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.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center
The annual Jazz Night concert presenting all of Cal Poly’s jazz bands, will feature repertoire that the University Jazz Band I will perform on their upcoming performance tour of London this June. The band will perform several concerts at some of London’s top jazz clubs, which is a great opportunity for the students to gain international experience performing jazz.
In addition to the University Jazz Band I, the Jazz Night concert on campus will feature the University Jazz Band II as well as two combos.
The University Jazz Band I Jazz Night concert and London tour will feature an arrangement of the great Duke Ellington composition, “Caravan," in a complex arrangement by the great jazz composer and arranger Michael Abene. The band will also perform the raucous and wild “Moanin," a piece recorded by the great Charles Mingus Big Band. Mingus, the late bassist and composer, was well known for creating raw, expressive works for jazz bands.
Tickets ($12 and $14 general, $9 and $12 students and Jazz Federation members)