University Jazz Band concerts feature everything from authentic performances of traditional jazz standards to cutting-edge repertoire of world music, hip-hop and more.
From the big band “wall of sound” to spontaneous interplay in jazz combos, the Cal Poly Jazz Bands respect the tradition while expanding its boundaries.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
8 p.m., Spanos Theatre
The challenge and excitement of improvisation will be on display by Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands at their annual Just Jazz concert.
“Expect the unexpected,” says Cal Poly Director of Jazz Studies Paul Rinzler. "Because jazz is improvised, even the musicians themselves can be surprised by what they come up with on the spur of the moment. Some of the best and most memorable moments from past University Jazz Band concerts have been things that no one could have imagined beforehand."
The concert will feature a wide range of jazz styles, from the traditional to the innovative. The program will include student compositions and pieces by great jazz masters. The blues, mainstream jazz, hip-hop, funk, and progressive styles will all be heard.
The bands will range in size from two big bands that have 18 musicians each to smaller, more intimate jazz combos.
Tickets ($12 general, $9 seniors, students and Jazz Federation members)
Saturday, May 31, 2014
8 p.m. Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center
One of the great musical iconoclasts of all time was Frank Zappa, leader of the seminal rock band The Mothers of Invention. In a tribute to Zappa's brilliant compositional skill, Ed Palermo will bring his big band arrangements of Zappa's music to Harman Hall in the PAC and will direct the University Jazz Bands.
Guide Disques (Montreal, Canada) says that "Ed Palermo is the only interpreter of Frank Zappa's music who does everything as he should." Reviewer David Greenberger says, "The 17-piece band is capable of the layered and undulating textures that were a hallmark of Zappa's jazz and orchestral writing. From the regal 'Regyptian Strut' to the sassy riffing of 'Echidna's Arf (Of You),' Frank would be pleased."
Tickets ($14 and $12 general, $12 and $9 seniors, students and Jazz Federation members)