Jazz Ensemble 2

2 Sections 7/9 - 8/20 (7 weeks)

Jazz Ensemble 2
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles
Day Tue
Instructor Dillon Vado
Status inperson event

This ensemble builds on the foundation of Jazz Ensemble 1. Students in this group should have some 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
7/9 – 8/20 (7 weeks)
Dillon Vado, $290

Please note: This class culminates in a performance in the final week of the term (week 7). All Jazzschool student performances are free and open to the public! Please confirm your availability for the performance date (the week 7 class meeting date) before finalizing your registration in this class.

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 drummer and vibraphonist who plays music that is an honest representation of a broad range of influences. Dillon is known for making music that is dynamic and complex but memorable and relatable. As comfortable laying down Brazilian grooves on drum set as he is improvising with poets and dancers on vibraphone, Dillon can be found playing with many of his own projects including The Table Trio, and Amy D on vibes and drumming/composing for Never Weather, who released their debut album Blissonance in 2020. 

As a sideman, Dillon can be found performing with skilled vocalists like Christelle Durandy, Danielle Wertz and Amy Dabalos, Brazilian music with Marcos Silva, the Oakland Samba Revue and Sandy Cressman, and many other projects including The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Silvestre Martinez and his Bad Hombres, The Michael Echaniz trio and the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra.