ABOUT

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Under the direction of Professor Kris Tiner, the new Jazz Studies Program at Bakersfield College offers a path to the Music AA-T degree that focuses on jazz literature and improvisation. Music majors who successfully audition into the Applied Music class for jazz performance receive private instruction with Jazz Studies faculty including Tony Aguilar (trombone), Kyle Burnham (drum set), Paul Cierley (guitar), Doug Davis (piano), Paul Perez (saxophone), Pete Scaffidi (bass), Susan Scaffidi (voice), and Kris Tiner (trumpet).

 

In addition, BC now offers a full slate of jazz courses that are transferable and open to all musicians. The centerpiece of the program is the Bakersfield College Jazz Ensemble, which performs regularly on campus and at local venues. The concert repertoire spans the history of big band jazz, from classics by Ellington, Monk, and Mingus to new student works.

Jazz students have frequent opportunities interact with renowned visiting artists. Recent guests include the iconic trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Wadada Leo Smith, composer and pianist Wayne Horvitz, and legendary jazz drummer Joe La Barbera. Each fall, the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music programs collaborate to present the Panorama Creative Music Summit, a weeklong showcase for original music by students, faculty, and alumni, with workshops and headline performances by visiting artists. In April, the Jazz Studies program hosts the annual KCMEA Jazz Day at Bakersfield College, an all-day festival featuring pro clinicians, masterclasses, and performances from regional student jazz ensembles.

COURSES

 

MUSC B13A • Jazz Ensemble

This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of literature for big band, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within a large jazz ensemble including phrasing, ensemble playing, musicality, and creative improvisation. Different literature will be studied each semester.

MUSC B11 •  Jazz Combos 

This course covers the study, rehearsal, and public performance of literature for small jazz groups of three to seven players. Various styles and repertory projects are explored, including traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, Latin jazz, and world music. Students will acquire training in jazz phrasing, ensemble playing, musicality, and creative improvisation. Special emphasis on original student compositions and arrangements.

MUSC B8 • Jazz Improvisation

This course is an introduction to the creative practice of improvisation for all instrumentalists and vocalists. Fundamentals of jazz theory are addressed through practical application, and musicianship skills are developed through dictation, transcription, analysis, and performance of standard jazz tunes, melodic patterns, rhythms, and chord progressions. Students will explore different stylistic and idiomatic approaches including motivic, harmonic, modal, and free improvisation. 

MUSC B23 • Appreciation of Jazz

Comparative survey of jazz styles, musicians, and representative works. Students learn core musical concepts, engage in directed listening activities, attend live concerts, and discuss the various theoretical, aesthetic, and philosophical ideas that inspire the creation of jazz music.

 

MUSC B7 • Applied Music: Jazz Studies

Individual and group instruction in solo performance for music majors culminating in a juried performance final. Includes instruction in technique, repertoire, and performance practice. Designed for students with significant prior experience / instruction with a particular instrument or singing. Audition required.

Jazz students are also encouraged to take Commercial Music courses, including MUSC B36 Music Business and MUSC B30 Intro to Music Technology.

VISITING ARTISTS

Ralph Alessi & This Against That

Michael Dessen, trombonist and composer

Kidi Band

Mike Baggetta, guitarist

Ray Briggs, saxophonist and educator

Wayne Horvitz, pianist and composer

Sara Schoenbeck, basoonist

Doug Wimbish, bassist

Purple Gums

Bobby Bradford, cornetist

Vinny Golia, multi-instrumentalist and composer

Daniel Rosenboom, trumpeter and composer

Adam Benjamin, pianist and composer
Psychic Temple
Nakatani Gong Orchestra
Tina Raymond, drummer
Susan Scaffidi Quintet
Lucian Ban, pianist
Mat Maneri, violist
Joe La Barbera, drummer
Wadada Leo Smith, trumpeter and composer
Cathlene Pineda Quartet
Rent Romus and the Lords of Outland
John Lindberg, bassist and composer
Chris Schlarb, guitarist and composer
Angelica Sanchez, pianist and composer
Sam Ospovat, percussionist
Phillip Greenlief, saxophonist
Steuart Liebig, bassist and composer
G.E. Stinson, guitarist
Harris Eisenstadt, percussionist
Achim Kaufmann, pianist
Paul Tynan, trumpeter and composer
Cory Wright, saxophonist
David Kendall, electronic musician
William Hutson, electronic musician
Tatsuya Nakatani, percussionist
Damon Zick, saxophonist and composer
Andrew Durkin, composer
Dottie Grossman, poet
Michael Vlatkovich, trombonist
Nathan Hubbard, percussionist and composer
Noah Phillips, guitarist