The jazz program at the University of Evansville offers students of any major a wide variety of experiences in performance and opportunities to hear and work with well-known guest jazz artists. The program features two big bands (Jazz Ensemble I and II) and the option of a Jazz Studies Certificate. Join us to learn more about this truly American music.
Jazz Band I and Jazz Band II
The University of Evansville jazz performance experience features two big bands, Jazz Ensemble I and II. Their ever-popular concerts for audiences both on and off campus include jazz, swing, be-bop, fusion and neoclassical jazz.
Highlights of the Jazz Band I season last year included a return invitation to compete at the 45th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, a Swing Dance Fundraiser, a spotlight performance at the Kenny Kent Lexus Jazz, Wine & Arts Festival in downtown Evansville, and two on-campus concerts. UE Jazz has performed with numerous guest artists over the years, most recently with jazz legend Max Weinberg in Spring 2011.
Jazz Studies Certificate
Another option open to all students is the opportunity to complete a Jazz Studies Certificate with courses in jazz arranging, improvisation, history and theory.
Evansville Jazz Society
The Evansville Jazz Society brings numerous well-known jazz artists to the Evansville community through its annual Jazz Concert Series. Recent appearances include Pat Harbison, Jamey Aebersold, Dick Sisto Quintet, and the Houston Person Quartet. Additionally, the Society offers scholarships to University of Evansville students to continue their studies at intensive jazz programs during the summer months.