Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands to Play a Variety of Styles on June 9

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands will perform a mix of Latin jazz, jazz/rock and traditional jazz — and will throw in a few surprises — at the annual Jazz Night Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, in Spanos Theatre on the Cal Poly campus.

“About 40 students in our University Jazz Bands have been preparing all quarter for a memorable performance,” Cal Poly Director of Jazz Studies Paul Rinzler said. “The concert will be sure to thrill jazz aficionados as well as anyone experiencing the genre for the first time.”

Featured at the concert will be works by jazz composers Don Menza, Michael Brecker and Gordon Goodwin, plus a piece originally recorded by rock group Steely Dan, Rinzler said.
Those works include “Sambandrea Swing,” which was composed by tenor saxophonist Menza and originally recorded by the great Buddy Rich Big Band, Rinzler said, while Brecker’s piece, “Peep,” is a great example of contemporary jazz. 
“Composer Gordon Goodwin is known for his creative and sometimes humorous arrangements, like his ‘Hit the Ground Running,’ which will be performed,” Rinzler added. “Steely Dan’s ‘FM’ is arranged for big band by Fred Strum, who gained international praise as a composer.” 
The concert will feature the University Jazz Bands I and II, along with two jazz combos. The University Jazz Band I recently performed the closing concert for the Cal Poly Swing Club’s three-day SLOx Swing Dance Exchange, as well as a return engagement for the city of San Luis Obispo’s Mother’s Day Concert and Picnic at the historic Jack House and Gardens.
Tickets are $14 for the public and $9 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are sold 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 concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, 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 at
Members of University Jazz Band I pictured during a past performance.
Contact: Michele Abba

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