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.
2014-2015 Jazz Events
|Friday, September 12||Ellis and Jason Marsalis in concert, 8 pm, Aycock Auditorium. With Brandon Lee, trumpet; Chad Eby, saxophones; Steve Haines, bass|
|Friday, October 3||Jazz Ensemble I, 7:30 pm, Recital Hall. Featuring original music from current UNCG students and faculty|
|Wednesday, October 8||Jazz Ensemble II, 7:30 pm, Recital Hall. "The Kings of Swing", a concert in tribute to William F. Black|
|Friday, November 14||Jazz Ensembles II, 7:30 pm, Recital Hall. "The Great American Songbook"|
|Sunday, November 23||UNCG Honors High School Jazz Band, with the Jazz Ensemble I, pianist Aaron Diehl, 1:30 pm, Recital Hall. Featuring the music of Aaron Diehl|
|Friday, February 20||Jazz Ensembles I and II, 7:30 pm, Recital Hall. Featuring Duke Ellington's "Such Sweet Thunder" and "And His Mother Called Him Bill"|
|Monday, April 20||Small Jazz Groups concert, 7:30 pm, Organ Hall|
|Friday, April 24||
"An evening with Molly Ringwald"
Download the Jazz Handbook, revised Jan. 2015 (PDF format, 367 KB)
Honors Jazz 2014-2015
Application form coming soon!
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|