University Jazz Bands
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.
Friday, May 31, 2013
8 p.m. Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center
Mike Vax, considered to be one of the world's best jazz trumpeters, will be the guest soloist for Cal Poly’s Jazz Night!
Vax has been the featured trumpet soloist with many of the world's best big bands, including the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Navy Commodores, the Army Jazz Ambassadors, and the Clark Terry Big Band. He has appeared on more than 75 albums and has performed with such jazz luminaries as Freddie Hubbard, Don Ellis, Louie Bellson and Gene Krupa. He has recorded 20 albums and is the leader of several big bands and smaller jazz ensembles.
Vax will appear with two Cal Poly big bands, under the leadership of Paul Rinzler, the university’s director of jazz studies. The bands will perform arrangements by some of the best-known jazz composers, including Lennie Niehaus, Bob Secor and Victor Lopez. Two Cal Poly jazz combos will also perform.
Tickets ($14 and $12 general, $12 and $9 seniors, students and Jazz Federation members)