AJQ Alumni Jazz Quartet

  • Gayle Serdan: Piano
  • Joaquin Hernandez: Drums
  • Eugene Baylon Jaceldo: Bass
  • Robert Knop: Tenor Saxophone

Comprised of CSUSB faculty, educators, and alumni, AJQ Quartet was formed in 2008. The group quickly moved on to establish its own unique contemporary style and began composing/arranging original material. The quartet currently appears regularly at jazz venues in the Inland Empire. AJQ is currently releasing their first CD entitled "While You Were Out". The entire CD was recorded, mixed, and mastered at CSUSB under the direction of professor Scott Vance. AJQ can be reached by calling Robert Knop at (909) 537-5463.

Gayle Serdan (piano)

Gayle Serdan graduated from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies, and a minor in Music Education and Electro-Acoustic Media. She earned a Master's of Music from USC and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of La Verne.

Gayle is a highly respected solo artist and educator. In addition to her own jazz trio, she has performed with Joanne Grauer, John B. Williams, Paul T. Smith, Stacy Rowles, Jack DeJohnette, the Les Brown Orchestra and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.

Her areas of interest are Jazz Piano, Jazz History, Jazz Pedagogy, the Art of Improvisation and Music Therapy. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society. Gayle currently teaches jazz history/music theory at Etiwanda HS.

Joaquin Hernandez (drums)

Joaquin Hernandez is a CSUSB alumnus. He received a B.A. in Music Education along with a B.A. in Music Performance & Composition in the spring of 2005 studying under Long Beach Symphony Orchestra timpanist and CSUSB faculty member Gary Long.

Joaquin is a member of the Inland Percussion Group and has freelanced throughout Southern California with San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, Capistrano Valley Symphony, Knott's Berry Farm Summer Carnival, Lyric Opera of Los Angeles, the Paris based group Las Ondas Marteles, and the Double G Ensemble (Premiering symphonic works at Walt Disney Concert Hall). He currently serves as principal for the Golden State Pops Orchestra in San Pedro and Corona Symphony Orchestra.

Eugene Baylon Jaceldo (bass)

Eugene Jaceldo received his degree in Music Education from CSUSB in 2008 where he pursued jazz studies and classical string bass.

Eugene freelances professionally in Southern California. Most recently East Babylon Symphony founded by Mr. Jaceldo in Eastside Austin, TX performed June 2008 in UCLA for a student/artist coalition MPVULA.

Robert Knop (tenor)

Associate Professor of Music

Director of Jazz Studies, CSUSB

Robert Knop earned a Doctor of Arts degree from The University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Prior to teaching at CSUSB he was active in the jazz, blues, and commercial music scene in Chicago and recalls sharing the stage with Clark Terry, Tito Puente, Louie Bellson, among others. Robert currently performs with various bands in the Inland Empire. His influences include Bunky Green, John Coltrane, Mike Brecker, as well as several current contemporary artists in the southern California music scene.