Soka International Jazz Festival September 26-28, 2014

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Soka International Jazz Festival is the world’s hottest jazz artists in a world-class venue with four performances over one weekend.

Jaime Valle of the Jaime Valle Latin Jazz Ensemble

The Jaime Valle Latin Jazz Ensemble will be featured on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Soka University's International Jazz Festival

...the world’s hottest jazz artists in a world-class venue...

Soka International Jazz Festival is the world’s hottest jazz artists in a world-class venue with four performances over one weekend. The concerts will begin with Jackie Ryan and the Tamir Hendelman Trio on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.; then the Jon Mayer Quintet on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.; followed by the Roni Ben-Hur/Santi Debriano/Duduka Da Fonseca Trio on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.; and the Jaime Valle Latin Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $29 for adults and $25 for students and seniors aged 62 and above. Jazz Festival Packages are available for an average savings of 25%: $88 for adults and $72 for students/seniors. Purchase tickets online at performingarts.soka.edu or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Jackie Ryan and the Tamir Hendelman Trio, perform with special guest Rickey Woodard. The JazzTimes calls Jackie Ryan “One of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation and, quite possibly, of all time...rivaling the dexterous sass of Sarah Vaughan, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae and the scintillating verve of Diana Krall.”

The Jon Mayer Quintet featuring Jon Mayer, piano; Roy McCurdy, drums; PJ Perry, alto sax; Claudio Roditi, flugel horn; and David Williams, bass. Pianist Mayer strives to finds new depths in the music played by the jazz greats.

The Roni Ben-Hur/Santi Debriano/Duduka Da Fonseca Trio teams-up with Amy London and Claudio Roditi. Vocalist London brings a warm, swinging style and Roditi adds “bop” and Brazilian elements to the mix. Israeli born guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, Panamanian born bassist Santi Debriano and Brazilian born drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, simultaneously converged on the New York City jazz scene in the 1980s and have been influencing the sound of the metropolis of jazz ever since. This unusual guitar jazz trio fabulously expresses the passionate emotionality, the worldly diversity, and the ultra-high musical virtuosity that defines the contemporary jazz of New York City today.

Closing out our 2014 Jazz Festival is the Jaime Valle Latin Jazz Ensemble featuring Jaime, Alex Acuna, Otmaro Ruiz, Rene Camacho and Allan Phillips. Special guests will include Claudio Roditi and David Williams. With outstanding performers such as these, it is sure to be a colorful and kinetic jazz experience.

Soka International Jazz Festival is presented in cooperation with Bluport Jazz.

For more details and ticket information, see http://www.performingarts.soka.edu.

Soka Performing Arts Center is located at 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo on the campus of Soka University of America. The 1,000-seat concert hall features world-class acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, acoustic designer of noted performance venues like Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Designed to truly reflect the university’s commitment to sustainability, the concert hall and adjacent Maathai Hall (featuring a black box theatre and dance studio) have been built to Gold LEED standards and feature vegetated green roofs. Photo voltaic cells on the Soka Performing Arts Center roof generate approximately 15% of the facility's electrical needs. Soka University of America is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. The campus was rated in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges in US News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2014.” The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. For more information: http://www.soka.edu.

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