Saturday, April 19, 2014


It's time for the Vista Spring Music Fest!

Two evenings of student ensembles, soloists, and student-led combos has now grown to two glorious weeks of events. At the heart of the festival are concerts on Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24, which feature classical music and jazz. We hope you'll join us in celebration our talented students and supporting the A-JAM program!

Wednesday, April 23 - RENAISSANCE TO THE 21ST CENTURY!
Thursday, April 24 - THE MANY COLORS OF JAZZ
Palmetto Recital Hall 107, 7:30 pm
Tickets : $4 General Admission

PROGRAM 1 - WEDNESDAY presents the Concert Choir, Instrumental Chamber Ensemble, and outstanding student soloists in a program spanning centuries and idioms, from the 13th to the 21st centuries, from Europe to the Americas.

PROGRAM 2 - THURSDAY presents the Vista Jazz Ensemble, A-JAM honors combo, and student-led jazz combos in a program of jazz standards and original compositions by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Charlie Parker, Ellen Rowe, Miles Davis, and Fats Waller, among others. 

All proceeds benefit the A-JAM Alamo Jazz Allstars Mentorship honors program, which sponsors an international learning experience for one lucky and talented student each year. Enjoy the concerts while you help support this worthy program by sending a student to Portugal next year for the IASJ International Jazz Meeting

Palmetto Center for the Arts at Northwest Vista College
3535 North Ellison (Wiseman @ Hwy 151)
210-486-4527 box office

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Vista Faculty Jazz Ensemble - A-JAM Benefit!

The Vista Faculty Jazz Ensemble performs its semi-annual concert to benefit A-JAM on Monday, April 14 at 7 PM in the Recital Hall (107) of the Palmetto Center for the Arts at Northwest Vista College.

The stellar line-up features Al Gomez, trumpet; Morgan King, saxophone; Robynn Amy, trombone; Aaron Prado, piano; Jim Kalson, electric bass; Zlatan Redzic, double bass; Joe Caploe, drums, and Katchie Cartwright, voice.

Palmetto Center for the Arts at Northwest Vista College now has a distinguished jazz faculty who teach all of the major jazz instruments. This is a huge boon to students in the A-JAM program. You have opportunities to listen to and learn from all of these first-rate musician-teachers. The program aims to bring one of our adjunct faculty to the International Association of Jazz Education's IASJ international jazz meeting in Portugal in 2015.  

Where funds allow, the organization encourages member schools to bring three people to each meeting: a student, a member of the applied faculty, and a school representative. 

This unique mix of generations, nationalities, and musical backgrounds promotes a round trip culture of cooperation that extends beyond the annual jazz intensive, sometimes engendering milestone professional collaborations.

These meetings--and their preparation--can affect the San Antonio jazz community significantly, not only through local education at the community college level, but also through exposure to--and the opportunity to create friendships with--peers from all over the world. This is our only fundraiser for this specific purpose. Come and bring friends and family! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014