$14 general, $9 students and Jazz Federation members
The art of improvisation will be showcased at Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands annual Just Jazz concert in the Performing Arts Center. “The excitement and surprise inherent in the art of improvisation will be in the hands of a new generation of jazz musicians,” said Paul Rinzler, director of jazz studies. “Their personalities really shine through in a way that makes it easy for an audience to appreciate and to accompany the musician on the journey that is jazz improvisation.” Two big bands — each with four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, rhythm section and a vocalist — as well as two smaller jazz combos, will present jazz repertoire from several different eras and styles. Included will be “Rush!” from the anime TV series “Cowboy Bebop”; “Big Swing Face,” originally recorded by the big band of drummer Buddy Rich; an epic combination of jazz and hip-hop titled “Grass is Greener”; as well as traditional jazz, Latin jazz and more. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, 805-756-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call 805-756-2406.