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Jazz Ensemble in Ludwig Recital Hall

Jazz Bands

The Kent State University Jazz Studies Program fosters a “Real World” atmosphere, promoting the development of fundamental skills in Jazz.  Through our Jazz Minor curriculum and ensemble performance, students are provided the opportunity to improve individual musicianship, create a personal voice, learn from and be inspired by the rich history, understand the evolutionary process and modern trends of Jazz, while becoming musical leaders and positive contributors to the Kent State University experience.

The Chamber Jazz ensemble rehearses every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30-6:55 in the Center for Performing Arts.

The Jazz Orchestra rehearses every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-6:55 in the Center for Performing Arts.

The jazz ensembles are directed by Bobby Selvaggio and Chris Coles.


Jazz Studies Calendar of Events


Thursday and Friday, Jan. 29 and 30

Chamber Jazz Ensemble/Wind Ensemble Tour


Friday , Feb. 6

Chamber Jazz Ensemble performance at OMEA


Friday through Sunday, Feb. 20, 21 and 22

Chamber Jazz Ensemble, Flow Combo and N ova Jazz Singers

at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival


Wednesday, Mar. 4

Chamber Jazz Ensemble will serve as

the featured ensemble at Maplewood High School Jazz festival in Guys Mills, PA


Friday, Mar. 6

KSU High School Jazz Invitational Cooncert

featuring the Chamber Jazz Ensemble, Solon High School and Louisville High School

in Ludwig Recital Hall at 8 p.m.

Invitational events throughout the day.


Friday, Apr. 3

Guest Artist Donny McCaslin Masterclass from Noon to 2 p.m.

Evening concert featuring KSU jazz studies ensembles and Donny McCaslin Quintet at 8 p.m.


Monday, Apr. 20 at 8 p.m.

Jazz Ensembles concert

Free admission

Ludwig Recital Hall


Tuesday, Apr. 21 at 8 p.m.

Jazz Combo concert

Free admission

Ludwig Recital Hall