Music from the 30s comes swinging back

By Andrea Jimenez

The Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band performed music from the 1930’s on Thursday afternoon in the Library. The event was hosted by Music Professor David Kopplin.

“Swing is really about the feeling,” said Kopplin at the event.

The Jazz band consisted of roughly 30 students, half of which are not music majors. The event featured vocalists Laura Pluth, Simone Ledward, and Juno Wilson as well as other solo instrumental acts.

“They’re really talented,” said Lucio Venegas, fourth-year music major. “They put a lot of effort into this.”

Soloists included Kingsley Hickman on alto sax; Bradford Tidwell on guitar; Jonathan DeAlba on piano; Mark Endab on trumpet,; Robert Cartwright and Michael Alio on trombone; Andres Meza on tenor sax and clarinet; John Alser on tenor sax; Teresa Lem on baritone sax; Rudy Garcia on trombone and Joel Solis on drums.

Songs performed at the event included “Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing,”

“Caravan,” “In a Mellow Tone,” and “The Chicken.”

It was the world premiere of Bradford Isaaq Tidwell’s “I Will Protect You.” The fifth-year music student’s song highlighted the program.

“You’re really not supposed to ignore your intuition if you have an idea that’s coming about,” said Tidwell. “You need to hurry up and get it on paper or record it.”

The piece was inspired in a general education class Tidwell is enrolled in where he first thought of the title.

“We were going over some clauses in the Articles of Confederation and it was the Protection Clause,” said Tidwell. “We were going over that fact that certain clauses don’t really protect certain citizens in the amendments.”

Tidwell felt that he had to take the place of the hero and decided to write a piece in tribute of those who were not protected in the amendments.

“I love the combo piece,” said Michael Webb seventh-year year business law student and CPP Jazz Band pianist. “We literally just put it together a couple days ago.”

Many attendees listened intently to the music. Venegas points out the bands connection.

“They seem really together as a group,” said Venegas. “You notice [at] times they just fed off of each other.”

The music selection was chosen by Kopplin. The time period of music was also a tribute to CPP’s 75 year anniversary.

“I thought I’d try and pick tunes from [the 1930’s era] because jazz was the popular music of the day in 1938,” said Kopplin.

The Jazz Band tours every year in California and has performed in Mexico, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Colorado and Mammoth.

Mark Endab, a seventh-year computer information systems student and one of the trumpet players for the Jazz Band, said being a part of the band has offered many opportunities for touring.

“Just getting the experience and being able to go out and actually experience more or less what a normal band would experience [is beneficial],” said Endab.

Two years ago the band attended the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival and was one of six groups chosen to perform out of hundreds.

“Being able just to go in was an honor,” said Webb.

Kopplin explained why this particular genre of music is important.

“[Jazz] is really one of the few original American art forms we have,” said Kopplin. “It reflects our culture so it’s important to celebrate that.”

Many students felt the performance was valuable for other students and the CPP Jazz Band.

“It’s important because it brings knowledge to other majors around the campus and it showcases our talented students,” said Venegas.

The CPP Jazz Band will be performing again on Dec. 4 in the Recital Hall.

“It’s going to be some of the same material but we’re also going to have some new stuff too,” said Kopplin. “A little more modern stuff.”

Music from the 30s comes swinging back

Sam Stiles/The Poly Post

Music from the 30s comes swinging back

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