Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies

Jazz Ensemble I

UNCG Jazz Ensemble I is regarded as one of the premier jazz ensembles in the nation, and has been featured in concerts throughout the United States, on radio and television. The ensemble is comprised of undergraduate jazz studies majors and undergraduate and graduate performance and education majors whom are making jazz a part of their musical training. Guest artists who have performed with Jazz Ensemble I include Clark Terry, Ellis Marsalis, Dick Oatts, Robin Eubanks, Peter Bernstein, Joel Frahm, Seamus Blake, Marcus Printup, Ryan Kisor, Joey Calderazzo, Lee Konitz, Lewis Nash, Vincent Gardner, and many others. Jazz Ensemble I has toured extensively and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and at Lincoln Center in New York City. Every year, the ensemble produces a compact disc recording, which consists of compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations written by current UNCG students. During the participants' tenure, they will be exposed to the great music of large jazz ensembles, such as Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad Jones, as well as contemporary artists.

Jazz Ensemble I group shot

UNCG Jazz recordings have received five-star reviews and are frequently heard on NPR radio. Our most recent releases are "Turns Out" (2013) and "Bouncing with Blue Note at 75" (2014). As well, Jazz Ensemble I has been honored with the Herb Wong Blue Chip Award for "Top 10 Best Jazz College Recordings" three years in a row. For a complete discography, visit the link above.

Our YouTube page features many student arrangements performed with saxophonist John Ellis, among others. We rehearse four days per week, from noon to 12:50 pm in the large rehearsal hall, room 111. The course number is 395-01, or 695-01 for graduate students. Feel free to come and observe us rehearse anytime! We also perform often during the school year. Information about our concerts can be found on the College of Visual and Performing Arts calendar.