The art of improvisation will be showcased at Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands annual Just Jazz concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in Harold J. Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.
“The excitement and surprise inherent in the art of improvisation will be in the hands of a new generation of jazz musicians,” said Paul Rinzler, director of jazz studies. “It’s great to hear the emotion and the attitude that the students bring to the craft of jazz improvisation. Their personalities really shine through in a way that makes it easy for an audience to appreciate and to accompany the musician on the journey that is jazz improvisation.”
Two big bands — each with four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, rhythm section and a vocalist — and two smaller jazz combos will present jazz repertoire from several different eras and styles. Included will be “Rush!” from the anime TV series “Cowboy Bebop”; “Big Swing Face,” originally recorded by the big band of drummer Buddy Rich; an epic combination of jazz and hip-hop titled “Grass is Greener”; as well as traditional jazz, Latin jazz and more.
Tickets are $12 or $14 for the public and $9 or $12 for students and Jazz Federation members. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Buy tickets 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, the 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.