Rory Snyder’s Night Jazz Band – Holiday Gift


1 I Mean You………………..Thelonious Monk, arr. Mike Tomaro
Solos: Ron Wetzel – trombone, Mark Rossi – piano

2 Man From Tanganyika……McCoy Tyner, arr. Jamey Simmons
Solos: Ryan Tomko – tenor sax, Walt Beveridge – flugelhorn

3 ‘Round Midnight………….Thelonious Monk, arr. Mike Tomaro
Solo: Rory Snyder

4. Goodbye Yesterday…..…Don Piestrup (as recorded by Buddy
Solos: John Christensen – trumpet, Ian Willson – alto sax

5. Peep………………………Michael Brecker, arr. Chuck Owen
Solos: Stephen Herrick – tenor sax, Rory Snyder – soprano sax
Sandy Hughes – trombone, Andy Dillard – drums

*Rory Snyder – alto and soprano sax, flute
Ian Willson – alto sax, clarinet
Stephen Herrick – tenor sax, flute
Ryan Tomko – tenor sax, clarinet
Brenda Thompson – bari sax, clarinet
Trumpets and Flugelhorns
*Rich Bice
Michael Beveridge
Walt Beveridge
John Christensen
*Sandy Hughes
Ron Wetzel
Will Betts
Kevin Grant, bass bone

Rhythm Section
Mark Rossi – piano
Karl Hartmann – acoustic and electric basses
Andy Dillard – drum set


The Night Jazz Band, formerly known as the Diablo Valley College
Night Jazz Band, has been playing for 47 years and counting. It is
now a private pro band that plays at bay area clubs like The Terrace
Room, Doc’s Lab, Fenix, The Empress Theatre, Armando’s and
more. The Band also plays concerts at colleges and other schools in
the area, including Concord HS, SJSU, The Athenian School and
others. The Night Jazz Band has recorded 3 CDs, the first featuring
PHIL WOODS and the second featuring Toshiko Akiyoshi. The latest
release is DVC Jazz Live at Yoshi’s w/ Bob Mintzer, which is
available on Amazon. For more info and to listen, visit

The band has performed with a stellar list of great guest artists
including Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Wayne Bergeron, Bill Watrous,
Bruce Forman, Bobby Hutcherson, Don Menza, John Clayton,
Gordon Goodwin, Ed Shaughnessy, Grant Geissman, Bob Mintzer,
Wayne Wallace, Tom Politzer and more.

All of the musicians in The Night Jazz Band are top notch
professional players, and some are school music and private lesson
teachers. Many of them have played in the band for years, leading to
a very tight band with a unique and distinctive sound and reputation.
The group plays a wide variety of big band musical styles from classic
to modern, including charts from many of the top big bands in jazz
history – Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich –
and current top bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Charles
Mingus, the Vanguard Orchestra and more. The Night Jazz Band is
available for hire for any occasion, including free or reduced prices for
shared school concert fundraisers. Just contact Rory Snyder at 925-
212-1463 or

Rory Snyder is a Professor Emeritus from Diablo Valley College in
Pleasant Hill where he was Director of Jazz Studies for 21 years. For
16 years prior to that he was the Director of Bands at Homestead
High School and Jazz Director at Santa Clara University. He earned
a B.A. from UCLA and an M.M. from the University of Northern
Colorado. Rory is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, honor band
director, and guest artist throughout the west. He plays saxes,
clarinets and flute and was recently inducted into the California
Alliance for Jazz Hall of Fame.

3 responses... add one

Thanks so much, Alan. You are definitely the man. I was able to find my way around the site easily and download the music. Now I’ll send out the link to everybody

Thank you Alan. Thank you & Happy Birthday Rory. We’ll download & listen in a few. Happy Holidays!

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