Students present outdoor jazz concert
Jazz Collective
Jazz Collective
Grammy-nominated percussionist will be special guest

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University Jazz Collective will present a free outdoor concert in the Uyeno Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5.

Under director Uziel Colón, 10 student performers in the Jazz Collective will play straight-ahead jazz, Latin and funk. The repertoire will include songs that were made famous by Carl Jader, Jaco Pastorius, Spyro Gyra and Yellowjackets.

The musicians, all of whom will solo, are Alex Avaneszadeh, a biology major and music minor from Simi Valley, on piano; Luis Burgos, a biology major from Whittier, on trumpet; Matthew Case, a criminal justice major from Thousand Oaks, on drums; Cory Cranston, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Santa Clarita, on guitar; Grant Escandon, a music major from Newbury Park, on piano; Lauren Hesterman, a communication and music production major from Vacaville, on cello; Torrance Klein, a music production major from Thousand Oaks, on bass; Michael Martindale, a music major from Granada Hills, on trombone; Nolan Monsibay, an interdisciplinary educational studies major from Northridge, on piano; and Caleb Solberg, a music major and Spanish minor from Miami, on tenor sax.

Grammy nominee and master percussionist Roberto Rosario will perform as a special guest. The composer, producer and arranger has performed throughout the United States and in Australia, Cuba, Japan, Ecuador and Spain. He was percussionist for the group La Clave Secreta, whose album “Frutero Moderno” was a nominee for Best Tropical Latin Album at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009. In 2010-11, he toured as percussionist with the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical “In the Heights.”

Colón is a pianist and composer whose repertoire ranges from piano improvisations in Latin jazz to commercial pop, salsa rhythms and gospel. The Studio City resident has performed at events including the Heineken JazzFest in Puerto Rico, the Beantown Jazz Fest in Boston, CJW in Beijing and the MadaJazzcar Festival in Madagascar. He works for The Latin Recording Academy and composes, arranges and produces music for television shows and independent artists.

The amphitheater is located next to Overton Hall at 3163 Regent Ave. Guests should bring low-back lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit