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Cal Poly Jazz Night Concert - Director Send Off

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Paul Rinzler will direct Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands for the last time at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 1, in Spanos Theatre. Rinzler has been the director of jazz studies at Cal Poly since 1997. Under his tutelage, the University Jazz Bands have won first place at collegiate jazz festivals and performed hundreds of gigs on- and off-campus. The concert will feature two big bands — with vocalists — and two combos. Among the pieces to be performed will be one of Rinzler’s compositions, “One More Time.” Other works include “Tank!” from the Japanese anime TV series “Cowboy Bebop;” “Fever,” which was made popular by the great jazz vocalist Peggy Lee; and “I’m Late,” as recorded by Maureen McGovern.

Concertgoers are invited to attend a reception honoring Rinzler on the theatre’s patio following the concert. Beginning this fall, Arthur White will be Cal Poly’s new director of jazz studies. White previously served as director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri and Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. 

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