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The Quarantine Sessions

by BC Jazz Studies

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The Quarantine Sessions
Bakersfield College Jazz Combos
Kris Tiner, Director

In March of 2020, as the global pandemic became a reality and stay-at-home orders went into effect, we found ourselves unable to meet in person to rehearse or hold class as usual. All of our scheduled concerts, including our annual Jazz Day festival, were eventually cancelled. Classes continued to meet online using Zoom, but the limitations of that platform for playing together live were immediately obvious. Doing anything with the music we had been rehearsing for eight weeks was suddenly out of the question. Instead, we began working on these digital collaborations. We used Zoom to chat and share ideas, Google Drive to share charts and files, cell phones and any home recording technology we could get our hands on to capture music that reflected the ups and downs of these strange days we were going through together. Our goal was to let the times guide our creativity, and the result is this album.

Please enjoy, and purchase a copy if you have the means. All proceeds benefit the BC Jazz Studies program.


released June 16, 2020

1. Most People Were Silent (Taylor/Ocampo)
Zach Taylor - saxophone, mixing
Jack Ocampo - guitar, bass
Words by J. Robert Oppenheimer

2. Essential Worker’s Blues (Martinez/Bray/Foster)
Izzy Foster - trombone, trumpet, guitar, keys, percussion
Ismael Lorzo - trumpet
Chris Alamo - tenor saxophone
Roman Arreola - guitar
Marina Martinez - bass
Matt Bray - drums

3. Starfish (Wilson)
Abigail Wilson - alto saxophone, piano
Anthony Stone - trumpet
Zacary “Sparky” Craig - guitar
Jack Ocampo - bass
Manny Aldaco - drums

4. Insomnia (Nolan)
Zach Taylor - alto saxophone, clarinet
Abigail Wilson - tenor sax
Kal-El Nolan - guitar, production
Jack Ocampo - bass
Manny Aldaco - drums
Words excerpted from "Dope" by Amiri Baraka

5. Drive Thru Sermon (Foster)
Izzy Foster - trumpet, trombone, piano, drums
Marina Martinez - bass

6. Quarantine Walk Downtown (Fese)
Amanda Fese - piano, vibes, field recordings
Ashanti Law - “passing by” piano
Marcos Gonzalez - guitar

7. I Know You Remember (Taylor/Ocampo)
Zach Taylor - saxophone, clarinet, keyboard, mixing
Jack Ocampo - guitar, bass

8. Sweet Day (Mora)
Ricardo Mora - keyboard, bass, drums
Marcos Gonzalez - guitar

All music created, performed, recorded, and mixed by students working from home.

Final mix and mastering by Kris Tiner.

Album art by Abigail Wilson.

Special thanks to Chris Schlarb for dropping by with inspiration when we needed it most.

For more info visit www.bcjazz.org


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