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The Samohi Jazz band’s numerous achievements include placing first in 2011 at the largest high school jazz festival in the world, the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival in Boston. The big band and combo placed first in the highest division at the festival and Steven Gordon- piano and Jake Noveck- guitar, were chosen as the two most outstanding soloists of the festival.

Jazz Band Concert

The Samohi Jazz bands have won numerous other festivals including: The Western States Jazz Festival and Super Jazz Festival. In addition, the band has performed at some of the most prominent jazz clubs in Los Angeles including the Jazz Bakery and the Catalina Bar and Grill.

Award

Past guest artists have included: Gordon Goodwin, Eric Merienthal, Lee Thornberg, Bob Mintzer, Doug Webb, Wayne Bergeron and Steve Reid. Select students from the jazz band were also featured in concerts with Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Heart, Dave Mason and Billy Idol to raise money for arts education in the Santa Monica-Malibu district.

Jazz Band

Samohi Jazz with Bob Mintzer

Jazz Band

Samohi Jazz with Wayne Bergeron

Jazz Band

Samohi Jazz with Steve Reid

Jazz Band

Samohi Jazz with Andy Martin

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