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Press Release

Fall Jazz Concert to Include the Release of Two Singles

Contact: Michele Abba


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Jazz program will present its Fall Jazz Concert season opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Spanos Theatre.

The ensemble performing
Members of the Cal Poly Vocal Jazz Ensemble Perform in 2022

Cal Poly’s Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform music by jazz legends including Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Pat Metheny and Wayne Shorter.

The concert will also celebrate the release of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble’s two new singles: “Sunlight,” by Esperanza Spalding, which was arranged by Director of Jazz Studies Arthur White; and “Let the Good Times Roll” by Fleecie Moore and Sam Theard, arranged by Jeremy Fox. For the recordings, “Sunlight” features music major Danna Dumandan on lead vocals and Grammy Award-winning Gregg Bissonette on drums. “Let the Good Times Roll” features Bissonette, plus Kim Nazarian and Darmon Meader of the New York Voices. White plays multiple instruments on both tracks.

Both singles will be available for free download the day of the concert. The full-length album, “if you look in,” will be released later in the quarter. DownBeat magazine recently gave the Vocal Jazz Ensemble its “Undergraduate College Outstanding Performance” award in the Asynchronous Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble category.

Tickets to the recital are $20 general and $10 students. Tickets can be purchased from 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). Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. The Music Department offers a 20% discount to patrons who buy season tickets to four of its events through the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

The concert 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.