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Jazz Ensembles

For more information about
jazz ensembles and our work,

Dean Sorenson
Director of Jazz Studies

Ensemble Library

Big Band Jazz

Director: Dean Sorenson
Audition required. The University jazz ensembles play a variety of big band repertoire and perform for many events both on and off campus. Entrance is limited to traditional big band instruments: trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion. Course Numbers: Jazz Ensemble I (MUS 3340/5340-001) / Jazz Ensemble II (MUS 3340/5340-002). (Registration takes place AFTER auditions).

  • Jazz I Meeting Times: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:305:00 p.m.
  • Jazz II Meeting Times: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11:15 a.m.12:05 p.m.
  • Anticipated Fall 2020 Format: In-person (fully-online option available)

Jazz Combos

Director: Phil Hey 
Audition required. Jazz combos—dedicated to playing small group jazz—consist of a rhythm section (bass, drums, piano, or guitar) and one to four other instruments, depending on balance and ability level. Combos are open to players of all instruments. Combos meet twice per week and perform several times throughout the semester. The experience level in combos varies widely, and every effort is made to match players of similar ability levels. Course Numbers: MUS 3350, section 001, 002, or 003 (Registration takes place AFTER auditions).

Jazz Combo Meeting Times:

  • Combo I: Monday and Wednesday, 10:1011:00 a.m.
  • Combo II: Monday and Wednesday, 11:1512:05 p.m.
  • Combo III: Monday and Wednesday, 12:201:10 p.m.
  • Anticipated Fall 2020 Format: In-person (fully-online option available)

Repertoire Highlights

  • The American Express by Bob Brookmeyer
  • Beautiful Beatrice by Adam Meckler*
  • For Maria by Bob Brookmeyer
  • Invitation by Bronislau Kaper (arr. Jason Fabus*)
  • It’s You Or No One by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn (arr. Nelson Devereaux*)
  • The Tao of Heavy D by Rex Richardson (arr. Adam Meckler*)
  • T Rex by Dean Sorenson

*Student composition

Learn more about jazz studies at the University of Minnesota.