Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies

Jazz Ensemble

The UNCG Jazz Ensemble is regarded as one of the premier jazz ensembles in the nation. It has been featured in concerts throughout the United States, on radio and television. The ensemble is comprised of jazz studies majors and undergraduate and graduate students whom are making jazz a part of their musical training. Musicians who have performed with the UNCG Jazz Ensemble include Clark Terry, Ellis Marsalis, Dick Oatts, Robin Eubanks, Peter Bernstein, Joel Frahm, Seamus Blake, Marcus Printup, Ryan Kisor, Joey Caldarazzo, and Lee Konitz. The UNCG Jazz Ensemble has toured extensively and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and at Lincoln Center in New York City. Every year, the UNCG Jazz Ensemble produces a compact disc recording, which consist of compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations written by current UNCG students. During the undergraduates' tenure, they will be exposed to the great music of large jazz ensembles, such as Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad Jones, as well as contemporary artists.

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UNCG Jazz recordings have received five-star reviews and are commonly heard on NPR radio. Our most recent releases are Live with Lee Konitz (2009-2010) and The Music of Joel Frahm and Seamus Blake (2008-2009). The Herb Wong Blue Chip Award in Jazz Education Journal honored the UNCG Jazz Ensemble, which earned the "Top 10 Best Jazz College Recordings" three years in a row. For a complete discography, visit the link above.

Our YouTube page features many student arrangements performed with saxophonist John Ellis, among others. We rehearse four days per week, from noon to 12:50 pm in the large rehearsal hall, room 111. The course number is 395-01, or 695-01 for graduate students. Feel free to come and observe us rehearse anytime! We also perform often during the school year. Information about our concerts can be found on the School of Music, Theatre and Dance calendar.

Reviews of UNCG's Jazz Ensemble:

  • All About Jazz (2005)