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.
2015 Delta Jazz Festival
December 5 ~ 8 p.m.
Warren Atherton Auditorium
Tickets: $15 and $20
Previous Delta Jazz Series 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), Patricia Barber Quartet, Tom Harrell Quintet (Brubeck Jazz Festival March 2013), Espacio with Guest Eric Marienthal (2013); jazzReach Metta Quinte, Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, and Edie Palmieri (Brubeck Jazz Festival March 2014); and Pacific Mambo Orchestra (2014).
In 2013, Delta Center for the Arts LH Horton Jr 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.