Jazz Combos Accent Originals

The accent is on originality as four Jazz Combos perform at HSU on Sunday, November 16 at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall, but jazz classics aren’t neglected.

All four members of the 12:00 Quartet—Trevor Kumec (guitar), Alan Spencer (tenor sax), Ryan Woempner (bass) and Eric Tolfa (drummer)—contribute an original composition to their set.


The quartet called Bobolink plays two originals along with “Seattle” by Avishai Cohen and a jazz rendition of the Beatles tune, “Because.” Tyler Martin plays alto sax, Alex Espe piano, Bret Johnson bass and Aaron Katz drums.

Business Casual is the largest combo, with two saxophones, flute, violin, piano, guitar, bass, drums and percussion. They play originals by alto sax player Kyle McInnis, guitarist Kenneth Bozanich and violinist Michael Donovan, as well as “Mambo Inn” by famed Latin jazz trumpeter Mario Bauza.

The 1:00 Quintet performs a classic Duke Ellington tune, “Kite” from the band Snarky Puppy and “The Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers” by Steve Kuhn. Lauren Strella and Olivia Bright handle vocals. Strella also plays sax and clarinet, and Bright plays piano. Thatcher Holvick-Norton plays bass and Courtney Abajian drums.

Tickets are available from the HSU Ticket Office at (707) 826-3928 or at the door: $8 general, $5 seniors and children, HSU students with ID admitted free. For more information, visit HSUMusic.blogspot.com. Directed by Dan Aldag and produced by HSU Music Department.