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University Jazz Bands

The University Jazz Bands present concerts in Spanos Theatre and Harman Hall at the Performing Arts Center that showcase traditional, contemporary, and cutting-edge jazz as performed by the best jazz musicians at Cal Poly.


jazz soloistUniversity Jazz Bands' Just Jazz Concert

Friday, March 13, 2015
8 p.m. Spanos Theatre

Cal Poly’s jazz bands will display the innovation of jazz and its tradition during the annual Just Jazz concert.

“An important part of jazz for any musician is staying true to its tradition and expanding its boundaries,” said Paul Rinzler, director of jazz studies at Cal Poly. “The element of surprise is always present, because jazz is improvised,” said Rinzler.

The concert will feature the best student jazz musicians at Cal Poly in two big bands and two jazz combos. The big bands’ “wall of sound” comes from four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, a rhythm section and vocalist.

Selections will include traditional swing dance music, blues, Latin jazz and funk. Student compositions will also be highlighted. Among the songs to be performed are “Some Skunk Funk” by the Brecker Brothers, “Smack Dab in the Middle” by John Clayton, “Let the Good Times Roll” by Louis Jordan, and “Five Hundred Miles High” by Chick Corea.

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




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Wayne WallaceUniversity Jazz Bands' Jazz Night Concert

Saturday, May 30, 2015
8 p.m. Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

Trombonist Wayne Wallace will be the guest artist for this year's Jazz Night!

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




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