This ensemble builds on the foundation of Jazz Ensemble 1, formerly known as the Beginning Jazz Ensemble. Students should have prior ensemble experience and knowledge of jazz improvisation. This ensemble is an ideal setting for players looking to further develop their ability to play jazz standards and related repertoire. Participants will benefit from the mentorship of an experienced ensemble director offering guidance on rhythm section roles, stylistic versatility, improvisation techniques, and more.
Section 1: Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
Section 2: Tuesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks) Performance Date: 8/22
Dillon Vado, $275 (in-person)
Ensembles take place IN-PERSON at the California Jazz Conservatory.
All ensembles require a placement audition.
For audition guidelines and application instructions, please visit the Ensemble page here: https://jazzschool.cjc.edu/jazzschool-ensembles/
Dillon Vado is a versatile drummer and vibraphonist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his musical journey in San Jose at age 8, later joining school band programs and marching snare drumming with the Santa Clara Vanguard. Dillon’s love for the vibraphone led him to study music full-time at West Valley College before transferring to the California Jazz Conservatory. Dillon has performed at renowned venues such as The Freight and Salvage, Yoshi’s, and the SFJazz Center. He has also played at festivals like the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest and the Fillmore Jazz Festival, as well as international events, including the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Umbria Jazz Festival. Collaborating with notable musicians like Art Lande and Erik Jekabson, Dillon’s talent has earned him recognition, including winning the Jazz Search West competition on vibraphone in 2014. He is an active member of various musical projects, including Alan Hall’s Ratatet and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, while leading his own groups, such as Never Weather and The Table Trio. Dillon Vado’s skill and dedication continue to contribute to the vibrant music scene in the Bay Area, making him a sought-after drummer and vibraphonist.