From Duke Ellington to Free Jazz
Directors: Fred Stride (Jazz Ensemble 1) Dennis Esson (Jazz Ensemble 2)
The aim of the jazz ensembles is to gain an appreciation and understanding of jazz in its many forms. The music studied and performed ranges from the early works of Duke Ellington to contemporary jazz rock fusion and even elements of free jazz. The ensembles perform up to six concerts per year and may include one or two guest artists each season. Membership is open by audition. Improvisational skills, while not required, are an asset.
Auditions for the jazz ensembles are held during the first week of classes in September. A sign up sheet is placed outside the school office towards the end of August. The audition consists of sight reading jazz music at varying levels of difficulty. Applicants are encouraged to perform something of their own choosing, ideally jazz-related material. Those students with soloing abilities with be asked to demonstrate these skills.
Bassists and guitarists must bring audio cables. Amplifiers will be supplied. For drummers/percussionists, a drum set will be provided, but make sure you bring along your sticks, brushes and mallets.
LISTEN: UBC Jazz Ensemble I performs "Fair Wind" by Norman Symonds
The UBC School of Music the school has been very fortunate to have master classes and performances given by a wide range of jazz artists — Bobby Shew, Phil Woods, Cam Ryga, PJ Perry, Brad Turner, George Robert, Pat Labarbara, Kevin Dean, Barry Elmes Quintet, Mike Murley Quintet, Time Warp, Phil Nimmons, Ian McDougall, Brian Dickinson, Kirk MacDonald, David Friesen, Alan Matheson, members of the Count Basie Orchestra: Mike Williams, Butch Miles, Clarence Banks, Brad Leali, composer Bill Holman, Marion McPartland, Tom Colclough, Talking Pictures, Chucho Valdes, Dennis Esson, Hugh Fraser Quintet, John Nugent, Chase Sanborn, Bill Watrous, Brad Turner Trio, DD Jackson, Andy Milne, Walt Weiskopf, Peter Zak, Al Kay, Jim Snidero, James Danderfer, Tom Keenlyside, Steve Kaldestad, Hal Galper and Jimmy Greene.
Banner image by Don Erhardt Photography