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Meng Concert Hall - Cal State Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, California 92831
Fullerton Jazz Orchestra and Chamber Jazz Ensemble
«Jazz: East meets West»
Fullerton Jazz Orchestra:
Thad Jones: To You
Bill Holman: Plain Brown Wrapper
Cedar Walton, arr. Dave Eshelman: Firm Roots
Pat Metheny arr Bob Curnow: Minuano 6/8
Coots and Lewis, arr. John Clayton: For All We Know
Chamber Jazz Ensemble:
Gerry Mulligan: Jeru
Chick Corea: Spain
Duke Ellington: In A Mellotone
Gerry Mulligan: Bernie's Tune
Dizzy Gillespie: Bebop
Fullerton Jazz Orchestra, directed by Bill Cunliffe, consistently receives high scores and acclaim at major west coast jazz festivals. They have been featured on a live radio broadcast across North America as part of the Playboy Jazz Festival, and in 1991 and 1992 won the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival competing against groups from 50 colleges and universities in seven western states. Jazz combos receive high marks as well, with CSUF's top combo winning the 2004 and 2006 Reno College Jazz Festival. Fullerton Jazz Orchestra has performed, by invitation, at many leading Southern California festivals and events. They have produced five recordings including their latest, «Sabor!» which features vocalist Freda Payne.
Fullerton Jazz Big Band and Latin Ensemble focuse on learning different styles within the Jazz genre including swing, bebop, Latin, bossa nova, and funk. Past performances have featured classic compositions from the big bands of Count Basie, Woody Herman, Thad Jones, and Tommy Dorsey. Contemporary arrangements of famous jazz tunes from composers like Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, and Antonio Carlos Jobim are also included.
Each concert features a standard jazz composition that has been collaboratively arranged by the director and the students in the program. This tradition goes back to the early days of the big band era and is an important aspect of the Fullerton Jazz Big Band and Latin Ensemble curriculum.