A Cuesta College jazz combo has been named the best in the nation by DownBeat magazine.
IATA received the award for best community college small jazz combo as part of the 2018 DownBeat Student Music Awards, according to a Cuesta College news release. The band is composed of trumpet player Ian Skinner, guitarist Adam Nash, bassist Tyler Dukes and drummer Alex Nash.
It's the second time in recent years that DownBeat, which covers "jazz, blues and beyond," has recognized a Cuesta College ensemble.
In 2015, the magazine named Sperdak as the best community college jazz combo in the nation.
IATA will perform at Combopalooza at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cuesta College's Cultural and Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. Tickets cost $15, or $10 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at tickets.cuesta.edu.
For more information, visit www.cuesta.edu.
Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that IATA is performing as part of Thursday's Cuesta Jazz Ensembles concert in San Luis Obispo.