Jazz aficionados have four unique opportunities for an extra encounter of some of the artists from the Village Jazz Series as they host clinics and performances on the Yuma campus of Arizona Western College.
“We have an opportunity to hear what top-notch professional jazz musicians sound like,” said Professor of Instrumental Music Shawn Pollard.
Each clinic’s artists represent a different “strain” of jazz. In addition to their sounds, they’ll be sharing tips and techniques for various aspects of jazz, improvisation and performing as well as answering any questions listeners may have.
Free and open to the public, the clinics will be held in Room MU 102 in the Music Building at AWC, located at 2020 S. Avenue 8E.
• JAN. 16 – The Danny Green Trio, led by jazz pianist Danny Green, will perform from 1:40 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. – the perfect lunch break activity, according to Pollard. The troupe is well-known amongst critics for its “enchanting mix” of jazz, classical and Brazilian rhythms.
• FEB. 20 – From 3:05 p.m. to 4:20 p.m., the Ron Kobayashi Trio – comprised of pianist and composer Ron Kobayashi, bassist Baba Elefante and drummer Steve Dixon – will share their style with listeners. According to Pollard, this performance will be of particular interest to high school and college-level pianists, bassists and drummers looking for some musical inspiration.
• FEB. 27 – Considered the nation’s foremost jazz performers for their respective instruments, flutist Holly Hofmann and guitarist Bruce Forman will pair up to deliver their own strain of jazz from 3:05 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
• MARCH 19 – To conclude the series of clinics, the Yuma Jazz Company – the “house band” for the Village Jazz Series – will deliver harmonies from 3:05 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
If you’ve always wanted to learn about the ins and outs of jazz, Pollard said these clinics are a great opportunity to ask questions and mingle with reputable performers – even if you aren’t an AWC music major.
“If they love jazz, they’ll get to hear it up-close and personal,” said Pollard.
For more information on the performers and the Village Jazz Series, visit yumajazz.com/village.