ELAC Jazz Band Performance Powerful and Lively

By Jorge Vazquez The ELAC Jazz Band held a concert on May 12, 2017 in the S2 Building. Admission was free and snacks were sold in the lobby. Though the Jazz performance was free, patrons were encouraged to donate to the music program afterwards. Despite never being to that venue, the ELAC Jazz Band was welcoming to regulars and newcomers alike. Upon entering, the 17 band members were already playing…

May 17, 2017

Dawson revisits old jazz for First Friday Jazz

By Johanna Calderon Robert “Bob” Dawson revisits old jazz with the Jazz Band at the First Friday Jazz Series on May 6 in the S2 recital hall.   Dawson wanted to bring some of the old jazz back in the concert and had some of the audience members dancing in their seats. “(I was trying to) get a classic jazz song with a really good icon arrangement. I featured people from the band and wrote a song for…

May 10, 2016

David Torres Quintet entertains First Friday Jazz audience

By Danny Vasquez With Latin influences and an upbeat tempo, The David Torres Quintet kicked off the First Friday Jazz series of March with a rhythmic latin flare in the S2 Recital Hall last Friday night. The quintet began the evening’s performance with an upbeat number called “Siempre(Forever),” which brought a dance quality of latin jazz to the quintet and an authentic upbeat vibe from the sounds of percussionist Alfred…

March 6, 2013

First friday jazz series kicks off with East Los Angeles jazz quintet

By Sergio Berrueta The new spring season of East Los Angeles College’s First Friday Jazz Series kicked off with the East L.A. Jazz Quintet coming into their own to provide jazz at its finest. After a fifteen minute late start, the quintet played a freeform jazz improv to start off with the Music Department and ELAC professor Bob Dawson performing a masterful performance on the trombone. Justo Almario, a music…

February 11, 2013

East LA College First Friday Jazz Series ends with sweet sounds of soul

By Sergio Berrueta       The East Los Angeles College First Friday Jazz Series ended with a concert bang with the ELAC Jazz Band finally taking the spotlight. Music Director and instructor Bob Dawson led the band kicking off with the Buddy Rich classic “Monitor Theme,” which set the tone for the night. The night was filled with rousing songs from classic jazz standards, blues, R&B and funk. Dawson…

December 5, 2012

Jazz band ends semester on a good note

By Ariana Renteria The East Los Angeles Jazz band ends their last jazz concert for the spring semester with great potential.  The band waited on stage as the lights faded down, the blue mood lights faded up and Director Bob Dawson walked on stage sporting a black suit and a yellow tie. The band came together last Friday.  Dawson began tapping his foot and the band began their first piece very…

May 9, 2012

Instructor brings rhythm to recital hall

By Dulce Carillo Smooth urban jazz music and laughs from Bob Dawson’s jokes were what came to be from the First Friday Jazz Concert at the Recital Hall in S2. The East Los Angeles Jazz Quintet are five incredible musicians who have known each other for years and call each other brothers that headlined the semester’s first concert event. Justo Almario plays the sax and clarinet, Ramon Banda,  drums, Guillermo Guzman,…

February 29, 2012