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Get a 20% discount when purchasing to four or more Music Department events sold through the Cal Poly Ticket Office. New! Cal Poly faculty and staff receive 20% discount for any Music Department event sold through the ticket office.

COVID-19 guest requirements for attending events. A green campus pass is acceptable for students.

Cal Poly Fall Jazz Combos Hang

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022
7:30 p.m.
University Union Plaza

More information is on the free events page.

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Cal Poly Vocal JazzCal Poly Fall Jazz Concert

Friday, Nov. 18, 2022
7:30 p.m., Spanos Theatre

The Cal Poly Jazz program will present its Fall Jazz Concert season opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Spanos Theatre!

Cal Poly’s Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform music by jazz legends including Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Pat Metheny and Wayne Shorter.

The concert will also celebrate the release of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble’s two new singles: “Sunlight,” by Esperanza Spalding, which was arranged by Director of Jazz Studies Arthur White; and “Let the Good Times Roll” by Fleecie Moore and Sam Theard, arranged by Jeremy Fox. For the recordings, “Sunlight” features music major Danna Dumandan on lead vocals and Grammy Award-winning Gregg Bissonette on drums. “Let the Good Times Roll” features Bissonette, plus Kim Nazarian and Darmon Meader of the New York Voices. White plays multiple instruments on both tracks.

Both singles will be available for free download the day of the concert. The full-length album, “if you look in,” will be released later in the quarter.

DownBeat magazine recently gave the Vocal Jazz Ensemble its “Undergraduate College Outstanding Performance” award in the Asynchronous Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble category. 

Tickets ($20 general, $10 students and Jazz Federation members)

 

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Cuesta VocéCal Poly Winter Jazz Concert

Friday, Feb. 24, 2023
7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center

Cal Poly’s Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble continue sharing the stage with Cuesta College ensembles at the Winter Jazz Concert. This year, Cuesta Vocé, led by John Knutson, will be featured. Since its inception in 1981, the vocal jazz ensemble has toured the West Coast extensively and has gone on eight European tours. Voce has received numerous awards including an Outstanding Performance Award from DownBeat Magazine, first and second place awards at the Reno Jazz Festival, and invitations to perform at Annual Conferences of the International Association of Jazz Educators.

Tickets ($15 and $20 general, $10 students and Jazz Federation members)

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Cal Poly Winter Jazz Combos Hang

Friday, March 3, 2023
7:30 p.m.
University Union Plaza

More information is on the free events page.

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Cal Poly Spring Jazz Combos Hang

Friday, May 19, 2023
7:30 p.m.
University Union Plaza

More information is on the free events page.

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Cal Poly Jazz EnsembleCal Poly Spring Jazz Concert

Friday, May 26, 2023
7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center

The final Cal Poly jazz concert will feature Cal Poly’s Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble with a visiting resident guest artist.

Tickets ($15 and $20 general, $10 students and Jazz Federation members)

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