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.


No performances currently scheduled. Please visit the RIT Events Calendar for a full listing of performing arts concerts and events.

Fall 2021 Audition Information

If you play an instrument and are interested in being a part of a jazz ensemble at RIT we are hard at work planning an exciting semester! RIT currently has four different jazz ensembles with rehearsals taking place on various week nights that allow flexible scheduling.

If you would like to be part of a jazz ensemble please email Professor Karl Stabnau with your schedule and availability so you can be assigned an audition time and sent further instructions. 

Please feel free to email with any other questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you this semester!  

Recently Performed Repertoire

  • 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


Jazz Ensemble: 5-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, SAU A130

Jazz Lab Ensemble: 6:30-10:10 p.m. Wednesdays, SAU A130


Students can register for this 1 credit course.

Credits 1
Preparing for and performing concerts of jazz repertoire offers students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of and appreciation for music, and its role in society, through the careful analysis of musical forms and ideas, and the comparison of exemplary works from a variety of times, places and social/cultural necessities. The RIT Jazz Ensemble performs three major concerts a year of standard repertoire from the early 20th century to the present. Students from the RIT Jazz Ensemble also have the opportunity to play in a variety of informal performances both on and off campus. Auditions will be held to assess proper placement. Contact instructor for more information.

Ensemble Images


Karl Stabnau
Karl Stabnau
Visiting Lecturer
Director of Jazz Ensembles
Department of Performing Arts
College of Liberal Arts