Trombonist Kevin Roman lays down vocals at a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Roman sang for two songs during the evening as part of the New World Jazz Ensemble. (Rodrigo Hernandez)
Trombonist Kevin Roman lays down vocals at a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Roman sang for two songs during the evening as part of the New World Jazz Ensemble.

Rodrigo Hernandez

SBCC jazz combos produce lively ambiance at SOhO

The Channels Art Pages | CRITICAL REVIEW

April 18, 2022

With the lights dimmed and dinner served, the City College jazz combo classes took to the stage on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club. 

Andrew Martinez’s group hit the first note 17 minutes after the concert was set to begin. Martinez described the group as “new students having fun,” and that’s exactly what they did. 

Each member of the group had one solo and even a bass player changed between songs. The set lasted about four songs or so and provided good vibes for the audience enjoying dinner.

The second group provided the most energy as they all fed off each other. Band member Maria Cincotta, the alto saxophone player, stuck out to the audience with her animation and liveliness throughout the performance. 

Ethan Fossum, the drummer for David Campos Group performed a solo in “Mr. PC” by John Coltrane which was very upbeat and kept a fast tempo, something I was impressed with. However, it seemed to drag on for too long and kept the crowd and players on their toes for when the song would resume.

Jessica Frost joined the group on vocals for a few songs as well which dramatized the overall feeling of the music.

The third band to perform was the New World Jazz Ensemble, who performed three songs. They started off with “Cooking at the Continental,” which was a highly energetic song and had extended solos from the bass and drums. 

The camaraderie between the players exuded through their performances. 

“Everything Happens to Me” included a saxophone solo that tethered between the two players with a flute solo whispered in between to come out stronger than the louder instruments. 

The New World ended with “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise.” The serenity of the flute was so peaceful and heightened the emotion of the piece. 

This was the last performance of the semester for the Jazz combo bands.

Jessica Frost, left, provides vocals for the David Campos group on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Frost joined the group for the last couple of songs.
Jessica Frost, left, provides vocals for the David Campos group on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Frost joined the group for the last couple of songs. (Rodrigo Hernandez)
Guitarist Ella Parent smiles as drummer Ethan Fossum plays an extended solo during a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Fossum changed tempos throughout his solo, which kept his fellow members guessing about his next move.
Guitarist Ella Parent smiles as drummer Ethan Fossum plays an extended solo during a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Fossum changed tempos throughout his solo, which kept his fellow members guessing about his next move. (Rodrigo Hernandez)
Jack Egawa slaps the double bass during a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Egawa played with the David Campos group.
Jack Egawa slaps the double bass during a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Egawa played with the David Campos group. (Rodrigo Hernandez)
Saxophonist Leo Rubio solos with the David Campos group during a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. The group was the second band out of the three performing that evening.
Saxophonist Leo Rubio solos with the David Campos group during a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. The group was the second band out of the three performing that evening. (Rodrigo Hernandez )
Eli Nania resounds the stage with the saxophone during a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Nania played with the David Campos group.
Eli Nania resounds the stage with the saxophone during a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Nania played with the David Campos group. (Rodrigo Hernandez)
Owen Richards takes a break from the baritone sax to deliver a quick flute solo on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Richards was one of the three brass players part of the New World Jazz Ensemble.
Owen Richards takes a break from the baritone sax to deliver a quick flute solo on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Richards was one of the three brass players part of the New World Jazz Ensemble. (Rodrigo Hernandez)
Trumpetist Jezreel Real plays a solo during a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Real also played some original compositions over the evening.
Trumpetist Jezreel Real plays a solo during a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Real also played some original compositions over the evening. (Rodrigo Hernandez)
Guitarist Bob Hopper picks and strums on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Hopper played with the New World Jazz Ensemble, closing out the show for the night.
Guitarist Bob Hopper picks and strums on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Hopper played with the New World Jazz Ensemble, closing out the show for the night. (Rodrigo Hernandez)
Trombonist Kevin Roman lays down vocals at a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Roman sang for two songs during the evening as part of the New World Jazz Ensemble.
Trombonist Kevin Roman lays down vocals at a jazz show on Monday, April 11 at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Roman sang for two songs during the evening as part of the New World Jazz Ensemble. (Rodrigo Hernandez)

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