Diversions (album)

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Diversons (CSULA album).jpg
Studio album by
California State University, Los Angeles
Jazz Ensemble
Released 1987
Recorded Sage and Sound Recording
Hollywood, California
Genre Jazz, Big band, instrumental
Length 46:12
Label H D C Music Publications
Producer David Caffey, Charles Richard, and Scott Ackerman

California State University, Los Angeles
Jazz Ensemble chronology
We're Back!

cat. # CSULA 887

Music sample

Diversions[1] is a 1987 album (LP Vinyl) released by the California State University, Los Angeles Jazz Ensemble, it featured the Charles Richard Suite for Jazz Orchestra which was premiered by Dave Edwards[2] earlier that year. This group proved to be one of the finest college jazz orchestras of that era with having placed in the finals of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival.[3] The jazz band had numerous student musicians that have made a name for themselves as professionals to include Sharon Hirata,[4] Luis Bonilla, Jack Cooper, Charlie Richard, Eric "Bobo" Correa, Vince Dublino, Alan Parr, and José Arellano.


In 1984 and 1985 the California State University, Los Angeles Music Department and CSULA Associated Students decided to fund LP recordings of the jazz ensemble to better serve as a teaching tool for student music, jazz groups. Diversions is the third of six albums to come from CSULA during the 1980s featuring the award winning CSULA #1 Jazz Ensemble.[5] The LP contains tracks from the #1 CSULA Jazz Ensemble to include compositions of four students and from the director (professor David Caffey). The group was fortunate enough to have the assistance or both George Stone on piano for the recording and world-class saxophonist Dave Edwards who premiered Charlie Richard's work earlier that academic year.

The qualities of the LP that set it apart from numerous university jazz records of that era is the fact it was entirely written and composed by the students and faculty of CSULA at such a high level; also this being the third LP in a row CSULA had done this.[6] There has been a consistent tradition of musicians coming from the CSULA program who have worked with major musical acts, on major studio and movie projects, and hold positions in higher education in music. The roster on this album is self-evident as to the diversity and level of student musicians CSULA developed at that time and has for many years dating far back to musicians (graduates) such as Lennie Niehaus and Gabe Baltazar.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by various artists listed. 

No. Title Length
1. "Diversions (David Caffey)[7]"   8:17
2. "Ballad For Now (Scott Ackerman)"   5:18
3. "Vaya! Trombones (José Arellano)"   8:31
4. "Suite For Jazz Orchestra: Waltz, Ballad, Latin (Charles Richard)"   19:03
5. "Con Alma (Dizzy Gillespie, arr. Jack Cooper)"   4:11
Total length:

Recording Sessions[edit]




  • Recording engineers: Jim Mooney, Bob Kinsey, and Jerry Wood
  • Mixing engineers: Jim Mooney and David Caffey
  • Mastering: K Disc
  • Cover art: Randy Piland


  1. ^ All Music Guide, Diversions
  2. ^ *NOTE* Dave Edwards had come back to school at CSULA to try and finish a degree he left in the middle of while at Auburn University in the early 1960s
  3. ^ WE'RE BACK! liner notes, Cal State L.A. Jazz Ensemble LP. 1986
  4. ^ Sharon Hirata featured on tenor with the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, 2008
  5. ^ 1982 Playboy Jazz Festival winner (Playboy Jazz Festival Volume I, OCLC 16737109), 1986 finals of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, 1988 combo winner of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, special invited performances at the 1987 MENC Convention in Seattle and the 1989 IAJE Convention in San Diego
  6. ^ WE'RE BACK! liner notes, Cal State L.A. Jazz Ensemble LP. 1986.
  7. ^ Diversions, UNC Jazz Press, Listing and Sound file

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