There is a strong tradition of high-caliber jazz performance at UNC. The jazz area consists of performance ensembles, including the UNC Jazz Band and five jazz combos, as well as course offerings in jazz theory/harmony, jazz improvisation, jazz history, and jazz arranging. The Jazz Band and the jazz combos provide concerts on campus twice each semester, and these concerts are often given in conjunction with guest artists. In this setting, students have the opportunity to be coached by these artists and to perform with them on stage. In recent years, clinicians have included Bobby Floyd, the Chick Corea Trio, Christian McBride, Brian Blade, the Marcus Roberts Trio, Wycliffe Gordon, Jamey Aebersold, Phil Degreg, Greg Gisbert, the Lynn Seaton Trio, Harry Waters, and many others. The combos also frequently perform at a variety of venues in the Chapel Hill area.
Information regarding jazz courses, jazz ensembles, and how to prepare for jazz auditions, as well as jazz faculty contact information is posted at the tabs to the left. For further assistance with any inquiries that may not be answered by reading this page, please feel free to contact Professor James Ketch (Director of Jazz Studies) or Dr. Stephen Anderson (Jazz Studies [jazz piano] and Composition).