Riverside City College jazz bands play at downtown hall

They jazzed up the crowd Thursday night, May 12, at the Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts Concert Hall.

A member of Riverside City College’s Jazz Lab Band No. 1 plays trombone at the Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts Concert Hall in downtown Riverside on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Director James Rocillo speaks to the crowd before a performance by Riverside City College’s Jazz Lab Band No. 1 at the Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts Concert Hall in downtown Riverside on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

James Rocillo points toward a guitarist as he directs a show by Riverside City College’s Jazz Lab Band No. 1 at the Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts Concert Hall in downtown Riverside on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Members of Riverside City College’s Jazz Lab Band No. 1 play at the Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts Concert Hall in downtown Riverside on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

A member of Riverside City College’s Jazz Lab Band No. 1 plays vibraphone at the Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts Concert Hall in downtown Riverside on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

James Rocillo directs Riverside City College’s Jazz Lab Band No. 1 during a show at the Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts Concert Hall in downtown Riverside on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

A guest records Riverside City College’s Jazz Lab Band No. 1 as it performs at the Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts Concert Hall in downtown Riverside on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Members of Riverside City College’s Jazz Lab Band No. 1 perform at the Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts Concert Hall in downtown Riverside on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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Three bands from Riverside City College’s nationally-recognized jazz program performed at the downtown Riverside venue. They included the Tuesday Evening Jazz Ensemble directed by Brian McNair, Jazz Lab Band No. 1 led by James Rocillo, and the Thursday Evening Jazz Ensemble directed by Steven Ragsdale.

The concert was part of a two-day program featuring six groups that continues Friday, May 13, RCC spokesperson Peggy Lomas said.

Friday’s lineup includes:

Jazz Lab Band No. 2, directed by Brian Mantz.
RCC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Charlie Richard.
Monday Evening Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kevin Mayes and Charlie Richard.

The second concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday.

The concert hall will host two well-known musicians Sunday, May 22.

Tom Hooten, principal trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will perform an 11 a.m. recital that day, followed by a 4 p.m. show by the RCC Concert Band and Wind Ensemble that will feature saxophone virtuoso Harvey Pittel, a news release states.

Tickets are available at rccboxoffice.com/rccmusic/