MATINEE! SoCal Jazz Collective is a flagship ensemble of Orange County, California, based jazz educational institution, SoCal Jazz Academy.

It consists of faculty and pros from the community while also sharing the spotlight with students who partake in performances as opportunities arise. First conceived by bandleader and bassist, Karim Yengsep around the Friday Jazz Series in 2019, the band began with a core rhythm section and a roster of rotating musicians from all over Southern California. Since its inception, SJC welcomed such established jazz performers as saxophonists Edmund Velasco, Colin Wenhardt, Wes Perry, trumpet players Tom Cunningham, Drew Ninmer, trombonist Wendell Kelly, vocalists Elena Gilliam, Andrea Miller, Marlane Coker, pianists Michael Le Van, Mark Massey, Celine You, guitarist George Gilliam, and drummers Alex Bailey, John Ferraro, Peter Pfiefer, Denny Dennis, John and Jackie Rush, among others. It quickly gained popularity with the community at large and Irvine Weekly called it “the new hotspot in the neighborhood.” The music of SoCal Jazz Collective is rooted in the tradition of the Great American Songbook, while also bringing to life compositions and arrangements from hard bop, fusion, and contemporary Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz. As many of the performers are also established composers in their own right, their original pieces are always the highlight of each performance.


Saturday May 28, 2022 | MATINEE 2:00 PM | $20.00

Patrons must be fully vaccinated to attend. Please present card or image of card upon entry. No exceptions. Masks are OPTIONAL.
Reservations: (626) 798-6236

Reservations are strongly suggested. Seating is limited.
Call 626.798.6236 for Reservations Between 10 A - 10 P
Pay by Cash or Check. Sorry … No Credit Cards
No payment necessary when you make telephone reservations. Pay by cash or check at the door at the time of the show.

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