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Sage Hall, Johnson School of Management at Cornell

The Cornell University Jazz Ensembles provide those who are sincerely interested in the art of improvisation the opportunity to explore history, composition, arranging, and craft through performance and scholarship.

In addition to a long-standing tradition of excellence in jazz studies and performance, Cornell University boasts the largest Ivy League jazz program. Our expert faculty of performer-pedagogues and internationally-recognized guest artists work closely with both graduates and undergraduates from all disciplines. This creates a rich socioacademic experience - a place to learn, explore, and grow.

Alumni of the program perform in the jazz-centric scenes of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Los Angeles and/or teach jazz and popular music at universities all over the world. Countless others excel in STEM or the humanities and continue to perform at a high level throughout their professional careers. This is the goal of jazz program at Cornell. Its participants seek expert musicianship, life-long enjoyment, and the skills to creatively face any obstacle. They are life-long learners of great art.

This year promises to be one of the most exciting in recent memory, with more ensembles and classes offered than ever before. Wynton Marsalis, the Andrew D. White Professor-at-large, visits for a historic week-long residency, and Vincent Herring, Alicia Olatuja, John Stowell, and Matt Garrity perform as guests. Opportunities for weekly performances, classes, and rehearsals abound.

Get ready, practice hard, and be prepared for a remarkable year with CU Jazz at Cornell.

Paul R. Merrill,
Gussman Director of Jazz Ensembles


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