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, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
- Thursday, November 17, 8:00 p.m., Logan Center Performance Hall
- Thursday, February 23, 8:00 p.m., Logan Center Performance Hall
- Thursday, May 11, 8:00 p.m., 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.
On Thursday, August 18, 2022, Performance Program Director Barbara Schubert held an interactive virtual information session about the Department of Music's Performance Program. The event was recorded and is available to watch on YouTube.
On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, Performance Program Director Barbara Schubert, University Wind Ensemble Director Nicholas Carlson, University Chamber Orchestra Director Matthew Sheppard, Percussion Ensemble Director John Corkill, and Jazz Ensemble Director Michael Allemana hosted an interactive virtual information session about the Department of Music's instrumental ensembles and programs. The event was recorded and is available to watch on YouTube.