The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
A concert stage is being constructed on a grassy hill at College of San Mateo in preparation for the annual Jazz on the Hill event Saturday, June 6.
Hosted in collaboration with KCSM Jazz 91, volunteers, students and faculty of the CSM music department have been planning activities around a lineup of jazz performances to entertain and thank the community for their ongoing support.
“I wish I could join as a regular attendee but I am happy to be putting this together because it’s rewarding,” said Dante Betteo, station manager at KCSM Jazz 91.
The free event is a day for people to relax and enjoy the campus with music, wine and beer, food truck offerings and art and crafts tables, said Betteo.
“We want to show our appreciation to our listeners and the community,” he said.
The event features two stages; one with a professional lineup of musicians and another to showcase new talent from four Bay Area youth jazz groups.
The professional stage will feature vocalist Jamie Davis at noon, Dirty Cello at 1:15 p.m., singer Maria Muldaur at 2:15 p.m., saxophonist Anton Schwartz and his quintet at 3:15 p.m. and percussionist Poncho Sanchez at 4:30 p.m.
Fresh from a music tour of New York City, the award-winning Carlmont High School Jazz Ensemble will share the spotlight at CSM’s Little Theater building with student musicians from the Stanford Jazz Workshop Giant Steps Big Band, SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo and The Jazzschool Studio Band.
The youth stage was added last year and was well received by audiences who got a chance to preview up and coming talent, said Liz Rosinki, a representative for the event.
“We are very excited about the lineup this year and the event has a lot to offer,” said Betteo.
Besides the great music and entertainment, audiences can enter a raffle to win a brand new BMW electric car.
Jazz on the Hill is on Saturday, June 6 from noon to 6 p.m. For more information visit jazzonthehill.org.