The Jazz Studies area provides a variety of performing opportunities including the UNC Jazz Band, the UNC Jazz Combos, and Charanga Carolina. The UNC Jazz Band is directed by Professor Jim Ketch and meets MWF from 1:25-2:15 p.m. in Kenan Music Building, Room 1201. The jazz combos rehearse twice weekly – once on Fridays between (2:30-4:30 p.m.) and one other time during the week as scheduled by the students in each respective group.
Both the Jazz Band and Jazz Combos perform at least twice a semester on campus, often in conjunction with guest artists. The program usually brings from 4-6 artists to campus each year. Here is a partial list of the musicians who have performed with our jazz students:
Saxophonists: Eric Alexander, Walter Smith III, Joel Frahm, Ivan Renta, Jim Snidero, Dave Pietro, Gary Smulyan, Stephen Riley, Don Braden, Victor Goines, Rich Perry, Jimmy Heath, Greg Fishman, Jamey Aebersold, and Dick Oatts
Trumpeters: Marcus Printup, Greg Gisbert, Terell Stafford, Etienne Charles, Joe Magnarelli, Scott Wendholt, Jim Rotondi, Claudio Roditi, John McNeil, Pat Harbison
Trombonists: Corey Wilcox, Wycliffe Gordon, Ron Westray, Michael Dease, Vincent Gardner, Luis Bonilla, Slide Hampton, Al Grey, Rick Simerly, Rick Lillard, Harry Waters
Pianists/Guitarists: Dave Stryker, Mark Whitfield, Marcus Roberts, Jeb Patton, Bobby Floyd, Hal Galper, Mark Tucker, Mike LeDonne, Randy Johnston, Phil DeGreg
Bassists/Drummers: Rufus Reid, Rodney Whitaker, Nat Reeves, Carl Allen, Ed Soph, Terri Lynn Carrington, Jason Marsalis, Louie Bellson, Lynn Seaton
Additionally, the Carolina Performing Arts Series brings world-class jazz artists to campus which often results in brilliant concert experiences but also clinics and masterclasses. Recent guests of Carolina Performing Arts includes:
Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Terrence Blanchard, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade, Count Basie Orchestra, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, Esperanza Spaulding, Fred Hersch, Julian Lage, Brad Mehldau, and Vijay Iyer.
Students in the jazz area also typically perform at a variety of venues in the Chapel Hill area.
For audition information, please visit the “Auditions” page found at the tab to the left.