Jazz X-Press Presents Fall Concert, October 21 in Harlen Adams Theatre

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“It’s not jazz if you can’t swing,” said Director Rocky Winslow when describing the title of the Jazz X-Press’ upcoming concert

Swing Swing Swing will feature multiple solos and swinging jazz music, as well as some special guest artists. The performance takes place Saturday, Oct. 21 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre.

“Great music and some world class performers,” said Winslow. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Many talented soloists will be featured in Swing Swing Swing, ranging from experienced jazz musicians to outstanding new freshmen.

Guest artists include New York resident and tenor saxophonist, Mike Newman, as well as drummer Ted Carrasco. Both are Chico State alumni and have been traveling the world as professional musicians since graduation. Winslow is looking forward to playing with his former pupils during Swing Swing Swing.

Jazz X-Press soloists will include Aman Cowell (trumpet), Roxanne Winslow (trumpet), Tim Knight (guitar), Sage Mitchell (guitar), Anthony Panne (drums), Chris Thorne (lead alto saxophone) and Ryan Heinz (tenor saxophone).

Tickets, at $15 adults, $13 seniors and $6 Chico State students and youth, are available at CSU, Chico’s University Box Office, 530-898-6333, online at www.chicostatetickets.com, or at the door before the performance.

Harlen Adams Theatre is located in room 144 of the Performing Arts Center on Chico State’s campus. For those who need special seating accommodations, please call 530-898-6333. More information is available online at the School of the Arts’ website, www.schoolofthearts-csuchico.com, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ChicoStateSOA.


Rocky Winslow (above) has been the Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Chico since 2002. Professor Winslow received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Jazz Studies from the University Of North Texas. In addition to his experiences as a Professor, Rocky is also a professional trumpet Yamaha artist and clinician, appearing regularly at high schools and universities around the country. He has served as the all-state guest conductor and a trumpet clinician for Music Education Associations in Texas, Nevada, California, Arkansas, Hawaii, Australia, Japan, and Scotland. As a performer, Rocky has shared the stage, recorded, and toured with artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Falcone Orchestra, Chaka Khan, Peabo Bryson, The Temptations, Don Menza Big Band, Natalie Cole, Drew Carey, Paul Anka, The Four Tops, Bob Newhart, Frankie Valli, and many others.

For information about our jazz program, please contact the Department of Music and Theatre Office at 530-898-5152.