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CSU Stanislaus is ready for some jazz
Jazz bassist Christian McBride will be headlining the CSU Stanislaus Jazz Festival concert Saturday. - photo by Photo Contributed

The California State University, Stanislaus Jazz Festival with a finale concert featuring jazz bassist Christian McBride is set for Saturday.

The concert featuring McBride and the university Jazz Ensemble is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Turlock Community Theatre. Tickets are $15 for students, seniors, staff, and faculty and $25 for general admission.

The festival is an all day event for CSU Stanislaus students and provides them with opportunities to perform, learn from jazz musicians, and get feedback during a series of clinics. The concert is the final event of the festival and is open to the public.

 “The purpose of this festival is to provide an educational and musical experience for both students and directors, as well as foster the growth of the community of jazz educators, musicians, and students within the Central Valley and beyond,” said Joe Mazzaferro, coordinator of jazz studies at the university.

McBride is a four-time Grammy winning musician who studied classical music at Juilliard School, where he was enlisted to join saxophonist Bobby Watson on tour. He formed the Christian McBride Band in 2000 and they have been performing ever since. There 2012 release “The Good Feeling” won the Grammy for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album.

In 2009 McBride and Inside Straight released “People Music” which enjoyed critical success.

 “People Music is my personal mantra as a musician,” McBride says of the title on his website. “Sometimes jazz musicians can get too caught up in their own heads; they get so serious and so caught up in their creativity that they’re not bringing the people in. So I figure the best way to communicate is to let the people navigate where you should go.”

Tickets for the concert are available at