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Cal Poly Fall Jazz Concert

Friday, Nov. 12, 2021
7:30 p.m., Pavilion, Performing Arts Center

After more than a year of virtual music making, Cal Poly’s jazz groups will return to in-person concertizing at 7:30 Friday, Nov. 12, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center.

The Cal Poly Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble will be joined by the new Commercial Music Ensemble, which performs rock, Motown, funk, modern pop, video game music, and other styles of popular music from a jazz perspective. Arthur White, director of jazz studies, directs the groups.

The concert will celebrate both the return of live concerts and the release of the double album “another time, another place,” which was recorded during the pandemic from students’ homes. The CD features the Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble performing original compositions and new arrangements by White and Davis Zamboanga (Music, ’20).

The CD also features musicians considered among the top performers in jazz today: trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibraphonist Joe Locke, saxophonist Ada Rovatti, and Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker. More about the album-making process can be found in this recent Cal Poly News story.

The program will also include compositions that have been performed by the Count Basie Orchestra, Yellowjackets, Tower of Power, Aretha Franklin, New York Voices, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and others.

The “another time, another place” CD will be available for purchase at the concert, as well as “Unify,” White’s latest CD with members of the San Luis Obispo jazz community. Sales of both albums will directly benefit the Cal Poly jazz studies program.

Tickets ($20 general, $10 students)


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Cal Poly Winter Jazz Concert with the Cuesta College Jazz Ensemble

Friday, Feb. 18, 2022
7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center

Cal Poly’s Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will share this concert with a special guest ensemble from the Cuesta College Jazz Program, directed by Ron McCarley. This will be the second time the programs have collaborated since Arthur White became Cal Poly's director of jazz studies in 2019.

Tickets ($15 and $20 general, $10 students)


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Cal Poly Jazz CD Release Concert

Saturday, May 28, 2022
7:30 p.m., Spanos Theatre

The season finale will feature Cal Poly’s Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The concert will celebrate the release of a new CD by the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, which featured recordings with special guests Kim Nazarian and Darmon Meador of the acclaimed New York Voices. Director of Jazz Studies Arthur White plays all instruments on the recordings.

Tickets ($20 general, $10 students)


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