Mainstream (Fullerton College Jazz Band album)

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Studio album by the
Fullerton College Jazz Band
Released 1994
Recorded Fullerton College
Fullerton, California
Genre Jazz, Big band, instrumental
Length 59:00
Label JLFC
Producer James Linahon
Fullerton College Jazz Band chronology
cat. #9012
Audio sample
"There's A Small Hotel"
Audio sample
"Stella By Starlight"

Mainstream is a CD released by the Fullerton College Jazz Band in 1994, it was critically acclaimed by Down Beat Magazine being given three and a half stars.[1]


In 1981 the Music Department at Fullerton College built a 16 track in house recording facility which was to serve as a teaching tool for both student music groups and students wanting to take recording technology classes at a vocational level. By 1994, when the CD Mainstream was produced, there has been several award winning recordings such as Time Tripping coming from the Fullerton College Jazz Band.[2] The group has been the recipient of numerous Down Beat and NARAS awards and the CDs are distributed worldwide.[3]

During this time the group was selected as the winner for the first ten-day Disney World/International Association for Jazz Education competition for College and University bands; the Fullerton College Jazz Band #1 performed at Disney World in Orlando during the inaugural concerts. After a two-week tour for the U.S. State Department, they opened the 1995 Munich International Jazz Festival.[4]

The CD was dedicated to Rich Matteson who was a highly noted educator and musical artist; he had passed in 1993 shortly after his performances on the recording. A video recording was also made of Matteson's appearance on the CD.[5] Two of the tracks are arranged by Fullerton College Jazz Band alum Jack Cooper.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by various artists listed.

No. Title Length
1. "Stella by Starlight (Victor Young, arr. Matt Catingub)" 3:54
2. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams
(Jimmy Van Heusen, arr. Jack Cooper)"
3. "There Is No Greater Love (Isham Jones, arr. Rich Matteson)" 5:02
4. "How Long Has This Been Going On?
(George Gershwin, arr. Rich Matteson)"
5. "There's a Small Hotel
(Richard Rodgers, arr. Jack Cooper)"
6. "I Hear A Rhapsody (Dick Gasparre, arr. Don Rader)" 4:19
7. "On The Trail (Ferde Grofé, arr. Don Rader)" 5:02
8. "What Is A Woman? (Wes Hensel)" 5:32
9. "Supposin' (P. Denniker, arr. Gordon Brisker)" 5:32
10. "Roadsong (Wes Montgomery, arr. Tom Hynes)" 4:59
11. "Altotude (Matt Catingub)" 4:07
Total length: 59:00

Recording Sessions[edit]



  • Conductors: James Linahon
  • Euphonium (guest soloist): Rich Matteson
  • Trumpet (guest soloists): Don Rader and James Linahon
  • Saxes and woodwinds: Scheila Gonzalez, Andy Ehling, Dan Boulton, Padraic McCoy, Morgan Fry, Steve Slate, David Shoop, Steve Slate, Alicia Mangan
  • Trumpets and flugelhorns: John Trombetta, Al Abrahms, Jennifer Nelson, Dave Allen, Richard Morgan, Matt Estrada, Ed Medina, Greg Back, David Brown, Jennifer Belk
  • Trombones: Ryan Anglin, Tony Arcaro, Matt Batezel, Jeff Stupin, Ray Rust, Jeremy Lynch, Jason McKnight, Francisco Torres, Larry Ebstein
  • Guitar: Mike Scott
  • Piano: Mark Lewis, John Erickson
  • Bass: Trini Sanchez, Garret Graves, April Hayes
  • Drums: Shawn Nourse, Isaac Sanchez, Jared Spears


  • Recording engineers: Trent Nelson and Scott Francisco
  • Second Audio engineer: Jay Hamacek
  • Mixing engineer: James Linahon
  • Mastering: Robert Vosgien at CMS Digital
  • Liner notes: James Linahon
  • Album design: Susan Baxter


Good/Very Good - "... Most of the pieces are classic American songbook material played with the command of a good studio band ..."

Down Beat Magazine 3.5/5 stars

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat[1] 3.5/5 stars
Good/Very Good


  1. ^ a b Review, Down Beat Magazine, October 1st, 1995
  2. ^ the Fullerton College Jazz Band had recorded 6 albums in the 1980s which all had been given very high acclaim in reviews.
  3. ^ liner notes for Mainstream CD
  4. ^ The Fort Nightly Program notes for Claremont-McKenna College Performance, Fullerton College Jazz Ensemble #1, October 19, 1994, Vol. 10 , No. 03.
  5. ^ Rich Matteson live in concert 1991, Fullerton College Jazz Festival, OCLC 777033276
  6. ^ Cooper was on three FCJB recordings including the Time Tripping LP and attended the college in the early 1980s

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