Frunkyman: New Works Fest 2023 - San Jose Jazz

Frunkyman: New Works Fest 2023

New Works Fest 2023
Sat, Apr 22
7pm doors; 8pm showtime (Pacific)
$10 / SJZ Break Room

Bay Area based bassist and composer, Frunkyman (aka Miguel Leyva) has recently graduated from SJSU’s Jazz Studies Masters program. He spends his time working as a session musician, arranger and composer for different media outlets. Mostly, cinematic projects in Los Angeles where he obtained an undergraduate degree in media composition at CSUN. Projects he’s been involved include: Genius: Picasso, FIFA 2018, Drifting Dragons, and the Video Game Awards 2018.

His passion for jazz and funk has compelled him to create and hone the Frunkyman sound concept /experience for the past year. The cosmically eccentric sound adorned with elaborate funk convolutions and electronic elements have been a new sound in the Bay Area with notable performances at Blues and Brews Festival, San Jose Museum Of Art, and San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.

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Streaming Options

This event will be live-streamed on SJZ’s YouTube and Facebook pages. 


funk, R&B


Trevor Strohl - tenor sax, EWI Ora Folden - trombone Ricky Martinez - trumpet Jonathan Franaszek - piano, synths Dylan Escudero - guitar Miguel Levya - bass Nick Aganad - drums

New Works Fest

New Works Fest 2024 features performances from Feb 16 to March 2 by some of the most exciting artists in jazz, blues, R&B, soul and electronic music in the SF Bay Area. The festival is an outgrowth of SJZ’s Jazz Aid Fund initiative, which provided crucial funds to 20 artists, each to produce a new work.

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