The Delta Jazz Series presents the annual Delta Jazz Festival the first Saturday in December. The Festival is an all day event sponsored by San Joaquin Delta College and the Division of Arts & Communication. The event features Middle School, High School and College Big Band, Combo and Vocal Jazz Ensembles from throughout the Western United States. The daytime Festival pass is $10 general admission and allows entrance to concerts in any of the three festival performance venues from 8:00am until 5:00pm. In addition, an evening concert is presented by a guest artist.
The 2014 Delta Jazz Festival presents this year’s Grammy Award recipient Pacific Mambo Orchestra. PMO won the award for their independently produced and Kickstarter-funded debut recording, in the highly competitive category of Best Latin Tropical Album, rocketing the group to international attention. This dynamic 19-piece Latin Big Band plays salsa, mambo, Latin jazz and cha cha, and features many of the Bay Area’s best musicians, including trumpeter Steffen Kuehn and pianist Christian Tumalan, co-bandleaders, as well as performing with Latin music icons Isaac Delgado, Tito Rojaz, Ray DeLa Paz, Carlos Santana among many others. Their arrangements and original compositions proceed at a frenetic pace, creating the special kind of excitement that can only be delivered by a true Latin big band. Witnessing a life act of the PMO, translates into an unforgettable experience.
Saturday, December 6 ~ 8pm
Warren Atherton Auditorium
Tickets: $20-General Admission and $15-Students
Delta Center for the Arts
Box Office - Locke Center
San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Avenue
(available for purchase Tuesday, November 4, 10am)
Previous guest artists include the Yellow Jackets (2007), Pancho Sanchez (2008), Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (2009), Kurt Elling (2010), Kenney Werner Quintet (2011), Bob Mintzer's LA Big Band (2012), Espacio with Guest Eric Marienthal (2013). Additional Delta Jazz Series concerts are presented in February and March each year, and have included Patricia Barber Quartet, Tom Harrell Quintet (2013), jazzReach Metta Quintet, Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, and Edie Palmieri as part of the Brubeck Jazz Festival (2014).
In 2013, Delta Center for the Arts Horton Art Gallery commissioned The Art of Jazz Stage Murals (left), which are displayed during jazz concerts performed in the DCA theatres. The murals were funded by a grant from the Stockton Arts Commission, and created by SJDC Art Professor Mario Moreno, with art student interns Lily Dircksen, Marco Junez, and Vicente Tomas. The murals were inspired by the music of James Miley, jazz musician, composer and Professor of Music and Jazz Studies at Willamette University in Portland, Oregon. Miley was also commissioned to compose an original jazz score inspired by the murals. The compostition, titled "Speak", premeired at the Tom Harrell concert, and was performed by James Miley and the Brian Kendrick Big Band.