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"Bottom line: jazz is alive, and you can study it in Orlando."  Dee Dee Bridgewater, NPR's JazzSet
Jazz Program Director's Note
Jazz Program Director's Note

The UCF Music Department is in its fourth year offering of our Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, as well as our graduate degree offering of an M.A. in Music. The addition of several new ensembles this year including the UCF Jazz Ensemble II under the direction of Per Danielsson, is a reflection of growth within UCF music. Jazz Ensemble II is designed to meet the needs of our jazz majors as well as music education majors interested in gaining experience in jazz performance techniques and jazz pedagogy.

This is also the inaugural year for Flying Horse Records, the music departments own record company. The first release, Jazz Town features the UCF Jazz Ensemble I, and charted for six weeks, climbing to number 43. Our current release, The Jazz Professors is in its fourth week on the charts, and is at number 23.

Our jazz curriculum integrates performance with dissemination of knowledge. For example, students in the Jazz Workshop ensembles perform and develop a repertoire and improvisational techniques on Tuesdays and Thursdays while the UCF Jazz Ensemble I and II meets Mondays and Wednesdays. The scheduling of our curriculum gives students a great deal of rehearsal and performance time, and input from our professors. Numerous graduate students are in these groups, elevating the playing level and ensemble experience. Our Jazz theory course meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Of great interest is the annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival scheduled for March 25th and 26th, 2011. In addition to presenting Terell Stafford and Lenny Pickett, high school jazz bands will take the stage during the day. The UCF All Star High School Jazztet will return at this year’s festival. It is a group of select high school jazz musicians competing for the opportunity to prepare a set, opening up for the headliner of the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival. These students will work with the UCF Jazz Faculty for a few in-depth rehearsals prior to the event. The focus of this group is improvisation within the small group setting. Students from all over the country are invited to audition. Read more about the UCF All Star High School Jazztet.

The first UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival was recorded for NPR's JazzSet hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater and aired on NPR stations. Last year's jazz festival was broadcast on UCF-TV. Don't miss this exiting evening showcasing great jazz from UCF and Orlando!

There are over 20 other jazz performances throughout the school year. Please check our events calendar for complete concert listings and information.

Our B.M. in Jazz Studies curriculum reflects trends in the industry, as well as the performance and recording opportunities in the Orlando Metro area. Most of our music students perform regularly in town or at the amusement parks. Several of our students perform and record with Sam Rivers RIVBEA orchestra, as well as numerous other groups. Professional performance opportunities in Orlando combined with the comprehensive music curriculum at UCF gives our students a unique learning experience.

We look forward to the years ahead, and hope to see you at an upcoming UCF music event!

Best Wishes,
Jeff Rupert
Yamaha Performing Artist
Director of Jazz Studies

Events

Guest Artist: Frank Kimbrough, jazz piano

Tuesday, January 17, 2017; 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Jazz Chamber Concert

Tuesday, February 7, 2017; 8:00pm - 10:00pm

UCF Flying Horse Big Band

Friday, February 10, 2017; 8:00pm - 9:30pm

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Guest Artists

The following guest jazz artists have appeared in clinics and concerts.

Name Specialty
Sam Rivers Tenor/Soprano Saxophone, Composition
Michael Phillip Mossman Trumpet, Composition
James Moody Tenor and Alto Saxophone
Bob Berg Tenor Saxophone
Arturo Sandoval Trumpet
Eric Alexander Tenor Saxophone
John Swana Trumpet
Mitch Stein Guitar
Rodney Holmes Drums
Harry Allen Tenor Saxophone
Terry Gibbs Vibraphone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Ralph Bowen Tenor Saxophone
Vance Villastrigo Jazz Vocals, Piano
Cliff Pecota Tenor Saxophone, Composition
Joe Cohn Jazz Guitar
Kenny Drew, Jr. Piano
John Jenkins Drums
Danny Gottlieb Drums
Richard Drexler Bass, Piano
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet

Jazz Ensembles

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Jazz Ensemble I and II are designed to meet the needs of our jazz majors as well as music education majors interested in gaining experience in jazz performance techniques and jazz pedagogy. The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Chamber Group have active performance schedules and work with many distinguished guests, including Sam Rivers, Michael Phillip Mossman, and James Moody.

Jazz Ensemble I

Jazz Ensemble I is a standard instrumentation big band featuring the finest jazz performers at UCF. This ensemble performs more than any other ensemble on campus, incorporating repertory works and new music of the highest caliber.

The ensemble performs locally, regionally, and nationally for conferences, concerts, and festivals. Additionally, this ensemble produces recordings for Flying Horse Records and performs with jazz legends as diverse and relevant as Sam Rivers and Lenny Pickett.

The ensemble is open to all UCF students, regardless of major, by audition at the beginning of each semester. Jazz Ensemble I meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Jazz Ensemble I serves as a major ensemble for music majors, and members receive one hour of academic credit for each semester of successful participation.

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Jazz Ensemble II

Jazz Ensemble II is a standard instrumentation big band geared toward training music education majors in the jazz idiom and developing skills in applied jazz performance. The group performs a varied repertoire of standard literature as well as new pieces composed and arranged for big band. The ensemble performs locally and regionally several times per semester.

Admission is open to all UCF students by audition at the beginning of each semester. Jazz Ensemble II meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:20 p.m. Jazz Ensemble II serves as a major ensemble for music majors, and members receive one hour of academic credit for each semester of successful participation.

Jazz Workshops I & II

UCF has two Jazz Workshop groups. These are jazz chamber groups (quartets to sextets) performing at the highest level. Repertoire and improvisation skills are the main focus of these groups and are taught by full-time jazz professors. The Jazz Workshop groups perform and record frequently.

Admission is open to all UCF students by audition at the beginning of each semester. Prerequisites are Jazz Theory I and II. The groups meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-10:15 a.m. The workshops serve as minor ensembles for music majors, and members receive one hour of academic credit for each semester of successful participation.

Jazz Chamber Groups I & II

UCF has two Jazz Chamber Groups. These small groups (quartets to sextets) perform music appropriate to the level of musicianship in the group. Repertoire and improvisation skills are the main focus of these groups. The Jazz Chamber groups perform frequently around Central Florida.

Entry into these groups is open to all UCF students, regardless of major, by audition at the beginning of each semester. There are no prerequisites for these ensembles.

The groups meet with jazz professors one hour per week and rehearse on their own for one hour. The Jazz Chamber Groups serve as minor ensembles for music majors, and members receive one hour of academic credit for each semester of successful participation.

Jazz Faculty

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-2869 Fax: 407-823-3378 • E-mail: ucfmusic@ucf.edu