, the European Capital of Culture for 2014. The judges are Raimonds Pauls (Latvian composer), Magnus Palmquist (artistic director of Stockholm Jazz Festival), China Moses (American jazz singer) among many others.

James Yoshizawa in Jonathan Rowden Group

Alumnus James Yoshizawa drums for the Jonathan Rowden Group, a modern jazz quartet that just got signed to Orenda Records. They just recorded our debut album at the famous Sunset Sound studios and will be touring in late May to Portland, Seattle, and the Bay Area with a final stop at the Blue Whale in LA for a CD release concert.

Photo by Eron Rauch

Alumni and Faculty back Arturo Sandoval Benefit

Arturo Sandoval performed a benefit concert at he at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Feb 15.

The powerhouse trumpet section for the Arturo Sandoval Big Band included alumni Wayne Bergeron and Gary Gopar, adjunct instructor Dan Fornero, and Gary Grant and Jeff Bunnell.

All proceeds from the show were donated to the Glendale Educational Foundation and Glendale Arts — two organizations that promote the arts and music education among local students.