March 5, 2018 – The Music Department of Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) presents a jazz concert by the Bennett Friedman Quartet on Friday, April 6, at 8 PM in Newman Auditorium on the SRJC campus. Guitarist Randy Vincent, organist Brian Ho, and drummer Lorca Hart will be featured. General admission to the event is $10 general and $5 for students and seniors. Parking permits are required and available for $4 on campus lots. Proceeds from the concert benefit the SRJC Foundation Jazz Studies Fund.
Dynamic organist Brian Ho brings his Hammond B-3 for this event. Following the B-3 masters like Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, and Richard “Groove” Holmes, Ho demonstrates respect for the tradition while bringing a modern, youthful approach to the instrument. Brian is a graduate of UC Davis and regularly performs at Bay Area jazz venues such as Yoshi’s in Oakland and many area jazz festivals.
Randy Vincent has been teaching jazz guitar at Sonoma State University since 1981. He has performed with Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Drummer Lorca Hart often appears at Bay Area jazz venues with organist Brian Ho. He has also performed with Hugh Masekela, the Clayton Brothers, and Anthony Wilson.
Saxophonist Bennett Friedman has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, and the Russian River Jazz Festival. He has been featured as a soloist with Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, and Marvin Gaye. Friedman has taught Jazz Studies at Santa Rosa Junior College since 1977 and is currently serving as Music Department Chair. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant for jazz composition.