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A concert stage is being constructed on a grassy hill at CSM in preparation for the annual Jazz on the Hill event Saturday, June 6. 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.

For Ramirez, the emergence of Latin rock and the widely popular debut of Santana was a defining moment of acceptance for his culture.

This year the event not only showcases the breadth and depth of the Bay Area scene, it’s also a celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary, complete with public tours of the campus.

After a nine-year hiatus, the popular day-long jazz celebration will return to the home of the area’s only jazz radio station, KCSM 91.1 FM, on the campus of College of San Mateo.

CSM Electronic Music student Luis Leonorellana was part of the creative team that created “O’KANE 1.0” which won Best Film in the 2012 San Jose 48HFP Film Festival. Luis is responsible for all of the recording, original music and sound effects.

Some 300 people gathered at the San Mateo College theater here May 12 for a dazzling array of Indian dance and music at the first anniversary performance of the Netra Center for Arts and Culture.

The Mary Meta Lazarus Child Development Center will be hosting a spring benefit concert featuring the Bay Area band “Native Elements” and the San Francisco Panhandlers Steel Drum Band this Saturday, May 12.

On April 14, singer and performer Pamela Rose will present her acclaimed show, “Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era,” in a benefit concert for KCSM-FM.

CSM music instructor Tim Devine is currently playing in the orchestra of the national touring company of Billy Elliot at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco.

Internationally renowned musician and CSM instructor John Santos is featured in an article in the April 2011 issue of DRUM! Magazine. The article follows the evolution of Santos’ music from his early days in San Francisco’s Mission District to his rise as one of the Bay Area’s most versatile Latin musicians.