ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
On November 12, 2017, we hosted Hot City.
STJS CELEBRATES YOUNG JAZZ MUSICIANS
For the second year in a row, STJS will dedicate its November Jazz Sunday to young
musicians, most of whom are products of our youth programs, such as Jazz Camp.
November’s Guest Band will be Hot City, led by STJS Board member and bassist Zach
Sapunor. Opening for Hot City, at noon, will be an outstanding youth band, Sax By Popular
Demand, directed by Celia Cottle. These kids from Davis, CA are super talented, and sound
terrific. In between the Hot City sets STJS’ own TNT youth band will take the stage. TNT is the
official STJS sponsored trad band, under the direction of trombonist Bob Williams and band
manager Nancy Parker, and they continue to amaze.
In keeping with our celebration of young jazz musicians, everyone up through age 18 will be
admitted free. And anyone bringing a musical instrument to donate to our Instrument Match
donation program will also receive free admission. Every youth musician who signs in that day
will be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate from Tim’s Music, or an underwater sports camera.
So come on out and enjoy a day of youthful jazz exuberance! We guarantee you won’t be
An ensemble like no other, HOT CITY has established an aesthetic New Orleans style hot jazz and classic swing which they augment with a vast array of exotic musical elements, from Latin and Caribbean rhythms to Pacific Island themes and Middle Eastern melodies, forming an intoxicating aural palette that has been referred to as “SWINGXOTICA”.
Returning to his California home after two years of recording and touring throughout the United States and Europe (Jim Cullum Jazz Band, Wayne “The Train” Hancock”), bassist and vocalist Zack Sapunor did so with the notion of a new ensemble that was steeped in the classic “hot” jazz sound. HOT CITY truly is that band. Featuring regular members William Dendle (2014 “Musician of the Year” at Jazz Bash By The Bay) on plectrum guitar and banjo as well as celebrated talent Justin Au (Crescent Katz, Au Brothers) with his red hot trumpet, these musicians have the capability to explore musical flavors from around the world … all the while bringing it home with their finely honed enthusiasm for the work of classic jazz masters Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and many more giants, famous and obscure.
But while they mix and match exotic sounds over a hot swingin’ foundation, whatever they do is done with a passion and zest for their respective instruments. No matter which way one’s individual tastes may lie, anyone who witnesses a HOT CITY performance will experience the undeniable pleasure of hearing musicians who have dedicated their lives to mining this rich musical tradition with not only competence and expression, but with pure joy and enthusiasm.
With frequent guest musicians called upon from the crème de la crème of the Northern California hot jazz scene, HOT CITY brings both class and excitement to any occasion.
Admission to “Jazz Sunday” is by donation of $10.00 for members, $12.00 for non-members. Persons under 12 are admitted free. Youth 12-20 (Members) $5.00, youth 12-20 (Nonmembers) $7.00.
Don’t forget about the Breakfast between 8:30 am to 11:00 am for $10.00.