SSU Recital Series Showcases Music Faculty

February 10, 2016

Sonoma State University trumpet instructor Dave Len Scott dons his most comfortable shoes when he plays John Coltrane's iconic "Giant Steps" with pianist Ken Cook in Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State's Green Music Center Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Scott's performance is part of the university's faculty recital series, which runs Feb. 21 through April 3.

Scott, who studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, first fell in love with jazz during junior high from his band director Louis Smith, a jazz trumpeter active in New York City in the 50s. Founder and leader of TRUMPETSUPERGROUP and the Dave Len Scott Jazz Quartet, Scott has also performed with the Honolulu, Napa and Santa Rosa symphonies. Joining him will be trumpeter Daniel Gianola-Norris and the SSU Faculty Brass Quintet.

The series of chamber music, jazz, original and avant-garde works also includes the Navarro Trio; a faculty composers concert featuring the faculty jazz ensemble; music for voice and chamber ensemble; Northern Indian classical music; and guest performers from outside the university.

SSU Faculty Recital Series

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m.
Navarro Trio: Beethoven's "Ghost" Trio in D major and Schumann's Piano Trio in D minor op. 63.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Wind Power: Trumpeters Dave Len Scott, Daniel Gianola-Norris & Friends in classical, jazz and avant-garde works for brass.

Thursday, Mar 10, 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Composers Concert: Faculty Jazz Ensemble plays original jazz; Brian S. Wilson's "Angels" for brass and organ (2015), featuring organist Jonathan Dimmock and guest musicians.

Sunday, Mar 13, 2 p.m.
Music for voice and chamber players featuring soprano Carol Menke with Marilyn Thompson, piano, and Roy Zajac, clarinet.

Saturday, Mar 26, 7:30 p.m.
Emeritus musicologist and vocalist Laxmi G. Tewari performs classical music of Northern India.

Sunday, Apr 3, 2 p.m.
Navarro Trio & Friends: violinist Philip Santos and violist Nancy Ellis guest perform an all-Russian program.

Tickets are $8 and free to SSU students. To purchase tickets visit