The University Jazz Ensemble (20 members) performs classic big band repertoire as well as works by contemporary composers and arrangers. Past concerts have featured the music of Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, Neal Hefti, Frank Foster, Oliver Nelson, Frank Zappa, Bob Brookmeyer, Chico O'Farrill, Maria Schneider, and many others. In addition, the ensemble frequently works with inspiring guest artists in master classes, workshops, and collaborative performances. The group often tours in the spring; a student quartet recently toured Colombia as part of a collegiate jazz festival. Enroll in MU 124; rehearses Tuesday & Thursday 4:25-5:40.
UVM's small jazz groups (6-9 members) provide a setting where students can improve their improvisational skills and learn jazz and Latin repertoire. Expert coaches teach the role of each instrument and encourage players to listen and interact. Groups meet once a week for 90 minutes.
The jazz combos consist of three or four rhythm section players (piano, bass, drums, and guitar) and three or four horns (sax, trumpet, trombone, flute, etc.). The groups typically play written arrangements, head charts, and lead sheets as well as original arrangements and compositions that the students may contribute. In performances, students count off and announce tunes, make cues, and, in general, lead their own groups. In the Afro-Latin group students become familiar with basic rhythm patterns, hand percussion, and may sing simple coros in addition to learning standard Latin jazz and other repertoire.
- Nonet - MU 117 - rehearses Tuesday 6:15-7:45
- Latin Jazz - MU 118 - rehearses Monday 6:00-8:00
- Chromaticats (formerly Tuesday Jazz Combo) - MU 131 A - rehearses Tuesday 4:25-6:00
- Guitar Ensemble - MU 131 B - rehearses Thursday 4:25-6:00
- Post-Bop - MU 132 - rehearses Wednesday 6:00-7:30
The Jazz Vocal Ensemble (15-20 members) performs both a cappella and with a rhythm section. Enroll in MU 119; rehearses Monday & Wednesday 5:00-6:00.