Three jazz musicians playing trumpets

Jazz Ensemble with Guest Artist Christopher Hollyday

Each semester, the SDSU School of Music and Dance presents the acclaimed SDSU Jazz Ensemble for two concerts in one evening. Under the direction of Bill Yeager, this performance will be an invigorating celebration of jazz music.

This semester, a graduate alum of the SDSU jazz program, Christopher Hollyday, will be returning to campus as a featured guest artist. In addition to performing two concerts with the acclaimed Jazz Ensemble on April 18th, he will be leading a free masterclass for music students onWednesday, April 17th.

Christopher Hollyday began performing publicly in 1983 in the Boston area at age thirteen as a member of his brother Richard’s quintet. In 1988 Hollyday headlined a week at the historic Village Vanguard in New York City.  Hollyday toured with Maynard Ferguson as a featured soloist in the trumpeter’s “60th Birthday Big Band”, and recording the “Big Bop Nouveau” album.  From 1989 through 1993, Hollyday toured with his own quartet visiting every Western European country, Brazil, Canada, and most of the United States.  During this period Hollyday made four recordings for RCA records.  As Hollyday toured he visited local schools as a effective clinician and became interested in music education. In 1993 Hollyday pursued his desire to teach and study composition and larger ensemble arranging techniques at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  In 1996, Hollyday relocated to San Diego where he has taught now for 20 years.  Hollyday also completed a master degree in jazz studies at San Diego State University.  He now teaches privately and performs in San Diego.