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Paul Rinzler

Professor, Director of Jazz Studies

Paul Rinzler

Davidson Music Center Room 122 | 805-756-5792 | | University Jazz Bands Web page

Paul Rinzler joined the Cal Poly faculty in 1997 as Director of Jazz Studies after having taught jazz classes at U.C. Santa Cruz for twelve years. He received his doctorate in Theory/Composition with a secondary emphasis in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.

In October of 2008 Scarecrow Press published Rinzler's latest book, "The Contradictions of Jazz," a book about the opposites that jazz musicians embrace, opposites such as individualism and interconnectedness, tradition and creativity, and others.

He was the accompanist for a jazz choir recording ("Hot IV") that was nominated for a Grammy award. On his jazz piano trio CD, "Active Listening" (Sea Breeze Jazz 3039), "Cadence" magazine noted "impressive trio interplay," and "rich dialogues." Rinzler has been awarded several National Endowment of the Arts grants, including a Jazz Performance Grant. His compositions have been performed in New England, California, and the Midwest. Walrus Music publishes his big band compositions.

Scarecrow Press re-released Rinzler's "Jazz Arranging and Performance Practice" in paperback, and Hal Leonard Corporation recently published his most recent book, "Quartal Jazz Piano Voicings." His articles on jazz have appeared in journals such as the "Annual Review of Jazz Studies and Jazz Research," as well as the "New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Wadsworth Publishing recently published his listening guide software that accompanies the jazz history text "Essential Jazz: The First 10 Years."


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