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12th Annual Oceanside Jazz Festival at MiraCosta College



The jazz program at MiraCosta College will host more than 40 performing groups from schools and professional groups around the United States and Canada as part of the 12th Annual Oceanside Jazz Festival, to be held at the college's Oceanside Campus, located at 1 Barnard Drive. Jazz choirs will perform during the day on April 13 and 14, and jazz bands will perform during the day on May 5. Daytime school performances, clinics and master classes are open to the public and free of charge. Each day will culminate in an evening performance featuring MiraCosta College jazz ensembles performing with prominent guest artists.

 Vocal Jazz Festival Concerts:

The Frost Extensions: Friday, April 13, at 4 p.m. in the MiraCosta College Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Daytime performances and clinics have open seating and are free of charge.

The Frost Extensions is a multiple DownBeat award-winning small jazz vocal ensemble consisting of six vocalists and full rhythm section from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Directed by Dr. Kate Reid, this elite jazz vocal ensemble performs classic jazz vocal literature to contemporary material by a wide variety of vocal arrangers and has appeared alongside many artists including Becca Stevens, Gretchen Parlato, Kurt Elling, M-Pact and Cyrille Aimee. Extensions has been featured in major venues throughout south Florida and at regional and national American Choral Directors Association symposiums and Jazz Educators Network conferences and received top honors at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in 2015.

New York Voices: Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the MiraCosta College Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Tickets: $25; students and seniors, $20. Evening performances for New York Voices are now sold out. 

New York Voices recently celebrated their 30th Anniversary and show no signs of slowing down. This critically acclaimed vocal group has refined their musical story to a high art. They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral/big band to the intimate trio lineup. The art of survival as a group in the music business is as much testimony of their success as their vocal finesse’. They are first call from great arrangers and conductors like Bob Mintzer, Don Sebesky, Michael Abene, Keith Lockhart, and Rob Fisher, who all know and admire the complexity of what they do and want something out of the ordinary when developing new projects. Like the great jazz vocal groups that have come before—Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, and The Manhattan Transfer—they are firmly a part of that legacy and are dedicated to passing it on to generations to come.

Instrumental Jazz Festival Concert:

Wayne Bergeron: Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m. in the MiraCosta College Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Tickets: $25; students and seniors, $20.

Wayne Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most sought-after trumpet players in the world. As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of recording credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles and Barbra Streisand to Green Day and The Dirty Loops. His session work includes over 350 TV and motion picture soundtracks and Bergeron can be heard as a featured soloist on films such as Minions, Jersey Boys, The Incredibles, Rocky Balboa, The Green Hornet, Despicable Me 2, Leather Heads, The Perfect Game, and numerous TV shows. Free Q&A in the afternoon.

Tickets are available online at www.miracosta.edu/buytix or call the Box Office at 760.795.6815.