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RIT Jazz Ensemble


This ensemble consists of trumpets, trombones, saxes, piano, drums, bass, and guitar. The repertoire typically includes traditional big band music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Woody Herman, as well as contemporary music of such groups as Spyro Gyra. Music by local composers, such as Matt Harris, are also performed.

Recently Performed Works: 

Below is a select list of works that have been recently performed by the RIT Jazz Ensembles:

  • Jump Jive and Wail - Louis Prima
  • David Berger - Business As Usual
  • Carvan - Ellington, Mills and Tizol
  • Flip Top - Mike Barone
  • Donna Lee - Parker and Davis
  • Birdland - Josef Zawinul
  • That Warm Feeling - Sammy Nestico
  • Honk - Jeff Jarvis
Ensemble Rehearsals: 

5:00 - 6:20PM Tuesdays; Thursdays (Jazz Ensemble) SAU Music Room (A130)
6:30 - 10:10PM Wednesdays (Jazz Lab Ensemble) SAU Music Room (A130)

Ensemble Membership: 

Contact the director, Herb Smith, for audition information.

Ensemble Credit: 

Students can register for this 1 credit course.

Ensemble Website: 

RIT Jazz Ensemble Concerts

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 7:00pm