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Cal Poly Fall Jazz Concert

November 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

A new era for jazz at Cal Poly begins with the first student concert of the 2019-20 academic year as the new director of jazz studies leads three ensembles in concert. The Cal Poly Jazz Ensembles will present the annual Fall Jazz Concert with new director Arthur White at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in Spanos Theatre on campus.

The Cal Poly Jazz Ensemble, formerly University Jazz Band I; and the Cal Poly Jazz Band, formerly University Jazz Band II; will perform, as will the newly re-formed Cal Poly Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

The jazz program has expanded to include six chamber jazz groups — combos of five-to six members each — with styles including hard bop, fusion, Latin jazz and contemporary jazz. These new groups are slated to perform at upcoming concerts.

Through the years Cal Poly jazz groups have performed with jazz luminaries James Carter, Kevin Mahogany, Louie Bellson, T.S. Monk, Arturo Sandoval and Joshua Redman, among others. The bands have gone on numerous performance tours and perform at a variety of festivals, including the annual Pismo Beach Jubilee by the Sea in October.

Prior to his appointment at Cal Poly, White was the director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri (MU) and Northeastern State University. He produced six critically acclaimed recordings by the MU Concert Jazz Band, and ensembles under his direction were selected to perform at conferences for the International Society for Music Education, Missouri Music Educators Association, Jazz Education Network and International Society for Improvised Music.

White, a saxophonist, gave his Cal Poly debut recital Oct. 18, premiering his new work, “Pictures of the Heartland,” with vibraphonist Joe Locke and drummer Peter Erskine.

Tickets are $14 for the public, and $9 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,