Laguna Beach Live!

Live! Music Insights

Live! Music Insights

 Laguna Beach Live! brings life-long learning opportunities 

Seminar Series


An exciting and educational program for jazz fans and music pros alike.

Love that jazz, but want to know more?

Join us on Tuesday October 16


You’ll learn:

- The history of jazz from its roots to today.

- Jazz “rules” and techniques.

- How jazz musicians make their magic onstage.

- All accompanied by live demonstration by professional musicians

Your hosts: Steve Wade, Music and Jazz Director Laguna Beach Schools, and Joey Sellers, Director of Jazz Studies at Saddleback College

Location:  Mozambique Restaurant

Time and date: from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Tuesday October 16.

Tuition for a single session $30

Food and beverages, at “Happy Hour” prices, will be available from 5:00 to 6:00pm

October 2 - Understanding Jazz 1925 thru 1950 (Swing through Bebop)

The increased acceptance and popularity of jazz made the soundtrack of an era. The music transitioned from a celebration of life to a more respected art form. The need for more exciting and expressive music inspired musicians to be more creative.

  • What influenced jazz culturally and historically.

  • The rhythms and harmony associated with evolving jazz styles.

  • Musical forms and changes in musician’s roles and interaction, Including jazz composition techniques.

  • Jazz vocabulary and expression – demonstrations of nuances and stylistic components.

  • What influence the record industry had on the development and promotion of jazz.

  • Popular songs that represent the development of musical style, form and standard repertoire.

October 16 – Contemporary Jazz – from 1950 to the present.

The language of jazz has become part of so many musical styles. This evening will be dedicated to the development of jazz since the 1950’s and its influence on popular music styles. Find out how and where to listen to jazz from our amazing musician experts.

  • Program to include examples of all popular jazz styles. How to listen for style and authenticity.

  • Defining contemporary jazz and how to appreciate changes in instrumentation and musician proficiency/versatility.

  • Global appeal of jazz.

  • Popular songs that represent the development of musical style and form

  • Where to go listen to jazz – Laguna Beach Live!, schools, recommendation of literature and media for continued learning.



Steven Wade, Director of Music and Jazz Laguna Beach Unified School District.

Steve has over 25 years of experience teaching and conducting bands and orchestras from elementary to college level. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the City of Leeds College of Music, England, and a Teaching Credential and Master of Jazz Performance degree from California State University, Long Beach.  He has also studied conducting at the Canford School of Music in England. Having relocated to California in 2002, Mr. Wade is in his 16th year of teaching band, orchestra, and jazz at schools in Orange County.

An active freelance trumpet player, Mr. Wade has performed on international tours, jazz festivals, and television and radio recordings, and brings a wealth of experience and passion for playing of all styles of music.


Joey Sellers, Director of Jazz Studies at Saddleback College

Joey is a highly regarded composer, arranger, trombonist and educator. Sellers teaches improvisation, jazz ensembles, composition, and jazz history. An accomplished composer in both jazz and classical idioms, Sellers has written for Doc Severinsen, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, symphony orchestras in Tulsa, Long Beach and San Antonio and several works commissioned by the St. Louis Brass.

Sellers freelanced for years in New York City and Los Angeles and was Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University. Sellers is recipient of the Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition, the Sammy Nestico Award, and the Julius Hemphill Composition Award.


Past Live! Music Insights Events:

  • "All That Jazz: A Historical Retrospective" with Bijon Watson

  • "The Grass is Blue: America's Legacy of Bluegrass and Spirituals" with Rober Istad

  • What Makes Bach Great? with John Mangum

  • Stolen Moments, the First 100 Years of Jazz with the Metta Quintet

  • The Song Goes On: From Art Song to Broadway and Beyond with John Mangum

  • Do you hear what I hear? with Roxanna Ward