Tonga Ross-Ma’u

Expert Jazz Musician with Versatility, Talent and Passion. Growing up in San Diego and surrounded with music, Tonga Ross-Ma’u was encouraged from a young age to explore a variety of instruments and would often play music with his father, Semisi Ma'u. Getting a front row seat to rehearsals with his father’s band and learning the meaning of exploring sounds, collaborating with others, created a fertile ground to engage and spawn a deep passion for music. When Tonga was 13, he was introduced to the public and allowed to play with several bands expanding his knowledge and tapping into musical experts and

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The Elegant Sadness of Kamau Kenyatta

Kamau Kenyatta usually produces records for other jazz musicians. Then, “I was given the opportunity to release... music under my own name, and I took it.” Photograph by David Mas Steinberg. BLURT MUSIC NEWS : READER SAN DIEGO. “I think the whole session was an example of everyone making each other sound better.” -By Robert Bush, Oct. 31, 2019 “It was one of those exceptional sessions where everything just ‘clicked’ and went very smoothly,” says musician Kamau Kenyatta, discussing his fresh album “The Elegant Sadness,” featuring trumpeter Curtis Taylor, saxophonist Brian Clancy, bassist Mackenize Leighton, drummer Richard Sellers, percussionist David

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A Night to Remember with Cécile McLorin Salvant

As a young singing sensation, Cécile McLorin Salvant won her first Grammy Award in 2019 for her jazz vocal album The Window! Born in Miami, Cécile has been hailed as the finest young singer in jazz. In 2016, she made her debut appearance in San Diego at the Symphony Bayside Summer Nights representing “The Future of Jazz,” and was backed up by a select trio from the International Academy of Jazz, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization. She spoke openly to the San Diego Union Tribune about music and fear (See Article: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/music/sdut-cecile-mclorin-salvant-interview-2016aug13-htmlstory.html). In this article, she reflects on how, even

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DEC 21: A Holiday Celebration of Jazz

Produced by Students & Partners of the International Academy of Jazz Date: Dec 21, 2019 Place: Grossmont College Recital Hall (Building 26)8800 Grossmont College Dr, El Cajon, CA 92020 Time: 2:00pm – 5:30pm Tickets: $10/ea* DEC 21 Concert Tickets One $10.00 USD Two $20.00 USD Three $30.00 USD Four $40.00 USD Five $50.00 USD Donation $100.00 USD RSVP: By Dec 14th Pre-Event (2:00pm): Silent Auction & Appetizers with Our SponsorsCome early to mingle with our students, staff, and sponsors and view raffle prizes that make great Holiday gifts for yourself or others. We will announce auction winners after the concert.

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BECOMES AN ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF JAZZ of SAN DIEGO

Nathan Harrell East, born on December 8, 1955 in Philadelphia, PA was raised in San Diego along with his 6 siblings. In seventh thru ninth grades, Nathan played cello in his local Horace Mann junior high school's orchestra and at age fourteen he developed an interest in the bass guitar, playing in church, Christ The King, for folk masses. Influencers included Charles Mingus, Ray Brown and Ron Carter on upright bass; and James Jamerson, Paul McCartney and Chuck Rainey on electric bass. He continued his music studies at UC San Diego. SEE HIS BIO Nathan Harrell East has become an American jazz, R&B, and rock bass player and vocal legend. With more than 2,000 recordings, East is considered

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