Pianist Joey Calderazzo with UNCG student Melvin Holland, October 20th, 2014

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Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies

The UNCG Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program offers a personal and dynamic education for incoming students. Several small jazz groups, two large jazz ensembles, and many supportive courses in improvisation, arranging/composition, history, theory, ear training, pedagogy, and piano skills lead to the Bachelor of Music in Performance (Jazz Studies). While it is beneficially housed in one of the largest music schools in the Southeastern United States, the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program is small, committed, and specialized. World-class jazz faculty are available not only for leading classes but for mentorship and performance with our students. Our focus is certainly not the path of least resistance: we study by rote, with an emphasis on the blues, swing, improvisation, published composition and arranging, and recording experience. We offer many opportunities for students to perform with clinicians, who recently have included Peter Bernstein, Lee Konitz, John Ellis, Marcus Printup, Joel Frahm, Seamus Blake, and Ellis Marsalis.

Where Are They Now?

Jazz professor Steve Haines recently discovered a photo of his first jazz ensemble, from 1999 - click here to read about where they have gone post-UNCG.

2015 - 2016 Jazz Events

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Date Details
Friday, October 2 UNCG Jazz Ensembles I and II, 7:30 pm, Recital Hall
Sunday, November 22 UNCG Jazz Ensemble I and the UNCG Honors High School Jazz Band, 1:30 pm, Recital Hall. With special guest Erica Von Kleist
Monday, November 30 UNCG Jazz Ensemble II, 7:30 pm, Recital Hall
Saturday, February 20 UNCG Jazz Ensemble I and II, 7:30 pm, Recital Hall
Tuesday, April 5 UNCG Small Jazz Groups Concert, 7:30 pm, Organ Recital Hall. Directed by Steve Haines
Monday, April 11 UNCG Jazz Ensemble II, 7:30 pm, Recital Hall
Friday, April 22 Miles Davis Jazz Festival, 8:00 pm, Aycock Auditorium. With UNCG Jazz Ensemble I and Special Guest, JD Allen, saxophone

Jazz Handbook

Download the Jazz Handbook, revised Sep. 2015 (PDF format, 368 KB)

Honors Jazz 2015

Download the Honors Jazz Brochure (PDF format, 1.5 MB)

Download the MP3 of the F Blues changes (3.5 MB, MP3 format)

Saxophone Jazz Brass Double Bass
Chad Eby | Bio Brandon Lee | Bio Steve Haines | Bio
Guitar Piano / Keyboard Percussion
Greg Hyslop | Bio John Salmon | Bio Thomas Taylor | Bio