Saturday, April 09, 2016

The Jazz Lab at Saddleback College, with former student Craig Cammell

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – Jazz Studies at Saddleback College presents alto saxophonist/composer Craig Cammell with the Saddleback College jazz lab on Monday, April 25th at 7:30 p.m. in the McKinney Theatre. 

The program includes Cammell’s compositions including One Mug on the Shelf, Uncommon Cold, Vultures and Persist. Cammell is the first alumni of the lab band to be featured as a guest artist with the jazz lab ensemble.

Craig Cammell is a composer and saxophonist who has performed in both New York and Los Angeles. He attended Saddleback College and Cal State University Northridge under the direction of Gary Pratt, graduating in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in jazz saxophone performance. He is a two-time recipient of the Casey Family Scholarship in Jazz Composition. Craig has been a side man in numerous bands and has collaborated with such artists as Will Brahm, Jonathan Rowden, Mathew

Heath, Brandon Sherman, and James Yoshizawa. He has run his own musical projects as a composer, saxophonist, and bass clarinetist. Craig has studied with a number of influential artists including Jerry Pinter, Rob Lockhart, Bob Sheppard, and John Ellis on saxophone and woodwinds, and composition with Joey Sellers. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he runs a chordless trio and will soon be starting up a large ensemble/big band.

Tickets are $10 general; $7 student/seniors (presale).  Call the ticket office at 949-582-4656 (Tues-Fri, noon to 4:00 p.m.) for tickets or online at

Jazz Studies at Saddleback College emphasizes creativity through improvisation and ensemble performance. Focusing on the historical, theoretical and intuitive aspects of this American music, Director of Jazz Studies Joey Sellers and an outstanding cadre of nationally-recognized musicians comprise the jazz faculty. Curricula include Improvisation, Jazz Composition and Arranging, Jazz History Syllabus, Jazz History Audio, Jazz History Podcast, Jazz Piano, Saddleback Big Band, Jazz Lab Ensemble, and Combos.  Students in Jazz Studies at Saddleback College have transferred to prestigious institutions including University of Southern California, Eastman School of Music, Berkeley School of Music, Cal State Northridge, UCLA, The New School for Social Research in New York, Cal State Fullerton, University of California at San Diego, and other regional institutions.  Some of our alumni have gone on to play professionally with Frank Zappa, Diana Ross, and other high-profile artists and organizations.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the second left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit  For Fine Arts events, visit

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