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SMCL and SFJAZZ “Rock With You” via CENIC’s CalREN

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Three Public Libraries to Live Stream the Music of Michael Jackson, Oct. 24 at 11:00 am

Berkeley, October 19, 2015 -- The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) is proud to announce its participation in the Music of Michael Jackson, a live-streamed jazz concert of the award-winning SFJAZZ Collective on Saturday, October 24th. Visitors to the Peninsula Library System’s San Mateo County Library (SMCL) will have the opportunity to experience the event thanks to the library’s lightning-fast expanded Gigabit network and participate in the discussion afterward.

The Gigabit network was provided to SMCL through CENIC’s California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity 3,800-mile fiber-optic-based network designed to meet the unique requirements of research universities, K-20 students, public libraries and Bay Area cultural institutions. The concert will stream exclusively from SFJAZZ Center to audiences at the Belmont Library, East Palo Alto Library, and Redwood City Main Library at 11:00 a.m. PDT.

The matinee, part of SFJAZZ’s "Exchanges from the Stage" series, will feature performing artists from the SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble made up of eight of the finest performers and composers at work in jazz today. The current octet is an international ensemble comprising alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Sean Jones, trombonist Robin Eubanks, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Obed Calvaire.

"The CENIC Gigabit network has, for the first time, enabled SFJAZZ to begin to realize its vision of sharing the spontaneity and art of jazz with new audiences that might not otherwise be exposed to this art form,” said Mount V. Allen, III, CFE, Director of Operations for SFJAZZ. 

Working with the Califa Group and the California State Library, CENIC is committed to connecting all of California’s public libraries to CalREN. To that end, prior to the state’s funding of the High-Speed Broadband in California Public Libraries initiative, CENIC agreed to waive its typical fees over a five-year period -- a value of more than $1.25M -- in order to get the project off the ground. Using the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the Peninsula Library System as pilot sites, CENIC connected them at 10 Gbps and also loaned these library systems the equipment necessary to make the initial upgrades possible. Because libraries are so central to their communities, connecting them to CalREN will one day effectively provide all of California’s 38 million residents with high-performance access to the myriad resources that constitute 21st-century digital citizenship, and will provide California itself with all of the economic benefits of a fully digitally empowered population.

Both fun and educational, this SFJAZZ family matinee concert will provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz using high-resolution video by UltraGrid.. For more information, visit sfjazz.org.

Live Stream Locations:

Belmont Library
1110 Alameda de las Pulgas
Belmont, CA 94002

East Palo Alto Library
2415 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Redwood City Main Library
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063


About CENIC • www.cenic.org

CENIC connects California to the world—advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. This nonprofit organization operates the California Research & Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and other vital public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, and USC. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.


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