Paul Rinzler

Paul Rinzler

Professor, Director of Jazz Studies

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 12 years. He earned his doctorate in theory/composition with a secondary emphasis in jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.

On his jazz piano trio CD, “Active Listening,” Cadence magazine noted “impressive trio interplay,” and “rich dialogues.” He appears as a special guest artist on the recent collective improvisation CD “Short to the House.” Scarecrow Press recently re-released Rinzler’s “Jazz Arranging and Performance Practice” in paperback. Scarecrow Press published Rinzler’s latest book, “The Contradictions of Jazz.”