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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The SSU Jazz Studies program gratefully acknowledges the support of Zildjian Cymbals and Markbass.
Friday, December 4, 2020
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
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.
Friday, May 14, 2021
Doug Leibinger, Director
Featuring Special Guests
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...View Event Details