The East Bay's premier community jazz band--brings their swinging sounds to more jazz fans than ever before.
The Civic Arts Jazz Band is comprised of 20 local adults and student musicians who share a passion for jazz in all its varieties. Concerts always feature a wide variety of jazz styles, from vocal jazz to big band to pop/funk tunes. Jazz Band Director Matt Zebley always puts together high-energy programs with fun, danceable arrangements.
"The variety is interesting, for both the band and the audience," explains Zebley, what sets his ensemble apart from other East Bay jazz bands. "The enthusiasm of the band is what I like." Zebley speaks to the audience about each piece the band plays, so they gain an appreciation for the arrangement and style. "It's a casual atmosphere, plus you don't have to drive very far," he adds.
Zebley lays out the wide range of music that concertgoers will experience at the spring concerts, which will each feature a slightly different program. Concerts will showcase music and arrangements by Tower of Power, Hammerstein, Sonny Rollins, Buddy Rich, Erroll Garner, Average White Band, John Coltrane, Chick Corea and Count Basie, among others.
The Walnut Creek Civic Arts Jazz Band is part of the City of Walnut Creek's Civic Arts education program. The band presents quarterly concerts and is available for select performances and community outreach.