PeruJazz receives standing ovation, plays encore

October 12, 2016

By Brooke Gemina  PeruJazz received a standing ovation and demands for an encore after its performance Friday night in the S2 Recital Hall. The band dove right into performing after Robert Dawson, who is the Music Department Chair, introduced them. “I had to write a letter to Lima, (Peru),” Dawson said. PeruJazz is an underwritten band, meaning that the Peruvian government subsidizes their income. Dawson wrote a letter to Lima outlining…

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Famed performers to star in First Friday Jazz

By Elizabeth Toy The Music Department is preparing for the arrival of Justo Almario and Abraham Laboriel, two famed jazz instrumentalists who will star in the First Friday Jazz Series Nov. 6. Listeners can look forward to a fusion of Cuban, Afro, Improvisational jazz as well as jazz standards, American funk and modal jazz. “During the evening (Laboriel and Almario) will introduce music from their native countries of Mexico and…

October 28, 2015
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News Briefs March 18, 2015

Correction The men’s basketball team made history going to the state championship finals, not the playoffs in “men’s basketball.”   Baker 2 Vegas A fundraiser for the Baker 2 Vegas Run will be held by the H9 building today starting at 11 a.m. For more information visit bakervegas.com.   Recital The Music Department will hold a Classical Guitar Recital featuring David Jesus Ybarra March 23 at noon in the S2…

March 21, 2015
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First Friday Jazz concert series ends year on festive note

December 10, 2014

By Sergio Berrueta The East Los Angeles College Jazz Band rocked the final First Friday Jazz Concert of the season with an eclectic mix of big band jazz numbers and classic Christmas standards  Friday at the S2 Recital Hall. Led by Music Department chair Robert Dawson, the band delighted the crowd in the midst of the chilly weather. The concert kicked off with the Christmas classic “Sleigh Ride.” It was…

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First Friday Jazz delivers solid sound

October 15, 2014

By Sergio Berrueta The Isaias Elpes Group began the First Friday Jazz Concert Series  exhilarating and fast-paced at the S2 Recital Hall this past Friday at East Los Angeles College. The main highlights of the performance were Greg Johnson, sounding off a series of tremendous highs and thrilling lows on the tenor sax, while Jimmy Branly jammed out on the drum kit. With the first song, “Start Again,” the band…

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Music Department swings into spring

By Sergio Berrueta East Los Angeles College’s Music Department is back in full swing for the Spring semester to offer the sounds of jazz, orchestra, band and vocals. Starting March 26, the Music Department will be presenting their Student Recitals. These recitals showcase the talents of students and individuals in the vocal fields to display their range. This series occurs every month on a Wednesday at 12 p.m. with future…

March 12, 2014
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ELAC band leader brings music to campus

By Gabriela Chavez From working as a band director and applied music instructor at Cerritos College, Jesus “Chuy” Martinez gradually became a full-time teacher at East Los Angeles College. This professor of music completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music with an emphasis in jazz, from the University of Southern California. Martinez worked for seven years as the band director for the marching band, concert percussion ensemble, beginning strings, orchestra,…

May 16, 2012
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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
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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
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