Jazz Season

Welcome to the Jazz Season page.

Our four jazz ensembles perform twice each semester. SSU Jazz ensembles include:

  • SSU Jazz Orchestra – the flagship 18-piece ensemble performing Big Band standards and modern jazz ensemble repertoire
  • Concert Jazz Combos – two ensembles each semester rotating on a particular jazz sub-genre or era
  • Latin Band – devoted to the styles, rhythms, and concepts found in music from the Caribbean, Brazil, and Haiti 


Jazz Forums are now on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

The Elements of Music

Feb 10 - George Marsh - "Rhythm"

Feb 17 - Randy Vincent - "Harmony"

Feb 24 - Kasey Knudsen - "Melody"

March 3 - John Stowell

March 10 - Andrew Stephens "Tone/Timbre"

Wednesday, April 7 - 1:00-2:45 PM - SSU Latin Band - Guest Clinician: Mara Fox, trombone

Wednesday, April 21 - 1:00-2:45 PM  -  SSU 50's Jazz Ensemble - Guest Clinician: Andrew Speight, saxophone

Wednesday, April 28 - 1:00-2:45 - Phillip Strange, piano

Topic: Jazz Forum

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    Friday, December 4, 2020

    SSU Jazz Orchestra performing on Weill Hall Stage

    SSU Jazz Ensembles Concert


    The students in our four SSU Jazz Ensembles have been working hard to record themselves in a virtual environment all semester, and they would love to share their work with you. Please join us for a listening session and discussion of the recordings that they have made.

    SSU Early Jazz Ensemble - Andrew Stephens, Director

    SSU Latin Band - Kendrick Freeman, Director

    SSU Jazz Composers Ensemble - Kasey Knudsan, Director

    SSU Jazz Orchestra - Doug Leibinger, DirectorView Event Details

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

    jazz band playing on Schroeder stage

    SSU 50's Jazz Ensemble

    Join us for an end-of-the-year virtual jazz concert featuring bebop, cool jazz, and hard bop from the SSU 50’s Jazz Ensemble directed by Andrew Stephens; and sounds from the Caribbean and Latin America from the SSU Latin Band directed by Kendrick Freeman.View Event Details

    Friday, May 14, 2021

    Nadje Noordhuis headshot with trumpet

    Virtual Jazz Concert: SSU Jazz Orchestra & SSU Women's Jazz Ensemble

    Doug Leibinger, Director

    Featuring Special Guests

    Nadje Noordhuis

    Jeanne Geiger

    Kasey Knudsen

    We want to lift up those talented women in music who are bringing excellence to the stage (in person and virtual) and who continue to help shape music across the world and across genres.

    For women in jazz, our Jazz Program will be honoring them by performing a Virtual Jazz Concert featuring (along with our SSU Jazz Orchestra) our very own SSU Women’s Jazz Ensemble, with special...View Event Details