The Cornell University Jazz Ensembles provide those who are sincerely interested in the art of improvisation the opportunity to explore history, composition, arranging, and craft through performance and scholarship.
The Cornell University Jazz Ensembles are a collection of Cornell undergraduates, graduates, and community members that are united by their love and dedication to one of America's most important art forms. We provide an organized environment in which to perform and explore the rich cultural history of our jazz mentors while embracing current trends and performing the new "standards" of the future. Current students can find information about auditions, semester events, and current course listings. Prospective students can browse and review our admissions information section. Alumni, welcome back-- we kindly direct you to the contacts page in the navigation bar above.
Students in the Cornell Jazz Ensembles have ample opportunities to perform in accredited ensembles, study privately with jazz instructors, play casually with other musicians, gig, and attend master classes. Recent workshops have included guests like Maria Schneider, John Riley, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and recent performances have included artists such as Javon Jackson, Stefon Harris, Walace Roney, and Jim McNeely. For those who seek to enhance their jazz knowledge and skill, but not necessarily via ensemble performance, the music department offers a number of jazz-related courses and CU Jazz, a student organization, also hosts jam sessions, events, and clinics.