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Boilermaker Jazz Band

Portrait of the Boilermaker Jazz Band. With its unique brand of musical Americana and hot jazz revelry, the Boilermaker Jazz Band interprets the great American songbook and brings the swinging sounds of the Jazz Age back to life. The band’s superb instrumentalists and heartfelt vocalists performs familiar classics and rarities. From concert halls to dances, festival stages to elegant soirees, listeners and dancers agree — with their infectious beat and enthusiasm, this band can make any crowd move!

Leading the Boilermaker Jazz Band on clarinet and vocals is Paul Cosentino, a full time bandleader/performer who founded the band in 1988 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

He is constantly searching for new and original tunes to add to the band’s classic jazz repertoire, and he plays an antique Albert system clarinet, giving him a wonderfully distinctive sound. 

The band also features singer Jennifer McNulty, who thrills listeners with her smooth and sultry vocal stylings. From barroom ballads and not-so-standard standards to hot and bubblin’ swing, her performances add a touch of sophistication to the Boilermaker ensemble.

The Boilermaker Jazz Band has performed at major venues throughout the world- including Lincoln Center and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Summer Dance, The Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  

Paul Cosentino and the Boilermakers have recorded eight critically acclaimed CDs and have received rave reviews for their live performances. The Boilermakers have been featured on radio shows across the country and overseas, including a National Public Radio Jazz Series that was broadcast on more than 50 stations. The Boilermaker Jazz Band’s music recently was featured on the hit Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” for a fantastic Lindy Hop routine. 

The Boilermaker Jazz Band performs in a variety of formations, including solo piano, duo, trio, quartet, five-piece, six-piece, and full seven-piece bands.

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Tickets will be available at Cal U on the day of the festival; no advance ticket sales are planned. Members of the campus community will be admitted free with a valid CalCard.

Parking is included in the ticket price, and food can be purchased on campus.

Less than an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh, California University is easy to reach via major highways and Toll Route 43. 

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