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Suzanne Brooks, The Jazz GenerationJazz Band from Sacramento, CA

Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 1 Review
  • 3 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2010
  • 1 Award or Badge
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $1,200 per event

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The Jazz Generation band was featured in the October/November 2019 issue 10, Lifoti Entertainment Magazine, November 2019: "Suzanne Brooks and the Innovative Musicians of The Jazz Generation perform in many genres. Twelve CDs and 2 musicals are the result. On November 20, 2021 The Jazz Generation performed their musical, “Great Women of Jazz: History of Music, 1890 to 1990” for the annual “Brilliance by the Bay” for San Francisco Regional MENSA Gathering. The Jazz Generation performs in concert, gigs or stage shows, with themes like the "Roaring Twenties" and "Harlem Renaissance" or themes from decades of Jazz, R&B, Latin, Blues, and Gospel. Suzanne Brooks, Vocalist, Bandleader, and Song Writer of The Jazz Generation Band is originally from Philadelphia, PA. Now based in Sacramento CA, she is still influenced by East Coast Jazz, R&B, The Philly Sound, Latin & Caribbean rhythm, love of language diversity--especially Spanish, folk songs and country music, and the influence of deep family Gospel roots. A Jazz Stylist who writes, produces & directs her own musical shows and recordings in her own studio, on her own label, she is an independent recording artist with 12 CDs, covers and original music. Suzanne is a literary writer of poems, fiction, nonfiction, one-act play and public speaker on social issues. She is a lover of dance and theater. She has a history as an English/ESL teacher-tutor for students from K-12 to University and adult community students. Presently, she is converting her audio studio to a live/video streaming studio. In the inauguration of California Trail Blazers by the legal publication, The Record, Suzanne Brooks was the only honoree who was not an attorney. Christopher Lee, Pianist/Keyboardist, The Jazz Generation, began playing classical piano at the age of three and began learning jazz piano in high school. Chris continues to pursue his musical passion through frequent performances with Sacramento-area musicians. Chris attributes his jazz education to the formal and informal encounters he has had over the years with many musicians, including, Craig Faniani, Jerry Murphy, Bobby Bradford (Southern California), Joe Gilman, Steve Roach, Mike Kelley, Aaron Garner, and Paul Klempau. Since 2002, Chris has performed with groups such as the CSUS Latin Jazz Ensemble and the Moonlight Swing Big Band, and in Mondavi Center, the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. He has served as the regular pianist of The Jazz Generation for nearly 20 years. He is an exceptional improvisor. Chris is also a California attorney and an active athlete in half-marathons. Alan Ginter, 2nd, Bassist, an exceptionally accomplished musician and teacher of multiple aspects of music in multiple institutions and countries is now a regular musician of The Jazz Generation. . Remarkably, he has remained a professional musician, touring the world with famous and not so famous jazz artists and pop stars, Reggae and blues bands, symphonies, chamber ensembles, and bluegrass bands. He has been on TV, radio, recordings and on stage on four continents and in most European capitals. An extraordinary educator, Alan has served as Music Program Director at the Independent Studies Arts Academy Company, Director of Instrumental Music, Director of Symphonic, Concert, and Beginning Bands, String Orchestra and Quartet, Drumline, and Chamber Ensembles at many educational institutions. Alan ha directed Symphonic, Concert, Jazz, and Pep Bands, his work taking him to TED Ankara College, Turkey, where he supervised concerts for 13 full-time teachers and 6,000 students and wrote the national, K-12 music curriculum, as well as leading the experts who translated it into Turkish and presented it to the Ministry of Education. He has also taught in Bolivia. Jack Stanfill has played drums in small groups, big bands, concert bands, and orchestras playing traditional, be-bop, modern, and avant-garde jazz, country-western, Latin, pop, swing, jump, rock and roll, military, and Broadway music. Jack played in the III Marine Amphibious Force Drum & Bugle Corps in Vietnam, the Oregon Symphony, and Las Vegas lounge acts--The Del Reys and Sloopy and the Red Barons. Locally, Jack has played with Rob Swenson Trio, Sister Swing, Vivian Leigh, Ron Davis, Fred Morgan, The Jazz Auchestra, Swing City, and numerous other ensembles. He also played at the North Seas Jazz Festival with the Consumes River College Jazz Band and performed in "Oh What A Night - The Jersey Boys" at the Bear Valley Music Festival. Jack has a BA from University of Portland and a teaching credential, as well as Masters in Educational Technology from California State University. Otis Mourning (reeds) has been playing traditional jazz since his teens and is considered one of the premier clarinetists in the country. He is also much sought-after as a saxophonist in the Sacramento area and is the first call in bands of all kinds and stripes.

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Avg 5.0 | 1 Review

Review by Monica S.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on November 8, 2014From San Francisco, CA

Suzanne carried the utmost level of professionalism from the contracting phase to the event planning to the day of events. She took every step necessary to ensure that we had a successful event and even drove down from Sacramento to conduct a site visit to make sure she had the appropriate equipment for our event based on the acoustics of our space in San Francisco. Not to mention, their performance was perfection. I would highly recommend their services to anyone looking for their style of music.

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  • The Very Thought of You | Billie Holiday
  • Hey, John | Blossom Dearie
  • Twisted | Annie Ross
  • How High The Moon | Ella Fitzgerald
  • Farmers Market | Annie Ross
  • Girl/Boy From Ipanema | Astrud Gilberto
  • Tu Mi Delirio | Astrud Gilberto
  • Candombe pa' la Lia | Suzanne Brooks and Sergio Ortuño
  • Lasting Impression | Suzanne Brooks and Reggie Graham
  • Bring Your Love Along | Blossom Dearie
  • Night In Tunisia | Chaka Khan
  • As I Remember Him | Nancy Lamott
  • Come on Home | Lambert, Hendricks and Ross
  • Moody's Mood for Love | King Pleasure
  • Come Fly with Me | Tony Bennett
  • My Favorite Things | Sarah Vaughn
  • Be My Husband | Nina Simone
  • Wild Is The Wind | Nina Simone
  • High Life | Ross Schneider
  • Triple Threat | Rodgers Grant
  • The Way You Look Tonight | Frank Sinatra
  • Georgia | Ray Charles
  • Billie Jean | Michael Jackson
  • Blue Suede Shoes | Fats Domino/Elvis Presley
  • Superstition | Stevie Wonder
  • Celebration | Kool and the Gang
  • Don't Know Why | Nora Jones
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips | I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  • I Got A Woman | Ray Charles
  • I'm Every Woman | Whitney Houston
  • I Believe In You and Me | Whitney Houston
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody | Whitney Houston
  • At Last | Etta James
  • I Can't Make You Love Me | Bonnie Raitt
  • Dance With My Father | Luther Vandross
  • I'll Make Love To You | Boyz to Men
  • Love and Happiness | Al Green
  • Sara Smile | Hall and Oates
  • Y.M.C.A. | The Village People
  • Funkytown | Lipps Inc
  • Copa Cabana | Barry Manilow
  • Twist | Chubby Checker
  • Be My Baby | The Ronettes
  • Hound Dog or Don't Be Cruel | Elvis Presley
  • We Are Family | Sister Sledge
  • Get the Party Started | Pink
  • Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In | The Fifth Dimension-- Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In
  • Dancing Queen | Abba
  • Super Freak | Rick James
  • Stayin' Alive | Bee Gees
  • Let’s Get It Started | Let’s Get It Started
  • My Girl | Temptations
  • Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough | Michael Jackson
  • Let’s Get It On | Marvin Gaye
  • Hotel California | Eagles
  • Another One Bits The Dust | Queen
  • When A Man Loves A Woman | Percy Sledge
  • Moondance | Van Morrison

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Past Events

November 20, 2021 • "Great Women of Jazz. "San Francisco Regional Mensa
Sat8:30 PM - 10:00 PM San Jose, CA
December 19, 2019 • Nonprofit Event
Thu1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Sacramento, CA
June 22, 2019 • Rotary Club
Sat6:30 PM - 10:00 PM Martinez, CA
May 3, 2019 • Community United Methodist Church
Fri10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Half Moon Bay, CA
April 24, 2019 • Afrique Restaurant
Wed4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Antioch, CA
November 18, 2018 • Diamond K Estates
Sun2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Roseville, CA
January 21, 2017 • National Women's March
Sat12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Sacramento, CA
January 20, 2017 • Mercy McMahon Terrace
Fri3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Sacramento, CA
December 10, 2016 • Fundraiser
Sat10:30 AM - 1:30 PM Sacramento, CA
April 25, 2015 • Women's Civic Improvement Club of Sacramento
Sat12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Sacramento, CA
November 8, 2014 • Corporate Function
Sat6:30 PM - 9:30 PM San Francisco, CA
May 4, 2014 • The Crest Theater
Sun4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sacramento, CA

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