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Jazz Studies

The Jazz area has attained national recognition for several decades.  It has garnered awards from Reno Jazz Festival, Pacific Coast Jazz Festival, Santa Cruz Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival.  Through the years, the bands have performed all over the U.S. including several trips to Japan. The curriculmn covers very unique offerings including Jazz Piano, Jazz Theory and Improvisation as well as numerous award winning Jazz ensembles on many levels.

Through the decades, some of the ensembles have accompanied such greats as Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torm, Delfeayo Marsalis, Doc Severinsen, Ledisi, Ernie Watts, Bobby Shew, Steve Allen, Matt Catingub, Jamey Aebersold, Patti Page, Snooky Young and Pete Christlieb.

Alumni include:

Dave Garibaldi (Drums) performed with Tower of Power, Frank Sumares (Piano) performed with Jamey Aebersold and Bill Watrous, Ledisi (Vocalist) recording artist for Verve Records, Thomas Morgan (Bass) recording artist, Mic Gillette (Trumpet) performed with Tower of Power, Jeff Prinz (Saxophone) performed and recorded with Rosemary Clooney, Steve Bowman (Drums) performed with rock band Counting Crows, Donald Kennelly (Trombone) performing with the San Francisco Opera, Matt Fenders (Trombone) performing with Jay Lenos Tonight Show, David Enos (Bass) performed with Arturo Sandoval and David Bennoit, and Frank Martin (piano/composer/arranger) performed with Dizzy Gilespie, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, John Handy, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Farrell, and the Slide Hampton Big Band.

Courses offered:

  • Jazz Orchestra
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Lab
  • Jazz Combo/Improvisation
  • Jazz Piano
  • Applied Lessons

Previous Concert Guests:


Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, Lew Soloff, Bobby Shew, Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz with Eddie Palmieri and Donald Harrison, Ernie Watts, Guido Fazio, Matt Catingub, Aaron Lington, Mic Gillette, Dave Eshelman, Alex Myrzyn, Frank Sumares, Tim Devine, Paul Tynan, Dann Zinn, Erik Jekabson, Zac Johnson, Ledisi, Andy Martin and Gordon Goodwin.


Jazz Orchestra

Chabot College Jazz Orchestra 

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    Phone: (510) 723-6600 | Last updated on 9/8/2016