School of the Arts

The 2022–2023 Season

The Chico State Jazz X-Press

Jazz X-Press Hosts Spring Concert

The Chico State Jazz X-Press has been at work and looks forward to sharing another night of fantastic jazz music during its spring concert on Saturday, April 8.

With the theme "Jazz for 300: What is Swing?" Jazz X-Press Director Rocky Winslow aims to pair two of his passions. Winslow, who is also a Music and Theatre Department faculty, is an avid Jeopardy fan and came up with the concept for the concert while watching the game show one evening.

Aside from the Chico State jazz band, the lineup also includes the Pleasant Valley High School Jazz Band as the opening act and a special guest appearance by Jim White. The repertoire includes standards and new works from Chico State students and faculty.

“Jazz is hip. It’s always new,” said Winslow. “Even though some standard works will be played, there are great ways to make it sound different and new from times before.”

Drummer Jim White
Photo courtesy of Jim White

Guest artist White is a drummer originally from Nashville, Tennessee who has worked on many projects including collaborations with artists like Alison Krauss, Crystal Gayle, and Willie Nelson. He is currently a jazz professor at Northern Colorado University and a long-time friend of Winslow.

“The audience will leave the room singing and dancing, while mouths will be on the floor after hearing Jim White,” said Winslow.

This concert will be 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8, in Harlen Adams Theatre (PAC 144) at Chico State. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $6 for youth and Chico State students. Tickets are available online at, in person at the University Box Office on the corner of West Third and Chestnut streets, or by phone at 530-898-6333.

For those who need special seating accommodation, please call 530-898-6333.

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