Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

 

 

The Music Jazz Studies Major prepares students for a life in music. Graduates hold positions in all aspects of the music industry, including performing in the nation’s top professional military ensembles, composing and arranging for the industry’s leading artists, touring internationally, and serving as leading pedagogues in music education.

 

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Great American Jazz Series

A special component of the UNF Jazz Studies Program is the Great American Jazz Series, which regularly brings in stellar jazz artists as residents. This series, along with other opportunities, has enabled Jazz Ensemble 1 and 2 to perform in concert with more than 100 esteemed artists, such as Herbie Hancock, The Count Basie Orchestra, Joe Henderson, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Louie Bellson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Arturo Sandoval, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Doc Severinsen, among others. For a complete list from 1989 to 2012, please see below.

 

1989-1991
• Randy Brecker
• Herbie Mann
• Branford Marsalis
• Pat Metheny

• Marvin Stamm

 

1991-1992
• Eddie Daniels
• Eliane Elias
• Jimmy Heath Quartet
• Billy Taylor
• Clark Terry

 

1992-1993
• John Abercrombie
• Ramsey Lewis
• Jim Pryor
• Marcus Roberts
• Jiggs Whigham
• Joe Williams
• Cassandra Wilson

 

1993-1994
• Brecker Brothers
• Kenny Burrell
• Paquito D’ Rivera
• Arturo Sandoval
• Diane Schuur
• United States Air Force Airmen of Note 

 

1994-1995
• Louis and Dee Dee Bellson
• Dave Brubeck Quartet
• Bunky Green
• Joe Henderson
• James Moody
• Dianne Reeves 

 

1995-1996
• Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabakin
• Carmen Bradford and Mulgrew Miller
• Mercer Ellington
• Herbie Hancock
• Tommy Newsom 

 

1996-1997
• Buddy DeFranco and Terry Gibbs
• The Woody Herman Orchestra: Frank Tiber
• Joe Lovano
• Arturo Sandoval 

 

1997-1998
• Count Basie Orchestra
• Grover Mitchell
• Nicholas Payton and Ellis Marsalis
• Maria Schneider
• Diane Schuur 


1998-1999
• Nnenna Freelon
• Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Allstars
• Tito Puente, Johnny Rodriguez, and José Madera  

 

2001-2002
• Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band
• Joanne Brackeen
• The Heath Brothers

• Pat Martino


2002-2003
• Dave Brubeck Quartet
• Steve Coleman and Five Elements
• Eddie Palmieri Y La Perfecta
• Maria Schneider
• Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Allstars with Lee and Dennis Mackrel

 

2003-2004
• Terence Blanchard Sextet
• Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
• Bunky Green
• Modern Jazz Tuba Project
• Mulgrew Miller Trio 

 

2004-2005
• Dave Brubeck Quartet
• Terry Harrington
• Medesky, Martin, and Wood
• Rebecca Parris
• Kenny Garrett Quartet: Slide Hampton, Bill Watrous, and Claudio Roditi

 

2005-2006
• Ed Calle
• Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
• Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
• Benny Green and Russell Malone

 

2006-2007
• Diane Schuur
• Christian McBride Band
• Yellowjackets
• Doc Severinsen

 

2007-2008
• Bunky Green
• Kurt Elling
• Eddie Gomez Trio with Jimmy Cobb
• Mike Stern Trio with Dave Weckl
• Tim Hagans

 

2008-2009
• Dave Douglas
• Gary Burton
• Maria Schneider
• The Mingus Big Band 


2009-10
• Carl Allen/Rodney Whitaker Project
• Bob Bednar
• Terence Blanchard
• Joe Lovano
• Kim Richmond & Clay Jenkins

 

2010-11
• Scotty Barnhart
• John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, and Jeff Hamilton
• John Pizzarelli
• Richard Stoltzman

 

2011-12
• Michael Mossman & Antonio Hart

• Dizzy Gillespie Allstars with Heath Brothers and Cyrus Chestnut

• John Fedchock
• Mulgrew Miller & Carmon Bradford

2012-13
• Marcus Printup

• Danilo Perez

• Kevin Mahogany
• Maria Schneider and Donny McCaslin
 

 
 
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"To have that many great musicians come from one place is truly astounding . . . They are deeply soulful and committed to making the highest quality of music . . . It must be something in the water down there."

—Wynton Marsalis