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Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco

Aug 14, Sunday - 1pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco (LJYE) is a performing group of talented musicians ages ten to 18. The ensemble is celebrating 21 years of providing students the opportunity to learn Latin jazz and perform at public venues while on full scholarships.

They are frequent performers at Bay Area cultural events such as San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, the KCSM Jazz Festival, Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, SF Museum of Modern Art, Paramount’s Great America and the world-renowned jazz club Yoshi’s in Oakland.

Despite their youth, several generations of ensemble musicians have already contributed to the legacy of Latin jazz history by recording three CDs which feature original compositions by the students. In 2005, the group recorded their first CD, LJYE Live at Yoshi’s, followed in 2009 by Generaciones, and their latest recording, Con Mis Manos, released in 2015. The CDs present the student musicians playing alongside notable special guests such as Armando Peraza, Jerry Gonzalez, John Santos, Jeff Cressman, and of course, LJYE music director and multi-instrumentalist John Calloway.

The LJYE has shared the stage with legendary performers such as the great Cuban bassist, Cachao; piano virtuoso Chuchito Valdes; Latin jazz heavyweights Poncho Sanchez and Clare Fischer; and the Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

They are frequent performers at Bay Area cultural events such as San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, the KCSM Jazz Festival, Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, SF Museum of Modern Art, Paramount’s Great America and the world-renowned jazz club Yoshi’s in Oakland.

Despite their youth, several generations of ensemble musicians have already contributed to the legacy of Latin jazz history by recording three CDs which feature original compositions by the students. In 2005, the group recorded their first CD, LJYE Live at Yoshi’s, followed in 2009 by Generaciones, and their latest recording, Con Mis Manos, released in 2015. The CDs present the student musicians playing alongside notable special guests such as Armando Peraza, Jerry Gonzalez, John Santos, Jeff Cressman, and of course, LJYE music director and multi-instrumentalist John Calloway.

The LJYE has shared the stage with legendary performers such as the great Cuban bassist, Cachao; piano virtuoso Chuchito Valdes; Latin jazz heavyweights Poncho Sanchez and Clare Fischer; and the Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra.


Personnel

Group instrumentation:

congas
timbales
baritone saxophone
tenor saxophone
alto saxophone
trombone
trumpet
flute
vocals
piano
bass
drums

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