Concert: The Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble with Sullivan Fortner ’08

January 16, 2019
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Jazz at Lincoln Center—Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

The Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble, with guest pianist Sullivan Fortner, 2008 Oberlin Conservatory alumnus, will perform two shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center—Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on January 16, 2019, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.


There is a cover charge of $35 ($20 students), plus a $10 food and beverage minimum per person. For reservations, call (212) 258-9800 or reserve tickets online.

Ensemble Lineup

Bobby Ferrazza, Director, Oberlin Conservatory Division of Jazz Studies

  • Georgia Heers, voice
  • Camille Vogley-Howes, violin
  • Ben Oglesby-Davis, guitar

  • Birsa Chatterjee, saxophone

  • Caleb Smith, trombone

  • Michael Spearman, trombone

  • Benjamin Bock, piano

  • Eli Heath, bass

  • Ari Smith, bass

  • Jacob Swedlow, drums

About the Ensemble

Group photo of the 9 ensemble members, three of them holding instruments: a tenor sax, a trombone, and an electric guitar.
The 2018-19 Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble

Membership in “The Sonny Ensemble” is awarded through audition to outstanding Oberlin student musicians who exhibit exemplary commitment to serving humanity, in the tradition of Rollins himself. He charged the group to “trust that later on in life, there’s something bigger for you when you serve others.” For its New York debut, the ensemble will play original work and arrangements including charts by Sonny Rollins as well as some post-bop and hard-bop tunes. They’ll perform with Oberlin 2008 alumnus and award-winning pianist Sullivan Fortner.

The ensemble was created in 2018 with the establishment of the Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble Fund.

About Jazz Studies at Oberlin

The year 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Oberlin’s Division of Jazz Studies. The conservatory first incorporated jazz into its curriculum in 1973 under the direction of Wendell Logan, and the four-year curriculum in jazz studies became an official major for the bachelor of music degree in 1989. Today, students can major in jazz performance and jazz composition