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From Jazz Combo to Big Band

Concert to showcase East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars

East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars, with 20 members who perform in a Jazz Combo and in a Big Band, are giving a concert March 9. (Contributed photo)

The East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars will return to the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore at 7 p.m. next Saturday (March 9) under the leadership of director Spencer Sussman. The All-Stars include more than 20 high school musicians from throughout the East Bay, selected through a competitive audition process.

The musicians perform in a Jazz Combo and in a Big Band. The Jazz Combo will open the evening, featuring music by Miles Davis, as well as several arrangements by Sussman. The Big Band will then perform an eclectic variety of big band music including jazz standards sung by Bette Midler, well-known originals by Charles Mingus, and modern big band compositions by contemporary composers.

Refreshments will be available for purchase during the event.

"Offering students in our community the chance to experience and explore the arts is an important part of what we are about," said Scott Kenison, executive director of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, which sponsors the outreach program.

East Bay Jazz was founded in 2016 by Sussman, a Pleasanton native and a graduate of Amador Valley High School, who is a tenor/bass trombonist and composer. He holds a master's degree in jazz studies from San Jose State University and has performed worldwide.

The East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars have performed throughout the Bay Area including at the San Jose Jazz Festival and California Jazz Conservatory. Members have gone on to pursue advanced music studies at Berklee College of Music, UCLA, UC Irvine and more.

Tickets for the performance are $15 regular, $10 students. Visit or call 373-6800. Bothwell Arts Center is located at 2466 Eighth St. in Livermore.

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