Cuesta College jazz performanceIn addition to the Cuesta Jazz Ensemble and the Evening Jazz Ensemble, the Cuesta Jazz Studies Department fields 7-10 small jazz groups each semester of varying instrumentation and ability levels. Focus is on group dynamic and creative improvisation, and many of these groups will often feature student originals and arrangements alongside well-known standards. Each week different combos perform in a cafe in downtown San Luis Obispo. Of special note is that each semester the best combos are chosen as the lab groups for the recording arts classes and given the opportunity to record high quality music in a professional environment.