Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies Faculty






Welcome to the Jazz Studies Program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, one of the first and foremost jazz programs in the world.


  • Congratulations to all the Grammy-nominated faculty and alumni!
    • Wayne Wallace and Michael Spiro, along with La Orquestra Sinfonietta, for Best Latin Jazz Album. Alongside Wallace and Spiro, Canto America features Jacobs School of Music students, faculty, and alumni.
    • Alumnus Peter Erskine, who was nominated both in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category for his own project, Dr. Um, and in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category for the collaborative work with Bob Mintzer for All L.A. Band.
    • Matt Holman, flugelhorn, is a band member of Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, also nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble for their album Real Enemies.
    • Scott Wendholt, trumpet, is a soloist on the Alan Ferber Nonet's composition "Flow", nominated for Best Instrumental Composition.
    • Booker T. as an engineer on Prince's Hit 'N Run Phase Two (Prince's final studio album) in the Best Engineered Non-Classical Album category.
  • Please join us January 21, 2017 to celebrate the life and work of Distinguished Professor David N. Baker.
  • Read our most recent newsletter HERE! Featuring faculty Walter Smith III and Jeremy Fox, Basically Baker Vol. 2: The Big Band Music of David Baker, and The Liberation Music Collective.
  • Check out our Soundcloud tracks and YouTube videos on our Sights and Sounds page!
  • Congratulations to faculty Dave Stryker, Walter Smith III, and Wayne Wallace, as well as alumni Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Booker T. Jones, John Clayton, Scott Wendholt, Roger Rosenberg, Matt Mitchell and Sara Caswell for being selected to the 2016 Downbeat Critics' Poll.


Our mission is to prepare students for professional careers and leadership roles in jazz and related fields of contemporary music by providing exceptional training that equips students with the flexible skills and experience required of successful, well-rounded musicians, and creative jazz artists.

A wide variety of performance opportunities and a comprehensive curriculum ground our students in the rich history, traditions, and culture of jazz while nurturing their exploration of new and contemporary styles in an environment that encourages a free-flowing exchange of ideas between faculty, students, guest artists, and the community.

Our faculty, students, and alumni serve as a resource for the Jacobs School of Music, university, state, national, and international communities through our world-class creative activities in performance, composition, education, and scholarship.