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University Jazz Bands

Cal Poly's University Jazz Bands program combines the professionalism of a working big band with the academic rigor of cutting-edge big band repertoire, showcased at concerts in the Performing Arts Center's Spanos Theatre and Harman Hall.

 

 

Cal Poly Just Jazz Concert

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

A vast range of today's jazz music — parody, intimate combos and epic compositions — will be on display at the annual Just Jazz concert.

The concert will feature Cal Poly's best student jazz musicians in two big bands and two jazz combos. Pieces to be performed include "Grass is Greener," a wide-ranging, epic composition by Adam Bartzack that moves seamlessly from hip-hop to psychedelia; "No More Mr. Nice Guy," a big band parody version of the original by rocker Alice Cooper; and "Rush," from the Japanese anime cartoon "Cowboy Bebop."

"Jazz has always pushed the boundaries while also being firmly planted within them," said Paul Rinzler, director of jazz studies at Cal Poly. "There is barely any musical style or any artistic goal that is beyond the reach of jazz today. And it is improvised, so there will be those moments when even the musicians do not know what is going to happen next. This creates some amazing music, made in the heat of the moment."

Tickets ($12 and $14 general, $9 and $12 students and Jazz Federation members)

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Cal Poly Jazz Night Concert

Saturday, May 14, 2016
8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Centr

Tickets ($12 and $14 general, $9 and $12 students and Jazz Federation members)

 

 

 

 

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