The UT Dallas Jazz Ensemble (MUSI 3389), directed by jazz pianist Kelly Durbin, is a large jazz band of students interested in "keeping their chops up" and playing in a jazz band. The UT Dallas Jazz Ensemble repertoire draws from a variety of music in the jazz tradition ranging from early swing music (e.g., Count Basie, Glenn Miller) to bebop and hard bop, (e.g. Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie) to current jazz compositions and arrangements. Players work with swing, rock, funk, latin and other styles. The Jazz Ensemble performs in the Fall and Spring Arts Festivals, has performed at various University functions and gives informal concerts around campus.
Students enrolled in the Jazz Ensemble must provide their own instruments (the University provides drum kit, baritone sax, keyboards and amplifiers). To become a member of the Jazz Ensemble, students sign up for either Jazz Ensemble I (MUSI 2326 - freshman and sophomores) or Jazz Ensemble II ( MUSI 3386 - juniors and seniors, or by permission of the instructor). Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. Jazz impovisation skills are not required, but students are encouraged to develop these skills throughout the semester or by taking Jazz Improvisation and Keyboard Harmony (MUSI 3387). The class rehearses twice per week, and is a three semester credit hour course. Students may repeat the course up to three times for elective credit towards their degree plan.
For audition information, contact Kelly Durbin.
Students interested in Jazz History can enroll in History of Jazz (MUSI 3322). The course is taught over two semesters.