Grammy winners Kamau Kenyatta and Gregory Porter share tight musical bond

By GEORGE VARGASEP. 24, 20169 AM Van Morrison, Hubert Laws, Don Was and Jamie Cullum are just a few of the luminaries who sing the praises of former San Diego State University-student-turned-Grammy-Award-winning singer Gregory Porter in the new film documentary, “Gregory Porter: Don’t Forget Your Music.” But when it came to composing and recording new original music for the soundtrack, the producers of “Don’t Forget” knew there was only one person for the job: Kamau Kenyatta. The veteran saxophonist and pianist is a lecturer at UC San Diego, where he is the director of the Department of Music’s jazz ensembles. He

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Student Profile: Mattias Almassy

Mattias Almassy has been a wonderful student at International Academy of Jazz and we have been blessed to have such a talented, hard working individual be a part of our programs. Mattias started with us in 2016 with a strong background in classical piano.  He was not as confident in solo performances nor did he have much knowledge about jazz. He worked mostly with Kamau Kenyetta and Tonga Ross Ma’u. In an interview with Mattias, he mentioned how much he enjoyed feeling like he could let the music come out freely and how open the teachers were to collaboration and

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B.B. King and Eric Clapton’s ‘Riding with the King’ album like working with ‘blues royalty’ for Nathan East

The Grammy Award-winning 2000 album features San Diego bassist Nathan East, who says: ‘B.B. was such a great storyteller’ By GEORGE VARGAJUNE 21, 2020 Having already worked separately with B.B. King and Eric Clapton, bass-guitar great Nathan East was understandably delighted to join the two guitar legends in 2000 when they recorded the chart-topping “Riding with the King.” The album, which went on to earn a Grammy Award, is being re-released in expanded form on Friday to commemorate its 20th anniversary. Read full article.

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An Interview with Steve Merriam

Professor in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Department at San Diego State University | Board member of International Academy of Jazz. Steve Merriam, Ph.D., has 30 years’ experience in teaching, research, project management, instructional design, and curriculum development. Dr. Merriam teaches graduate courses in professional writing at San Diego State University and the University of California Extension, specializing in corporate and foundation grant writing for nonprofit organizations.  As a board member of the International Academy of Jazz, Steve enjoys supporting the nonprofit through his grant writing skills. His love for jazz and passion for playing inspired him to get involved. The support he has

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Adult Jazz Ensemble Classes Now Available!

Now offering adult jazz ensemble classes at Grossmont College on Saturdays. Starting Feb 22nd, International Academy of Jazz will be auditioning candidates for their first ever adult jazz classes for the spring semester. This 12 week program will prepare ensembles to perform in live gigs and participants will be guided by professional working jazz musicians. NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO RE-CONNECT WITH MUSIC!Have you always wanted to play in a jazz band? Did you play music back in high school or college and then get so busy that you lost touch with something you loved? Are you recently retired

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IAJ Ambassadors perform – Ronald McDonald House

Once again, IAJ is honored our Ambassadors perform throughout the season at the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families caring for children with serious or life-threatening illnesses. Our performance furthers our mission to Keep Hopes, Dreams and Jazz alive by seeking to connect children, their families, and students with music as part of their healing journey. We are deeply grateful for this opportunity to be part of this amazing community.

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IAJ Welcomes Curtis Taylor

IAJ is very pleased to welcome Grammy Award winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor to our roster of instructors. Curtis Taylor's lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a level of maturity far beyond his counterparts. His unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm melt together for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul of the listener. According to Taylor, “ When played honestly, music is the ultimate conveyer of truth and beauty.” Taylor has performed and recorded with Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Gary Novak, Bob Sheppard, Ed Motta, Marvin "Smitty' Smith, Rodney Whitaker, Antonio Hart and great gospel luminaries Karen

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SHADOW MAN: The story of Sammy Nestico – a Man & his Music

SHADOW MAN - The Sammy Nestico Story is a feature-length documentary film that explores the music, art, humanity, impact, and life of Sammy Nestico. It's a story we think needs to be told and also preserved. Over the past century, Sammy Nestico has been a giant contributor to the world of music - a true maestro - as a composer, orchestrator, writer, and arranger across the genres of classical, jazz, and big band sounds….His greatest musical love has been working with youngsters and students pursuing their dream. He loves being an educator and mentor. His impact in this area is

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SALSA UNDER THE STARS APRIL 13, FRIDAY at 5:30pm

Grossmont College Music Department presents Manny Cepeda Orchestra with a special guest performance by Derek Cannon! Save this night on your calendar and help support Grossmont College Music Department!  Enjoy San Diego's best musicians, salsa lessons, and great tasting food by Taco Company and Student Clubs knowing your ticket helps music students!  You won't want to miss this! It will be an amazing night!

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