RCC Jazz Ensemble
The Riverside City College Jazz Ensemble has been existence for over 40 years; the combos are subgroups of the larger ensemble. The 2003 CD Upside out is a by product of the consistency the jazz studies department at Riverside City College maintains. Full-time students make up the personnel of the performing groups and keep a busy schedule of performances and recording dates. Besides recording the CD Upside Out (and others) have traveled to the UNC Greeley, Reno, and the University of Texas Jazz Festivals, and have also toured to Japan and Hawaii. The group finished first place in the 2 year Big Band division at the 2010 University of Nevada, Reno Jazz Festival. Guest artists with this groups in recent years have included Carl Saunders, James Moody, Bob McChesney, Mike Stern, Poncho Sanchez, Gary Foster, Alex Iles, Brandon Fields, The Airmen of Note, Bill Reichenbach, Lanny Morgan, Kye Palmer, Kim Richmond, and Rick Margitza. The ensemble also commissions a new works for Jazz Ensemble each spring. Recent commissions have come from noted jazz writers Bob Curnow, Jack Cooper, David Caffey, Matt Harris, James Miley, Glenn Morrissette, Steven Schmidt and Sandy Megas.