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Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands to Present ‘Just Jazz’ March 2

The rhythmic complexity, harmonic adventurousness and surprises inherent in jazz will be apparent at the annual “Just Jazz” concert presented by Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands at 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

“Jazz is often noted for being complex and sophisticated music, but it also has a great groove and a rhythmic sensibility that makes it easy for the average listener to appreciate,” said Director of Jazz Studies Paul Rinzler. “Even a beginning listener can get hooked on the fascinating rhythms of jazz and then have their ears opened up to its harmonic sophistication. And because it’s improvised, you never know what might happen.”

The repertoire for the concert includes a slow, soulful blues number titled “I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City,” a rousing flag-waver featuring trumpet, “Bugle Call Rag,” and a Latin-jazz version of the jazz standard “Mack the Knife” called “Jack the Knife.” Two big bands — with four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, rhythm section and vocalist — and two jazz combos will be featured.

Tickets to the concert are $12 or $14 for the public, and $9 or $12 for students and Jazz Federation members. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). 

The Music Department offers a 10 percent discount to patrons who buy season tickets to four of its events through the Cal Poly Ticket Office; a 15 percent discount is given on tickets to five or more events.

The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website.