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Jazz One Ensemble

This group will consist of bass, drums, guitar and keyboard plus 1-2 vocalists.  Students should have basic ability to improvise, comp, and sight-read on their respective instruments.  We will focus on standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as the eras of bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, fusion, and/or latin jazz.  Participants will learn how to create fresh arrangements of these tunes, and student arrangements and jazz compositions are encouraged.

Current Students


  • Fly Me To the Moon
  • Manha de Carnival (A Day in the Life of a Fool)

Vocalists need to be memorized and should be able to demonstrate ability to improvise on either piece.  Please bring multiple copies of charts in YOUR KEY.

Keyboardists and Guitarists should be able to comp, play the melody and improvise over both tunes.  If you play a hollow body guitar, bring it.

Bassists who can play upright are preferred but it’s not required.  Please be able to play the melody, play the stylistically appropriate bass lines, and improvise on both tunes.

Drummers should be able to play the stylistically appropriate grooves and fills, and improvise (most likely trading fours) on either tune.