|THE LATEST NEWS FROM JOHN|
WEDNESDAYS (Sept. – May):
CITY AT PEACE, a youth program that uses the performing arts to teach and promote cross-cultural understanding, leadership skills, and non-violent conflict resolution, in the Lobero Theater rehearsal room, Anacapa at Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara. Directed by Joseph Velasco and Nancy Davis. (805) 963-6765. http://www.cpnational.org/pastshowssantabarbara.htm
7:30 - 10:30 pm.
WESTMONT COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE in Kerr Student Center, 2nd floor lounge. http://www.westmont.edu/
WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS (Sept. – May):
SBCC JAZZ CHOIR. Accompanying Ike Jenkins' jazz
choir at SBCC.
10:00 – 11:00 am.
Contemporary and traditional music at Live Oak
Unitarian Universalist Church, 820 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta
It's been a busy year.
CIRCLE BAR B http://www.circlebarbtheatre.com/
It was great working with my daughter Nanda on another musical - TONY AND THE SOPRANO. http://www.independent.com/news/2009/may/28/emtony-sopranoem-comes-circle-bar-b/
We may be doing another musical at CBB in September of 2010.
CITY AT PEACE
Our 2009 production at CenterStage Theater, SUENOS SIN DESTINOS was awesome. JP played synthesizer, trumpet and wood flute.The regular CAP program starts in Fall 2009 on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 8:00 pm - this coming season at the Lobero Theater, downtown Santa Barbara. Teenagers 13 - 19 are welcome to participate, as are adult volunteers. Contact Nancy Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joseph Velasco at email@example.com.
I am in my 4th year as adjunct jazz instructor at WESTMONT COLLEGE, I direct the WM Jazz Ensemble, and we rehearse in Kerr Student Center, 2nd floor lounge Wednesdays 7:30 - 10:30 pm.
SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE
I am in my second year at SBCC accompanying Ike Jenkins's jazz choir. I am also accompanying vocal performance classes taught by SBCC choir director Nathan Kreitzer.
DOS PUEBLOS HIGH SCHOOL
Currently we are in auditions for Kander & Ebbs' (Cabaret, Chicago) last musical written together, CURTAINS - set to open March 11, 2010 in the new DPHS theater. Also, the 6th period musical theatre class presents a huge revue of songs by Stephen Schwartz on January 12, 2010 in the little theater,
Nanda made the cast of HOLIDAY PACKAGE this year, and is quite funny. JP is making his senior year at DPHS ever so memorable by twittering about with the jocks in the legendary male ballet segment of Holiday Package, running Monday - Thursday December 14 - 17, 2009,
Nanda served as understudy in the play "You Can't Take It With You" in November, and had one performance in that production.
ANNIE was a huge hit in March 2009. My Nanda and Kendra Fellows shared the cute lead role. JP was on trumpet in the orchestra, as always. In May the 6th period Musical Theatre class persented a massive broadway revue conceived and assembled by Clark Sayre called MUSICAL WORLDS.
JP and I shared accompanist duties for the DPHS Concert Choir holiday concert December 11 and 12. Nanda sang with the advanced jazz choir and the concert choir.
Ike Jenkins, Jeff Peterson and I were honored in the annual spring fund raiser concert for the DPHS jazz choir on May 30.
SANTA BARBARA HIGH SCHOOL
I composed the music and collaborated with director Otto Layman, choreographer Christina McCarthy and costumier Lisa Lange to put on an original adaptation (by Otto) of PINOCCHIO, which ran this past November.
The same team did HAIR in the summer of 2008 at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, then A VILLAGE FABLE (I wrote the music for the songs) in November 2008, and FOOTLOOSE in May 2009. In between I did MUSIC OF THE NIGHT in February 09 with the awesome SBHS theatre kids
Music of the Night returns February 4, 5 and 6, 2010. The spring musical runs May 7 - 15, 2010.
GOLETA VALLEY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
We are gearing up for the spring musical, HONK!, an ugly duckling story with great songs. It will run in April 2010.
We just completed a massive broadway revue, "GOT BROADWAY? IV," December 5 & 6. Theatre teacher Carolyn Ross conceived the show, taught the kids the songs, conducted the band, and directed the show. Denise Moore and Christina McCarthy choreographed. We collaborated again, along with Jamie Hixon, on PIRATES OF PENZANCE last April.
The GVJHS Jazz Band did the winter concert last week, and was positively roaring - those young musicians met every challenge I put to them with aplomb. Spring concerts are scheduled for March 25 and May 27, 2010, and we will perform in the DPHS and SBHS JAZZ FESTIVALS.