Recordings of some of my performances with the Cal Poly jazz bands. Listed in
reverse chronological order (well, by concert date.. I'm not reversing the
University Jazz Band 1
University Jazz Band 2
- The Heat's On
- No guitar solo, unless you count the fact that I start the song by myself
and play a three-note ending lick. But it's a fun song with nice chords
and saxaphone solos (first by Nathaniel Martin, then Kevin Wong).
- Tiananmen! (mvts. III & V)
- Pianist Jon Jang joins us for a performance of selected movements from
his composition, Tiananmen! A very interesting piece that was a
great deal of fun to play, and combines aspects of Chinese music with
diverse jazz influences. The score specifically called for a "Hendrixlike
guitar solo".... don't forget to listen to the sixth movement after this!
- Tiananmen! (mvt. VI)
- The final movement from our performance of Tiananmen! Jang finally
shows off with a piano solo!
- Nice to Meet You
- We now travel back from the May Jazz Night concert to February's
Just Jazz concert. By some extremely strange turn of events, I
wound up opening UJB1's set at both performances, even though I was new
to the group and undoubtedly the worst musician among them. In May we
opened with The Heat's On, and although I did not have a solo in
it, I was still the first musician you heard. In February we opened with
Nice to Meet You, which started right up with a short guitar solo.
There are some excellent solos later in this song.
- Blues #1
- Our guest for the February performance was saxaphonist Red Holloway, who
decided that he wanted to sing some blues jams at the concert. These
were not rehearsed... we even had to wait for him to tell us what key
they would be in! I played solos in both, but as with all the other solos
in these two jams, they came about when Red would suddenly point at one
of us and say "solo!" I was really nervous about this beforehand, but
it actually went quite well and was a lot of fun.
- Blues #2
- The second blues jam with Red Holloway.
- No Tears
- One of the rehearsed pieces we performed with Red Holloway. No guitar
solo, but it's a nice song with excellent solos from Red and others in the
- How Sweet It Is
- A jazz/blues progression with guitar solo and fills toward the end.
- Fly Me To The Moon
- A popular jazz standard, and one of my personal favorites. Fans of
Japanese anime might recognize this as the song played over the ending
credits of Evangelion. Anyway, I specifically requested my solo on this
song to challenge myself. Most of the solos I'd been given in the jazz
band were on blues/funk/latin charts where more rock-like guitar solos
were acceptable. So I wanted a solo on a swinging jazz standard
where I could try my hand at a real jazz solo. It didn't turn out as
one of my better solos, but I'm very glad that I did it. It's certainly
a different style of playing than you'll hear from me in most of these
- This is kind of a cheesy chart, but I think this and Tiger of San
Pedro have my two best solos that were performed at Cal Poly with
the jazz bands (there were others, such as my solos to Oye Como Va
in China, that might have been better). This song originally just had a
tenor saxaphone solo from Craig Jacobson, but I thought it would be
really fun to solo to (I like this sort of chord progression). So I
finally worked up the courage to suggest a trading solo between me and
Craig.... and much to my surprise, both he and the director thought it was
a great idea! And I was certainly right, playing off Craig was
tremendous fun (he's better than me, but not to an intimidating
degree). We actually played our best during the sound check before the
concert, but this is still decent.
- Tiger of San Pedro
- My other favorite solo. Craig also has another solo on this, and
personally I think it's one of my favorite solos that I've heard from
him... which is interesting because during rehearsal he would complain
about how much he hated soloing on this song. This was also the first
time that I got to play a significant written melody line that wasn't
drowned out by the winds. The original recording of this song won
- Another very popular jazz standard. We played this same arrangment my
freshman year, but the director kept things interesting for me by giving
me a guitar solo this time around. This was my first big solo with
the jazz bands.
There were some others before this, but this was the song that got me
some attention, and this is the earliest song that I feel is worth
putting up on this site. My later solos were better, of course...