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Jazz at JSU: bigger, better and bolder


Smooth sounds are bouncing around Jacksonville State. The jazz program at JSU has doubled in size since this time last year. Thanks to increased support and great leadership, their sound and repertoire have grown, too!

The jazz program offers all JSU students, music majors, non-music majors and students enrolled through the office of Continuing Education the opportunity to perform in jazz ensembles of recognized talent, excellence and prestige.

All students seriously interested in challenging themselves musically are encouraged to inquire. Jazz ensembles are a unique yet classic approach to performance and composition.

Because of the improvisatory element basic to jazz, participation in JSU jazz ensembles offer an important and unique opportunity for all students to develop their creative process, expand their musical horizons and experience the joy of collaborating and composing in a way that few musicians have the boldness to try.

The Jazz Ensembles at Jacksonville State University are active in performing a wide variety of styles, and combo students are encouraged to perform their own compositions, improvisations and arrangements.

Both large and small group ensembles perform regular concerts on campus and at top local, regional and international jazz festivals, including the Mobile Jazz Festival, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Festival, and the brand new JSU Jazz Festival.

Ensembles also frequently perform with guest artists from around the country in both concerts and masterclasses.

The current Jazz Ensemble lineup will be performing a showcase this Friday in Mason Hall. All students, faculty and music fans are invited to attend. Entrance is free.

The Fall Jazz Showcase will feature all 10 Jazz Groups, made up of 3 Big Bands, 6 Combos, and the Latin Ensemble. The groups will be performing everything from classics such as Count Basie to much more recent and modern compositions.

JSU Jazz Program Fall Showcase, Friday, Oct. 19th, 7:30 p.m., Mason Hall

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