Jazz band gets audience swinging for holiday celebration

by Elizabeth Toy   The East Los Angeles College Jazz Band kindled the spirit of the holiday season at the Jazz Christmas Celebration Friday in the S-2 Recital Hall. Chair of the Music Department Robert Dawson opened the night with a bold and cheeky rendition of  “Angels We Have Heard on High,” arranged by Ralph Carmichael. Dawson conducted the jazz band through various songs from the three categories of Christmas…

December 9, 2015

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

First Friday Jazz concert series ends year on festive note

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…

December 10, 2014

ELAC jazz festival entertains audience

By Justine Quintana A lively performance by Caleb Quaye and the Faculty had the audience at the Performing and Fine Arts Center on the edge of their seats last Friday night. The event showcased talented musicians playing a wide range of music from the band’s original songs to covers such as “The Ocean” by Led Zeppelin. The set of 14 songs drew in a 40-plus crowd for the intimate performance, keeping…

November 9, 2011