November 18, 2000
Funk and Fusion
from the 60's to today

The UCSB Jazz Ensemble explores the pop influence on jazz with a look at great funk and fusion music from the last 4 decades. The ensemble also welcomes back Dr. Jeff Benedict as a guest artist for this concert. Jeff Benedict is a Professor of Music at Cal. State L.A. where he is Saxophone Instructor and the Director of Jazz Studies. Jeff holds a B.M. and an M.A. from the Lamont School of Music and a D.M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a student of the great classical saxophonist Harvey Pittel. He is in demand as a classical recitalist and clinician and performs regularly with the Orion Saxophone Quartet. He is an accomplished jazz performer as well, currently performing in the L.A. area with his own quartet and with the HMA Salsa-Jazz Orchestra. He has recoreded two albums under his own name on the Resurgent Music record label, entitled Castle Creek Shuffle and Standard Fare. He has performed with many jazz artists including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Randy Brecker, Nick Brignola, Eddie Daniels, Carl Fontana, Curtis Fuller, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Hubert Laws, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, Claudio Roditi, Diane Schuur, Lew Soloff, Billy Taylor, Mel Torme, Bill Watrous, Martk Whitfield and Joe Williams.


Ensemble Members


The 60's and 70'

Canteloupe Island Herbie Hancock

The Jody Grind Horace Silver
Jazz Combo featuring Gillian Harwin, voice

Central Park North Thad Jones

FM Lyle Mays

Uncle Heavy's Pork Chop Revue Keith Foley


Guest Artist Jeff Benedict


The 80's and 90's

Extra Credit Jim McNeely

Tones for Jones Bones Chick Corea, arr. by Jeff Holmes

Young and Fine Joe Zawinul, arr. by Jeff Benedict

Pools Don Grolnick, arr. by Jeff Holmes

Castle Creek Shuffle Jeff Benedict