Pianist Joey Calderazzo with UNCG student Melvin Holland, October 20th, 2014

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Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies

The UNCG Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program offers a personal and dynamic education for incoming students. Several small jazz groups, two large jazz ensembles, and many supportive courses in improvisation, arranging/composition, history, theory, ear training, pedagogy, and piano skills lead to the Bachelor of Music in Performance (Jazz Studies). While it is beneficially housed in one of the largest music schools in the Southeastern United States, the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program is small, committed, and specialized. World-class jazz faculty are available not only for leading classes but for mentorship and performance with our students. Our focus is certainly not the path of least resistance: we study by rote, with an emphasis on the blues, swing, improvisation, published composition and arranging, and recording experience. We offer many opportunities for students to perform with clinicians, who recently have included Peter Bernstein, Lee Konitz, John Ellis, Marcus Printup, Joel Frahm, Seamus Blake, and Ellis Marsalis.

Where Are They Now?

Jazz professor Steve Haines recently discovered a photo of his first jazz ensemble, from 1999 - click here to read about where they have gone post-UNCG.

2016 - 2017 Jazz Events

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Date Details
Friday, October 7 UNCG Jazz Ensembles I and II, 7:30 pm, Recital Hall. “Basie meets the Duke”
Thursday, November 10 UNCG Jazz Ensemble II, 7:30 pm, Recital Hall
Sunday, November 20 UNCG Jazz Ensemble I and the UNCG Honors H.S. Jazz Band with special guest, David Wong. Recital Hall
Sunday, February 26 UNCG Jazz Ensemble I and II, 7:30 pm concert, Recital Hall, “War and Peace”
Wednesday, April 12 UNCG Jazz Ensemble II, 7:30 pm, Recital Hall
Thursday, April 13 UNCG Small Jazz Groups Concert, 7:30 pm; Organ Hall
Friday, April 28 Miles Davis Jazz Festival, UNCG Jazz Ensemble I with special guest, drummer Matt Wilson. 8:00 pm, UNCG Auditorium

Jazz Handbook

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Honors Jazz 2015

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