Santa Ana, Calif. – With a powerful mix of trumpets, trombones and saxophones, as well as keyboard, bass, drums and guitar, the Santa Ana College Big Band will hold its annual fall concert on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Directed by SAC music department’s Michael Briones and featuring guest soloist Jeff Driskill on saxophone, the concert features several of Driskill’s arrangements and includes musical selections by Lee Morgan, Eddie Harris and Hoagy Carmichael.
Who: Santa Ana College Big Band
What: Fall jazz concert
When: Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Santa Ana College’s Phillips Hall, 17th and Bristol Street in Santa Ana
Tickets: $5 children, $8 students, $10 general, www.sac.edu/music
Parking: Parking is available in Lot 6 off Bristol Street. A parking permit ($2) can be '''''''''''''''''''''''purchased at one of two permit dispensers located in the lot.
The Santa Ana College Big Band has been performing the best of jazz ensemble music to generations of Santa Ana jazz lovers. According to Briones, the band, part of the musical instruction courses and activities offered at Santa Ana College, is often the first experience students have playing in college-level groups, but their talent exceeds all expectations. This fall concert is a must-see for jazz fans.
About Jeff Driskill
Saxophonist Jeff Driskill has worked with composer Randy Newman on the soundtracks for “The Princess and the Frog” and “Toy Story 3” and lent his talents to assist John Williams with “Tin Tin: Secret of the Unicorn.” He can also be heard as one of the featured soloists on Alexandre Desplat’s score for “The Secret Life of Pets,” and has been a member of the Academy Awards orchestra for several years. His musical credits include playing with Prince, Annie Lennox, Josh Groban, Michael Bolton, Neil Young and Fiona Apple, among others and has recorded with Eddie Daniels, Arturo Sandoval, Take 6, Patti Austin, Clare Fischer, Dianne Reeves and Hubert Laws. For over 10 years, Driskill has been a member of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and been a member of The John Daversa Progressive Big Band, which has a standing gig at Hollywood’s world famous Baked Potato. In 2016, the band was nominated for a Grammy for its live album “Kaleidoscope Eyes.”
About Santa Ana College
Santa Ana College (SAC), which turned 100 years old in 2015, serves about 18,000 students each semester at its main campus in Santa Ana. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions, provides invaluable workforce training, and customized training for business and industry. In addition, another 11,000 students are served through the college’s School of Continuing Education located at Centennial Education Center. Ranked as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges awarding associate degrees to Latino and Asian students, the college is also recognized throughout the state for its comprehensive workforce training programs for nurses, firefighters, law enforcement and other medical personnel. SAC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.
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