JAZZ AFTER HOURS Big Band
Matthew White, Director
Jazz After Hours is the university ensemble dedicated to jazz and improvised music. The ensemble ranges in size from the traditional jazz big band to smaller combos comprised of a few horns and a rhythm section. Students are encouraged to explore the art of improvisation, while learning and performing songs from the standard jazz repertoire. Students are often motivated to create their own arrangements, develop good rehearsal skills, improve listening skills, and enhance musicianship. This ensemble performs several times each year and concerts include selections from the big band era on up through contemporary smooth jazz and funk styles.
Admission is open to all university students; by audition only