Cal Poly Jazz Ensembles to Present Virtual CD Release Concert on Feb. 19

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Jazz Ensembles will present a virtual CD release concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, to celebrate their recently released double-album titled “another time, another place.” 

The album is the result of at-home rehearsals by members of the Cal Poly Jazz Ensemble and Cal Poly Vocal Jazz Ensemble that began in March due to the pandemic. 

Arthur White, director of jazz studies, wrote new compositions for the groups and set arrangements to some works originally performed by jazz and pop stalwarts Pat Metheny, Meshell Ndegeocello, Nancy Wilson and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley. 

The album also features a student composition by Davis Zamboanga, who graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in music in spring 2020.

As the album project began to take shape, and it became clear that the students were adapting to their new environments, White called on the support of some renowned musician friends: jazz trumpeter and Grammy Award-winner Randy Brecker and three Grammy-Award nominees: saxophonist Ada Rovatti, trombonist Robin Eubanks, and vibraphonist Joe Locke, to contribute solos from their East Coast home studios.

Cal Poly’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Contemporary Jazz Group, Hard Bop Group and other student ensembles will perform for the virtual event, which will also include interviews with students who participated in the album-making process. 

Works from the album that they will perform include White’s “The Way Home” and “Bishop Peak.” Works the groups have worked on during fall and winter quarters will also be performed, including: “Shiny Stockings” by Frank Foster, “Follow Me” by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, “Back at the Chicken Shack” by Jimmy Smith and “Dolphin Dance” by Herbie Hancock. 

The album can be purchased from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby and other digital outlets. A limited number of hard copies are available through White. Requests can be sent to All proceeds will benefit Cal Poly Jazz Studies program. 

Tickets to the virtual event are $5 and can be purchased online from the Performing Arts Center. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The event is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program.

For more information, visit the Music Department’s calendar website, email or call 805-756-2406.

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Contact: Michele Abba

January 20, 2021

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