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 2017-2018 season was a great success with memorable performances by Wynton Marsalis and Chad Leftkowitz-Brown with the Jazz Band and guest performances and masterclasses by the Nate Smith and Adam Benjamin trios. The Original Cornell Syncopators made their national debut at the San Diego Jazz festival and another solid class of jazz musicians from all majors graduated in May.
Next year's events include guests like alto saxophonist Vincent Herring and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen but also a provocative performance project on jazz and John F. Kennedy. Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette John Scofield, and Vijay Iyer all perform on the Bailey stage in various configurations in an incredible jazz line-up by the Cornell Concert Series.
Audition information will be posted on or by August 1, 2018.
Paul R. Merrill,
Gussman Director of Jazz Ensembles