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Bakersfield College Jazz and Commercial Music Academy Records New Album

Commercial Music Academy

BAKERSFIELD, CA – Bakersfield College’s Performing Arts Department presented their annual Jazz and Commercial Music Academy this past week, the 2nd installment of the 5-day, tuition-free course. 26 students registered for this year’s academy, building a strong foundation of knowledge needed for a career in music.

After 5 days of collaboration, the student musicians, with the guidance of five members of Bakersfield College’s music faculty, produced an 8-track album of new music, entirely written, performed, and recorded by the students. The album is now available for purchase at bcjazzstudies.bandcamp.com. The proceeds from every sale will go to benefit the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music programs at Bakersfield College.

“The summer academy is such a rewarding, immersive experience for both the students and faculty,” says Jazz Studies director and Performing Arts Department Chair Kris Tiner. “It gives us a chance to talk about collaboration, persistence, and the satisfaction of developing a creative musical project all the way to the finished product. For most of these students, it’s their first real taste of something they hope to be doing for the rest of their lives!”

“I was deeply moved and impressed with the commitment and confidence our students showed during the academy,” says Commercial Music program director Dr. Joshua Ottum. “Their willingness to take risks and be vulnerable inspired me as an educator and artist and I look forward to working with these students into the future.”

The album, simply titled “Jazz and Commercial Music Academy 2022,” is available for listening and purchase at bcjazzstudies.bandcamp.com for $6.99. Album purchases grant unlimited streaming via the Bandcamp app as well as high-quality downloads. For more information on the various programs offered by Bakersfield College’s Performing Arts department, visit BC's Performing Arts Webpage.

Jazz Music Class Practicing Jazz Student playing guitar and singing Jazz student practicing keyboards Jazz and Commercial Music Academy Promo

Details

"Jazz and Commercial Music Academy 2022"

Track Listing:

  1. "Good Vibes" by Jonathan Diaz
  2. "T's Tune" by Tmadeitez
  3. “When I Thought You Were Mine” by Berlin Fussy
  4. “Church” by Nicholas Wilbur
  5. “Couldn’t Sleep” by Apollo Alva
  6. “C’s Tune” by Cavell Diaz
  7. “Possible” by Lisela Olegario
  8. "Waiting" by Gina Fields

Academy Faculty: 
Kris Tiner: Department Chair, Performing Arts; Professor, Music (Jazz); Director, Jazz Ensemble
Dr. Joshua Ottum: Professor, Commercial Music
Kyle Burnham: Adjunct Faculty, Music
Paul Cierley: Adjunct Faculty, Music
Miller Wrenn: Adjunct Faculty, Music

Artists:

“Good Vibes” by Jonathan Diaz
Keyboard: Jonathan Diaz, Miguel Mejia
Flute: Gina Fields
Tenor Saxophone: Angie Isales
Baritone Saxophone: Apollo Alva
Trumpet: Kris Tiner
French Horn: Salvador Fabian
Guitar: Alejandro Reyes
Bass: Mason Von Heath
Drums: Nicholas Wilbur

“T’s Tune” by Tmadeitez
Tenor Sax: Martin Mora
Synthesizer: Jonathan Diaz
Guitar: Marcos Gonzalez, Marcus Hernandez
Keyboard: Andrea Sotelo
Bass: Cavell Diaz
Drums: Nate Wy

“When I Thought You Were Mine” by Berlin Fussy
Lead Vocals: Berlin Fussy
Background Vocals: Lisela Olegario, Lily Nguyen
Guitar: Christopher Porta, William Edwards
Keyboard: Leonardo Gil
Bass: Miller Wrenn
Drums: Nate Wy

“Church” by Nicholas Wilbur
Drums & Synthesizer: Nicholas Wilbur
Flute: Gina Fields
Tenor Saxophone: Angie Isales
Baritone Saxophone: Apollo Alva
Trumpet: Kris Tiner
Trombone: Salvador Fabian
Keyboard: Miguel Mejia, Jonathan Diaz
Guitar: Alejandro Reyes
Bass: Mason Von Heath

“Couldn’t Sleep” by Apollo Alva
Baritone Saxophone: Apollo Alva
Flute: Gina Fields
Tenor Saxophone: Angie Isales
Trumpet: Kris Tiner, Salvador Fabian
Vibraphone: Miguel Mejia
Keyboard: Jonathan Diaz
Guitar: Alejandro Reyes
Bass: Mason Von Heath
Drums: Nicholas Wilbur

“C’s Tune” by Cavell Diaz
Bass: Cavell Diaz
Tenor Saxophone: Martin Mora
Guitar: Marcos Gonzalez, Marcus Hernandez
Keyboard: Andrea Sotelo
Drums: Nate Wy

“Possible” by Lisela Olegario
Lead Vocals: Lisela Olegario
Background Vocals: Berlin Fussy, Lily Nguyen
Guitar: Christopher Porta, William Edwards
Keyboard: Leonardo Gil
Bass: Miller Wrenn
Drums: Nate Wy
Mixing: Tmadeitez

“Waiting” by Gina Fields
Flute: Gina Fields
Bass Clarinet: Apollo Alva
Tenor Saxophone: Angie Isales
Trumpet: Kris Tiner
Trombone: Salvador Fabian
Vibraphone: Miguel Mejia
Keyboard: Jonathan Diaz
Guitar: Alejandro Reyes
Bass: Mason Von Heath
Drums: Nicholas Wilbur

All music written, performed, and recorded by students in the 2nd annual Jazz and Commercial Music Academy at Bakersfield College, July 25-29, 2022. Album released July 29, 2022.

Proceeds from sales benefit the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music programs at Bakersfield College.