Jazz Ensemble

Michael Allemana, Director

Known for its boldness in showcasing cutting-edge works, the UChicago Jazz Ensemble is a versatile collection of musicians, frequently joined in performance by noted Chicago-area professionals. The Ensemble's three-concert season offers a variety of music ranging from jazz standards to hip-hop, often in custom arrangements by the ensemble’s own members. Both in rehearsal and in performance, the ensemble focuses on developing the improvisational skills of its musicians, as well as on deepening their understanding of the wide-ranging jazz idiom. The group has issued two CDs and frequently performs for University events on campus and elsewhere in the city. 

Rehearsals & Performances

The Jazz Ensemble rehearses Wednesday evenings, with Jazz Band 1 at 5:30-7:00 PM and Jazz Band 2 at 7:30-9:00 PM.

2024-25 Concert Dates:

  • Thursday, November 21, 8:00 PM, Logan Center Performance Hall
  • Thursday, February 27, 8:00 PM, Logan Center Performance Hall
  • Thursday, May 15, 8:00 PM, Logan Center Performance Hall


Students interested in joining the Jazz Ensemble at UChicago must audition at the beginning of autumn quarter. Please visit the Auditions page for complete information, including audition requirements.