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March 8, 2018

College of the Canyons Jazz Ensemble Presents 'Jazz It Up' 

The College of the Canyons music department and the award-winning COC Studio Jazz Ensemble and Lab Bands will present “Jazz It Up For Spring Concert!” on Friday, March 16, at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC).

Famed saxophonist Ann Patterson, best known as the leader of the highly acclaimed all-female jazz big band “Maiden Voyage,” will be the featured guest artist.

The performance will feature songs celebrating spring and a varied collection of jazz styles, tempos, and arrangements.

The Studio Jazz Ensemble and Lab Bands are comprised of students from all over Southern California. All of the ensembles will perform under the direction of KC Manji.

“Many have studied and practiced the art of music making for many years and attend College of the Canyons as a way to further their music studies and experience,” said Manji of the ensemble’s members. “The big band performs several times a year in the PAC and often travels to festivals and local performance venues.”

General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for COC students and senior citizens.

About Ann Patterson

Famed saxophonist Ann Patterson, leader of the highly acclaimed all- female jazz big band “Maiden Voyage,” has made appearances at the Concord, Monterey, and Playboy Jazz Festivals and the Kennedy Center. She has backed, toured or recorded with such artists as Joe Williams, Etta James, Diane Schuur, Mark Winkler, Sheena Easton, Amanda McBroom, Gloria Loring, Lou Rawls, Barry White, Melissa Manchester, The Temptations, El DeBarge, Nell Carter, Tony Danza, John Mayall, Ray Charles, Dave Stewart, and k.d. lang.

She was also awarded the Claudia Mitchell-Kernan Award for Contributions to Scholarship and Education in the Field of Jazz by the Friends of Jazz at UCLA and was presented the 2017 Jazz Master Award at the 2017 Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival. Her oboe playing can be heard in the theme music for NBC's "Parks and Recreation."

For more information about the COC music department’s “Jazz It Up!” concert or to purchase tickets, please contact the PAC Box Office at (661) 362-5304 or visit the PAC website