JAZZ GARDEN BIG BAND 40th Anniversary

Jazz Garden

Progressive/Mainstream Jazz for jazz lovers and newcomers alike.

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Jazz Garden Big Band premier to a standing room only audience at the Eulipia Café in downtown San Jose. Over the four decades since, it has performed in dozens of bay area jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals. The band has backed guest artists such as Mel Torme, Joe Henderson and Bruce Forman in concert and on it's critically acclaimed cds: The Jazz Garden (1982) Deep Voices (1988) When Dreams Come True (1993) and Milagro's Journey (2001) The band recorded and performed the suite Temperature Rising (1998), commissioned by San Jose Jazz Society.

The Jazz Garden Big Band features some of the most active freelance musicians in the bay area. Many have performed with the band for decades including saxophonist Mary Fettig, alumna of the Stan Kenton Orchestra; trumpeter Louis Fasman, former member of the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra; saxophonist and wood flute virtuoso Dann Zinn, Director of Jazz Studies at CSUEB; guitarist Randy Vincent; jazz teachers Rory Snyder, Bob Farrington, Dave Martell, and Erik Jekabson, Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Director; and several are former students from Dave Eshelman's jazz programs: saxophonist Bob Kenmotsu, drummer Alan Hall, trombonist Jeanne Geiger, bass trombonist Rich Lee, trumpeters Mike Olmos and Marvin McFadden, and Colin Hogan, piano and accordion.


Jazz Garden Big Band: Individual excitement…collective virtuosity…4 1/2 stars downbeat; Scintillating…fascinating…thrilling…beautiful…The Penguin Guide To Jazz; Absorbing stuff…Rapport; As big bands go this must rank as one of the best around today… Jazz Journal International; Consistently satisfying… JAZZIZ

Conductor, trombonist, arranger, and composer Dave Eshelman has become one of the foremost champions of creative and modern music in the United States. The Jazz Garden Big Band must be considered a leader in the formation and presentation of big band music in the modern creative vein.

~ Dave Nathan, All Music Guide



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