School of the Arts

Jazz X-Press: Soul-Ciology

the Jazz X-Press performing

California State University, Chico’s School of the Arts presents the Jazz X-Press in their fall concert, Soul-Ciology. The concert takes place Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. are available at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333.

“There will be the swing and blues of jazz and for a twist we will be adding in some Latin tinge,” said Rocky Winslow, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

This concert will feature the Jazz X-Press along with local Latin band Chico Latin Orquesta, which is made up of many current and former Jazz X-Press members. The Chico Latin Orquesta will open the show and join the Jazz X-Press throughout the concert.

“The idea of coming together as sort of a play on the soul-ciology arose from reflecting on how much of a family the X-Press has been to me across the last couple decades,” said Winslow.

This idea of coming together in this concert is not limited to the current and former members of the Jazz X-Press. Also featured will be the two new Department of Music and Theatre faculty members Chris Navarette, director of Bands, and Paul Young, music industry professor and trombonist.

Pieces performed by the Jazz X-Press will include “Mean What You Say” by Thad Jones featuring Navarette and pieces by Chief Steve Williams of The Navy Commodores. A couple of new compositions written by Navarette will also be performed. 

Tickets for the concert are priced at $18 adults, $16 seniors, and $6 students and youth, and are available to purchase at CSU, Chico’s University Box Office, 530-898-6333.

For those who need special seating accommodations, please call 530-898-6333. More information is available online at the School of the Arts website and Facebook page.


Story by Shelby Casey, publicity assistant, School of the Arts

About the Jazz X-Press

The Jazz X-Press, directed by Rocky Winslow, is the top jazz ensemble at CSU, Chico. There are about 20 CSU, Chico students of any major in this auditioned ensemble. Instrumentation includes trombone, trumpet, saxophone, bass, guitar, drums, and piano. The Jazz X-Press plays pieces from standard big band jazz to cutting edge jazz to student compositions. Styles of pieces can include standard jazz, funk, Latin, rock, etc. In their concerts, the ensemble makes use of jazz improvisation and original “charts” written specifically for the ensemble.

About the Director

Rocky Winslow

Rocky Winslow has been the director of jazz studies at California State University, Chico since 2002. Winslow received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in jazz studies from University of North Texas. In addition to his experiences as a professor, Winslow is also a professional trumpet Yamaha artist and clinician, appearing regularly at high schools and universities around the country. He has served as the all-state guest conductor and a trumpet clinician for music education associations in Texas, Nevada, California, Arkansas, Hawaii, Australia, Japan, and Scotland. As a performer, Winslow has shared the stage, recorded, and toured with artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Falcone Orchestra, Chaka Khan, Peabo Bryson, The Temptations, Don Menza Big Band, Natalie Cole, Drew Carey, Paul Anka, The Four Tops, Bob Newhart, Frankie Valli, and many others.