Cal Poly Winter Jazz Concert to Include Cuesta College Jazz Ensemble on Feb. 29

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Jazz Ensembles will be joined by the Cuesta College Jazz Ensemble for the Winter Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The concert, which falls on leap day this year, will feature the Cal Poly Jazz Ensemble, Cal Poly Jazz Band and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Arthur White. 

The big bands are comprised of 20 members each, and the vocal jazz group has 14 singers. The bands will play a mix of classic and contemporary jazz by a variety of composers including Duke Ellington, Thad Jones and Bob Mintzer. The vocal jazz set will include an arrangement of Radiohead’s “Reckoner,” and Robert Watson’s “Another Time, Another Place,” arranged by White.

White, who began serving as Cal Poly’s new director of jazz studies in September, directs the university ensembles. Information on White is available on the Music Department faculty website.

The Cuesta College Jazz Ensemble, led by Ron McCarley, will perform a guest set. The will be the first time the Cal Poly and Cuesta College jazz bands have appeared in concert together in the Performing Arts Center.

McCarley is the longtime director of jazz studies at Cuesta College, and his bio is available on the Cuesta College faculty website.

Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public, and $9 and $12 for students and Jazz Federation members. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are available 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 Music Department offers a 10 percent discount to patrons who buy season tickets to four of its events through the Cal Poly Ticket Office; a 15 percent discount is given on tickets to five or more events.

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.

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— Cal Poly Ticket Office:
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Contact: Michele Abba

January 31, 2020

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