Cuesta College will host the 30th Central Coast Jazz Festival at the San Luis Obispo campus. A competitive jazz festival for middle school, high school and college/university big bands and combos will take place during the day March 9 and two concerts will be presented the evenings of March 8 and 9.

Cuesta College Jazz Ensembles with guest artist Adam Benjamin of Kneebody will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 8 in the Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center.

The Cuesta Jazz Ensemble, a student group that showcases the best of classic and contemporary big band music, will perform styles ranging from Dave Brubeck to Radiohead.

The Night Band, made up of local professional musicians, will feature Benjamin playing the Duke Ellington classic, “Caravan.” Mano Fuerte, a student jazz combo, will perform original compositions with the guest artist. A small group of jazz faculty will finish out the evening.

Kneebody will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 9 in the Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center. According to the New York Times, “Cohesion is the truest constant in the music of Kneebody, a band that inhabits the borderland abutted by post-bop, indie-rock and hip-hop, without seeming to give much thought to the borders.”

More than 20 big bands and combos from schools all over California will play and compete with each other in five categories from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9 in Cuesta’s CPAC. The audience is invited to observe world-class jazz instructors give feedback and instruction to each band on stage. Kneebody will perform a few pieces and talk about their music during a free clinic at noon.

Tickets for each evening concert are $12 general admission and $7 student, seniors, and Jazz Fed members. Buy tickets online at: Parking is sponsored by Cuesta College in Lot 2 for this event only.

Jay Thompson | (805) 546-3100, ext. 2636 | Email: | Posted March 1, 2013