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Student jazz fusion band looks to create social change through music

A music major student playing guitar in class

John Hernandez

April 10, 2019

During the summer of 2018 a collective of six friends — including four CSUN students from the music department — gathered together and made the decision to form the sextet band, I’m Sorry.Jazz performance major Ben McPeek is credited with forming the ensemble, gathering an array of mu...

Captured: Thundercat

Los Angeles musician, Thundercat, preforms in Los Angeles on October 11, 2015

Vincent Nguyen

October 13, 2015

It's been a big year for multi-genre artist Thundercat. After releasing his EP, "Beyond Where the Giants Roam," performing on NPR and being featured on multiple tracks off of Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly," Thundercat performed before a huge crowd in his final show at the Regent in downtown L.A....

Things to do at CSUN: 4/13-4/18

File Photo / The Sundial

Brooke Holland

April 13, 2015

7:30 p.m. – Monday, Apri 13 Listen to the soothing sound of the Small Group Jazz ensemble play a concert filled with a rhythm section and arrangement of several jazz guitars. CSUN jazz students will perform at the Cypress Recital Hall. Students are $7 with a valid CSUN I.D. For more information,...

CSUN music majors break into the industry

Jordan Leicht, a freshman jazz major practices on his own for about two and a half hours a day, not including rehearsals. He has his own combo band and participates in a big jazz band as well. Photo Credit: Vince Nguyen/ The Sundial

Macie Bennett

October 9, 2014

CSUN music majors are more than just high school band teachers and rock band guitarists. They are successful musicians, engineers, performers and producers. Records by well-known artists line the walls of Cypress Hall illustrating the success of the department over the years. With an experience...

Jazz students help promote upcoming events at VPAC with music – Podcast

Saxophone: Justin Yun
Drums: Matt Jamele
Bass: Andy McCauley

Victor Frost

April 23, 2014

A chance encounter brings Jazz students Matt Jamele and Justin Yun and PR Student Claire Marshall into our studio to talk about jazz and some of the events and discounts at the VPAC. Also, some live music recorded right outside out Matador Bookstore. Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli will be performing a...

Diana Krall brings ragtime pizazz to the VPAC

Photo Courtesy of Lee Choo

Jake Tully

April 5, 2014

Witnessing Diana Krall perform live is analogous to witnessing Fitzgerald read passages from This Side of Paradise (or so I’m told) — you are beholding one of the great practitioners of their craft perform with undaunted ability. In Krall’s case, tickling the ivories is easily as impressive and e...

Boston Pops prove orchestras can play “Bohemian Rhapsody” with memorable VPAC performance

Boston Pops prove orchestras can play

Chandelor Armstrong

November 29, 2013

Often referred to as "America's Orchestra," the world famous Boston Pops surprised first-time listeners at the VPAC last Thursday by mixing a variety of musical styles for an enjoyable evening.  Audience members were taken back in time with iconic pieces including "Rhapsody in Blue," "Stars and Strip...

Jazz ensemble students to perform on Tuesday

Christina Toroyan

November 28, 2010

Students from two jazz ensembles in the music department will have their first performance Nov. 30  at 7:30 p.m. at the Cypress Recital Hall. The Jazz “B” Band will be performing a modern set including compositions by Vince Mendoza, Mike Holober, Toshiko Akyoshi, Jim McNeely and others, under...

CSUN jazz band performed at Monterey Jazz Festival

Leonie Jones

September 29, 2010

CSUN continued to break records and bring change by having the first band with all undergraduate members to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival, that took place Sept. 17 to 19. Matt Harris, co-director of jazz studies and director of the Jazz “A” Band, helped lead the band to this prestigious event. The...

Big Moves: Decoding jazz into rock

Angelica Bonomo

February 15, 2010

The band "Big Moves" has a thing for dinosaurs and the color purple. More than half the songs on their first album, “In the Beginning”, were named after dinosaurs. “Dinosaurs were a passion of mind as a child,” Blake Straus, 22, said. “It’s something we ran with in the first album....

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