JSU Jazz Ensembles provide students with the opportunity to develop skills associated with performance in the jazz idiom while performing a wide variety of contemporary and traditional jazz compositions. The Jazz Ensembles offer all JSU students, music and non-majors alike, the opportunity to perform in jazz ensembles of recognized excellence. Basic concepts that lead to creativity and self-expression in jazz are learned by participating from their experience in large and small jazz ensembles. Because of the improvisatory element basic to jazz, jazz ensembles offer an important and unique opportunity for all students to develop their creative process.
The Jazz Combos showcase the talents of outstanding students in a small ensemble format. The combos normally consist of a rhythm section and three to four horns. Combos provide an excellent vehicle for students to apply improvisational and arranging/compositional skills.