Paul Rinzler

Paul Rinzler

Professor, Director of Jazz Studies

Paul Rinzler joined the Cal Poly faculty in 1997 as director of jazz studies. He earned his doctorate in theory/composition with a secondary emphasis in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.

On his jazz piano trio CD, “Active Listening,” Cadence magazine noted “impressive trio interplay,” and “rich dialogues.” He appears as a special guest artist on the collective improvisation CD “Short to the House.” Scarecrow Press re-released Rinzler’s “Jazz Arranging and Performance Practice” in paperback. Scarecrow Press published Rinzler’s latest book, “The Contradictions of Jazz.” He recently gave the keynote address at the first conference on jazz and philosophy. His talk outlined a humanistic philosophy of jazz.

Rinzler will be retiring at the end of summer 2019. More information is posted in the latest newsletter.