Monday October 5, 2015, 8:00 p.m. - CSUF Dept. of Music Concert Hall


$7 general / $6 staff/seniors / $5 students w/ID




JCO Concert 2015The Jazz Composers Orchestra, one of the premiere jazz groups in the Valley, will open its 2015 season on Monday, October 5, with a performance at the CSUF Concert Hall at 8:00 p.m. The Fresno State Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. Alan Durst will open the program. Tickets are priced from $5 to $7, and can be purchased at the door.

The JCO is a group of the finest jazz performers, composers, and educators in central California. Mike Dana, head of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College, founded the group in 2004. The JCO has performed at the International Association for Jazz Education conference, and has accompanied jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany and Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries.

Fans of the JCO know the band for its adventurous and original music, with many of the group’s compositions coming from within its own ranks. This performance will be no exception. The group will perform several exciting new compositions, and premier a new arrangement of a Duke Ellington classic by JCO member Joe Lewis.

The roster (below) reads like a “who’s who” of jazz in the Valley. Members include music faculty at FCC, CSU, Fresno, and many other valley schools. All play professionally as well, and have performed with an impressive lineup of jazz and pop artists. Members of the JCO include:

Members of the JCO include:
Saxophones: John Ayala, Steve Dailey, Larry Honda, Paul Lucckesi, Steve Madden
Trumpets: Dale Engstrom, Thomas Lake, Joe Lewis, Mark Prather, Gavin Torgerson
Trombones: Adan Infante, Les Nunes, Eric Sherbon, Spencer Hannibal-Smith
Rhythm section: David Aus (piano, keyboards), Mike Dana (guitar), Brian Hamada (drums), Joe Lizama (vibes/percussion), Rodney Yokota (bass)

Tickets available at the Fresno State Music Dept. box office.
For additional information on the Jazz Composers Orchestra, please contact the director, Mike Dana, at: (559) 429-JAZZ [5299] or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (email)