BLUE JAY JAZZ 2018 FUNDRAISER ON JUNE 28!
The award-winning Cal State University San Bernardino jazz ensemble is gearing up to play its inaugural concert in Lake Arrowhead on Thursday, June 28.
The high-energy group under the direction of Dr. Bob Knop is made up of undergraduate students representing such diverse majors as Music, Liberal Arts, Education, Business, and English. The ensemble prides itself on performing various jazz styles including swing, funk, Latin, as well as ballads.
Performances have included appearances at various regional jazz festivals including the Western States Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, and the Oceanside Jazz Festival.
This is a step back in time to the “Roaring Twenties” said Dr. Ernie Levister, a member of the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation board of directors. “We’re tipping the hat to Chicago style jazz and blues when gangsters ruled the city and ‘speakeasies,’ jam sessions at the hangout ‘The Three Deuces, straw hats, Model A Fords and a new dance called the Charleston were all the rage.”
“Chicago was the heart of jazz and blues, behind the tremendous talents of Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, and many others,” added BJJF’s Wayne Austin. “The Windy City rightly became the hub of a range of styles from traditional and swing to be-bop.”
The concert is a fundraiser supporting the Foundation’s music education programs including its Adopt an Instrument free student lending library and Future Generation Music Scholarship.
BJJF 2018 scholarship winner Gavin Harris will perform an original composition at the event.
“We’re shaking things up a bit,” said Austin. “Come dressed ‘Roaring Twenties’ style, dust off those straw hats and flapper styles and come out for a cool night of jazz and blues supporting mountain school children.”
Arrowhead Lake Association’s Burnt Mill Beach Club, 27910 Lakes Edge Road, Lake Arrowhead. Tickets are $35 at the door. 5:30-8:30 pm, hors d’oeuvres, bring your own bottle.
RSVP to Wayne Austin at email@example.com.