Brian Lynch rehearses with the UW Jazz Orchestra

Brian Lynch rehearses with the UW Jazz Orchestra, May 2014.

Jazz Ensembles

  • UW Jazz Orchestra (The Big Band)

    Rehearsal Schedule: Mon & Wed, 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm; Room 1321
    Course Number: 660-262 (for undergraduate credit) 660-562 (for graduate credit); 1 credit
    Director: Johannes Wallmann
    Prerequisites: Audition (see info here): 5 saxes (2 alto, 2 tenor, 1 bari; flute and/or clarinet doubling experience preferred, but not required); 4 to 5 trumpets; 4 to 5 trombones; piano, guitar, bass, drums
    Description: The UWJO workshops and performs music ranging from the classic big band repertoire to contemporary and cutting-edge concert jazz music by today’s leading jazz composers. Twice-weekly rehearsals, plus on-campus and off-campus performances.

  • Blue Note Ensemble (Small Group)

    Rehearsal Schedule: Mon 8:15 pm to 10:00 pm; Room 1321
    Course Number: 660-262 (for undergraduate credit) 660-562 (for graduate credit); 1 credit
    Director: Johannes Wallmann
    Prerequisites: Audition (see info here): 2 to 3 frontline instruments (trumpets, trombones, saxes, other woodwinds or high strings), 1 to 2 comping instruments (piano, guitar, vibraphone), bass, drums
    Description: A small jazz ensemble performing music from the post-bop jazz period of the 1950s and 1960s (such as the music of Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson or Art Blakey). Each semester focuses primarily on the music of a single jazz artist.

  • Contemporary Jazz Ensemble (Small Group)

    Rehearsal Schedule: Thu 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm, Room 1321
    Course Number: 660-262 (for undergraduate credit) 660-562 (for graduate credit); 1 credit
    Director: Johannes Wallmann
    Prerequisites: Audition (see info here): 2 to 3 frontline instruments (trumpets, trombones, saxes, other woodwinds or high strings), 1 to 2 comping instruments (piano, guitar, vibraphone), bass, drums
    Description: A small jazz ensemble performing contemporary mainstream jazz repertoire from the last two decades (such as compositions by Dave Douglas, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Wheeler, Chris Potter, David Binney, Dave Holland, and Brian Blade), as well as student compositions.

  • Jazz Composers’ Septet

    Rehearsal Schedule: Tue, 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm
    Course Number: 660-004; 1 credit
    Director: Les Thimmig
    Prerequisites: Audition (see info here): trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax with woodwind doubles, trombone, piano, bass, guitar
    Description: A small jazz ensemble focused primarily on student compositions.

  • Black Music Ensemble (Student-Run Organization)

    Rehearsal Schedule: Wed 1:20 pm to 3:00 pm

    Description: Black Music Ensemble is a small collection of both vocalists and instrumentalists devoted to studying the music of black composers; namely, jazz composers. Following the 2016 retirement of Professor Richard Davis, this ensemble now continues as a student-run organization (not available as a for-credit course). For information about the ensemble, including audition info, please contact uwmadisonbme@gmail.com.

  • Latin Jazz Ensemble (small group)

    Rehearsal Schedule: Wed, 8:15 pm to 10:00 pm; Room 1321
    Course Number: 660-262 (for undergraduate credit) 660-562 (for graduate credit); 1 credit
    Director: Eric Siereveld
    Prerequisites: Audition (see info here): 2 to 4 frontline instruments (brass, woodwind, or strings), 1 to 2 comping instruments (piano, guitar, vibraphone), bass, drums, percussion
    Description: A small jazz ensemble performing music of the Latin-American jazz diaspora, with an emphasis on the rhythmic traditions of Cuba.

  • Jazz Standards Ensemble (Small Group)

    Rehearsal Schedule: Tue 8:15 pm to 10:00 pm; Room 1321
    Course Number: 660-262 (for undergraduate credit) 660-562 (for graduate credit); 1 credit
    Director: John Wm. Schaffer
    Prerequisites: Audition (see info here): 2 to 3 frontline instruments (trumpets, trombones, saxes, other woodwinds or high strings), 1 to 2 comping instruments (piano, guitar, vibraphone), bass, drums
    Description: Small jazz ensemble performing music from the standard jazz repertoire.