The Los Altos High School Jazz Band is practicing for its annual guest artist concert with the award-winning Cal State Long Beach Jazz Ensemble, scheduled 7 p.m. March 29 in the Los Altos High’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.
In prior years, the school has hosted jazz musicians including Grammy Award winners Randy Brecker, Aaron Lington, Denis DiBlasio and John Worley. Cal State Long Beach is home to one of the premier college jazz programs in the country. The ensemble will be in the Bay Area to compete in the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Competition, an event the group has won on several occasions.
The concert will feature performances by the Cal State Long Beach Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Concert Jazz Orchestra, as well as Los Altos High’s Morning Jazz and Jazz ensembles.
“We have had the pleasure of hosting the CSLB ensembles in past years and have developed a great friendship with their director, Jeff Jarvis,” said Ted Ferrucci, Los Altos High music director. “It is always a lot of fun when we get together, and we all learn a lot. This is a fantastic opportunity for our kids to learn from one of the most respected jazz educators in the country. They also can listen and learn from the members of the CSLB ensembles. This gives them perspective on where their musicianship can take them as they transition into college.”
According to Ferrucci, the highlight of the evening will be the world premiere of a piece the Los Altos High Jazz Ensemble commissioned Jarvis to write for students. The piece, “Las Colinas,” is a salsa number that can teach students the tumbao rhythm (bass part) and the cascara rhythm, which occurs frequently in the drum part.
In addition to directing Cal State Long Beach’s Jazz Studies, Jarvis is part owner of Kendor Music Inc., the first educational music publisher to provide jazz charts written especially for students. Kendor Music will publish “Las Colinas” and distribute it worldwide. All published copies will include a special notice on the score and parts: “Commissioned by the Los Altos High School Jazz Ensemble, Los Altos, California, Ted Ferrucci, Director.”
Chipotle Mexican Grill at 1039 El Monte Ave. in Mountain View is partnering with the Los Altos High music program for a fundraiser. The restaurant will donate 50 percent of its profits from food and beverages sold 4:30-8:30 p.m. the night of the concert to the Los Altos High School Music Boosters. Diners should mention the Music Boosters fundraiser when paying.
Concert tickets are $8 adults, $5 students and seniors if purchased in advance, or $10 and $7 at the door.