Instrumental Ensemble Courses


NJW Octet

Ensemble with five horns and rhythm section, playing great arrangements!

Steps Ahead Ensemble

A class covering the most famous recordings from the ground breaking jazz fusion group “Steps Ahead”. The ensemble will perform Read More

Brazilian Funk Ensemble

An advanced level ensemble covering samba funk and Brazilian tunes in different time signatures. Positions by audition only for piano, Read More

George Shearing Ensemble 2

A class covering the repertoire and the “Shearing Sound.” Emphasis on ensemble playing, block chord voicings for piano, and tanscriptions Read More

Sonny Rollins Ensemble

A class covering the composistions and history of Sonny Rollins. Emphasis on solo transcription and ensemble playing. For piano or Read More

Bird & Diz Ensemble

An ensemble focusing on the repertoire and stylings of the mid to late 40’s emergence of Bebop. The ensemble performs Read More

Pat Metheny Ensemble

A class covering the repertoire and stylings of Pat Metheny. Emphasis will be made on sound, odd meters and improvisation. Read More

Miles Davis Ensemble 2

A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the mid-50’s and 60?s Prestige recordings of the famous quintet. The Read More

Horace Silver Ensemble 2

A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the Blue Note years of Horace Silver. The ensemble performs transcriptions Read More

Chick Corea Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions of Chick Corea’s Electric Band. Students will play “Got a Match,” “Side Walk,” “Rumble,” “Cool Read More

Art Blakey Ensemble 2

A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers. The ensemble performs transcriptions of Read More

Count Basie Ensemble

Study and perform some of the great swinging compositions played by the Count Basie Orchestra. Students will explore the tunes Read More

Advanced Instrumental Ensemble

A performance ensemble for advanced students featuring intensive study of advanced repertoire and improvisational devices.

Billy Strayhorn Ensemble

Study and perform some of the great compositions and harmonic style of Billy Strayhorn, famous for co-writing with the legendary Read More

Guitar Ensemble

Study and perform standards arranged for multiple guitars by Mundell Lowe, Lloyd Wells, and others. In this class, students will Read More

Yellowjackets Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and style of one of the 21st century’s most important instrumental jazz fusion group. Perform Read More

Freddie Hubbard Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and style of the great Freddie Hubbard. Students will explore tunes including “Little Sunflower,” “Crisis,” Read More

Duke Ellington Ensemble

Study and perform some of the great compositions and harmonic style of Duke Ellington. Students will explore the tunes “Take Read More

Jazztet Ensemble

Study and perform the great compositions of the Benny Golson/Art Farmer group “The Jazztet.” Students will explore tunes including “Killer Read More

Wes Montgomery Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions, style, and guitar techniques of Wes Montgomery and his trios. Students will explore tunes including Read More

Soul Jazz Ensemble

Study and perform compositions from artists such as Ramsey Lewis, Eddie Harris, Les McCann, Herbie Hancock & Stanley Turrentine. This Read More

Tower of Power Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions of this famous funk band. This class will emphasize precision and groove. Perform some of Read More

Dave Brubeck Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and style of Dave Brubeck. This class emphasizes odd meters, solo transcription and ensemble playing. Read More

Bill Evans Trio

Study and perform the compositions, style, and analysis of the classic Bill Evans Trio sound. Transcriptions will be required. Students Read More

Oliver Nelson Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and style of Oliver Nelson’s Blues and the Abstract Truth. Students will explore tunes including Read More

Lee Morgan Ensemble

Study and perform the compositions and style of the Blue Note years of Lee Morgan. Students will explore tunes including Read More

George Shearing Ensemble

Study and perform the repertoire and the “Shearing Sound.” This class will emphasize ensemble playing, block chord voicings for piano, Read More

Miles Davis Ensemble

Study and perform some of the repertoire and style of the mid-50’s and ’60’s recordings of the famous quintet. Perform Read More