The UJE is comprised of members of the student body who are interested in playing jazz music in the big band tradition. There are three jazz ensembles, each playing a variety of great music and culminating in a performance in the Recital Hall at the Ann E. Pitzer Center. Prior jazz ensemble experience is not required and all majors are accepted. For more information about participating in these jazz ensembles, including information on how to register for the course, please email email@example.com.
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Jazz combos are made up of students interested in playing small group jazz. Typically these groups will focus on the music of a significant musical artist (Miles Davis, Art Blakey, etc.) and will perform several times throughout the semester. Past performances include on-campus events, Picnic Day, and playing at the Vanderhoef Studio. Prior jazz combo or ensemble experience is preferred, but not necessary.To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UC Davis JazzLab (Jazz Composers Ensemble) is the counterpart ensemble to the new UC Davis Jazz Composition, Theory & Arranging Course. The JazzLab meets every week for a student composers reading session, composition, and arranging workshop. Internationally renowned Jazz artist, Dr. Jacám Manricks, will perform with and direct the ensemble in an effort to provide an inspiring, creative, and learning environment for all composers and ensemble members involved. Topics that will be discussed include: ensemble playing, sight-reading, improvisation, composition and arranging, orchestration, and music theory. The UC Davis JazzLab will perform a concert and recording session each quarter. The ensemble welcomes all instrumentalists to apply. To learn more or to apply, email email@example.com requesting an application form.
The Winter Jazz Ensembles concert swings with performances by the UC Davis Blue, Gold and Vanguard Bands and guest artist trumpet player Steve Roach.
The Gold Band will play the classic music of the Count Basie Orchestra including “Fantail,” ”Whirly Bird,” ”Rompin at the Reno,” and “The Wiggle Walk.” A highlight of the evening will be Vanguard and Blue Bands playing selections from Kenny Wheelers “Sweet Time Suite,” an eight-movement work divided between the two ensembles. Roach will perform with all three bands.
An acclaimed performer and educator, Steve Roach has been the Director of Jazz Studies at Sacramento State since 2001. He has also served as Director of Jazz Studies at Baylor University and has held teaching positions at the University of Northern Colorado and Northern Illinois University. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet and jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.
As a professional, Roach has appeared as an assisting artist include studio and live sessions with such jazz and pop musicians as Tito Puente, Dave Pietro, Louis Bellson, Billy Drummond, Alan Ferber, Conrad Herwig, Lou Rawls, Jon Tchicai, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester, Toni Tennille, Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, Jeffrey Osbourne, Carl Fontana, Paquito D’Rivera, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, The Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, and others. He maintains an active schedule as a freelance artist and is a member of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, a group in which he co-founded.
D.M.A., University of ColoradoM.M., California State University, SacramentoB.F.A., The New School, New York
Sam Griffith recently completed his D.M.A. in jazz studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he directed large and small jazz ensembles and taught history of jazz and applied jazz trombone.
D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music, New YorkM.M, William Paterson University, New JerseyB.MUS, QLD Conservatorium, Australia
Jazz composer/arranger, saxophonist/woodwind player and music educator Dr Jacam Manricks has been a highly respected figure among the New York city jazz scene for the past 13 years. Manricks has released three highly acclaimed albums as a leader to date, (Labyrinth, Trigonometry and Cloud Nine) and performed as a sideman on countless other releases. His music has been highly commended in major music magazines, websites and newspapers in the United States, Canada, France, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Australia, and New Zealand.