For many years Fullerton jazz fans got their fix at Steamers which has been gone too long. To get my jazz fix I joined Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on the campus of CSUF in 2016. On a regular basis we are entertained by the faculty and students of this institution with many of them in graduate studies.
The leader of the jazz program is Professor Bill Cunliffe who’s background in all phases of commercial jazz is extensive. He currently has four different groups that he leads and participates with. His past includes working with Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, and others plus he is still creating many CDs.
Recently, I attended a performance by many of the small jazz groups in Room 119 on the backside of the Meng. On October 12 the Jazz band entertained at the wonderful Meng Auditorium to an appreciative group of fans. The vocalist was reminiscent of the “Voice,” Frank Sinatra. World entertainer classical guitarist Mathew Marshall was a huge favorite. He joined the orchestra playing a composition written for him by Professor Cunliffe. The professor took charge of the evening conducting all but the opening number of each group.
Future jazz in the Meng at 8pm:
-Tuesday Nov 19 Jazz Singers
-Friday Dec 6 Fullerton Jazz Orchestra with drummer Lewis Nash
-Tuesday Dec 10 Fullerton Chamber Jazz and Latin Ensembles
Free in Room 119 at 8pm. (Walk past the ticket office to the over structure, enter on your left, and walk up the hall.)