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Jazz Ensembles

The jazz program at Jefferson College encompasses the stylistic history of the music and offers performance opportunities in both big band and small combo formats.  Emphasis is placed on the music of great jazz composers and bandleaders, including Ellington, Basie, Kenton, Thad Jones, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Monk, Bird, Coltrane, Miles, and others.  Contemporary jazz music and original compositions by students and community members are also explored and encouraged.  Guest artists and clinicians collaborate with the ensembles on a regular basis, offering unique learning opportunities and memorable musical interaction.  The ensembles are open to students and community members.

For more information regarding the Jazz Ensembles, please contact Dr. Joel Vanderheyden at

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