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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.

News

  • Congratulations to MM Jazz student Cami Mennitte Pereyra on being selected for the Jazz Education Network's Mary Jo Papich Women in Jazz Scholarship for 2020!

  • We are honored to share that Brent Wallarab's IU Jazz Ensemble has been invited as one of 10 university jazz ensembles nationwide to the Jack Rudin Jazz Championship at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC in January 2020. Read the press release here.

  • Congratulations to Brent Wallarab and his IU Jacobs School Jazz Ensemble! Their concert performance of Wallarab’s Gennett Suite, recorded for broadcast by WTIU, has been picked up by more than 105 PBS stations nationwide paired with WTIU’s documentary The Music Makers of Gennett Records. Watch for it in your local listings over the next three months!

  • Guitar professor Dave Stryker's summer release Eight Track III spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Jazz Week Radio chart and received a 4-star review in DownBeat Magazine. Hear a preview here.
  • Wayne Wallace, professor of jazz trombone and director of the IU Latin Jazz Ensemble, released Rhythm of Invention in summer 2019 and made it into the top 10 on the JazzWeek Radio chart. The title track features a rap written by Wallace followed by excerpts of David Baker speaking about rhythm in jazz. Listen here.
  • Jazz piano professor Luke Gillespie's new CD Moving Mists made it to Number 2 on the Roots Music Report jazz chart in summer 2019. Listen here. The album features IU Jazz faculty.
  • Congratulations to IU Jazz Faculty who made the 67th Annual DownBeat Critics Poll!
    Dave Stryker (Guitar)
    Sachal Vasandani (Male Vocalist)
    Wayne Wallace (Trombone)
    John Raymond (Rising Star Trumpet)
    Greg Ward (Rising Star Alto Saxophone)

  • Earlier in 2019
    • Professor of saxophone Greg Ward's new CD Rogue Parade: Stomping Off from Greenwood was featured on NPR, and received 4 stars in DownBeat Magazine, and a review in the New York City Jazz Record. Listen here.
    • Professor John Raymond released Real Feels Live, Vol. 2. and garnered a 4-star review in DownBeat Magazine which called it "a spectacular work of art". Listen here.
    • The Plummer Jazz Quintet, directed by Walter Smith III, performed at the Jazz Gallery in New York City with special guest Ben Wendel on March 18 and 19.
       
  • Streaming Video: Watch streaming video* of special concerts in recent years at IU Music Live!
    • Jazz Celebration 2019 featuring Grammy Award-winning composer/arranger Vince Mendoza leading the IU Jacobs School of Music Jazz Ensemble I and a studio orchestra
    • Jazz Celebration 2018 featuring Tierney Sutton, John Raymond, Walter Smith III, and Todd Coolman.
    • Jazz Celebration 2017 featuring Grammy Award-winning IU alum, bassist/arranger John Clayton
    • January 2017 concert Celebrating the Life of David N. Baker
    • *After following the link, scroll down to the header "More Seasons", then click "Show" to view the videos.
  • Check out our Soundcloud tracks and YouTube videos on our Sights and Sounds page!

 

Mission

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.