Jazz Season

Welcome to the Jazz Season page.

Our four jazz ensembles perform twice each semester. SSU Jazz ensembles include:

  • SSU Jazz Orchestra – the flagship 18-piece ensemble performing Big Band standards and modern jazz ensemble repertoire
  • Concert Jazz Combos – two ensembles each semester rotating on a particular jazz sub-genre or era
  • Latin Band – devoted to the styles, rhythms, and concepts found in music from the Caribbean, Brazil, and Haiti 


Jazz Forums are now on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

The Elements of Music

Feb 10 - George Marsh - "Rhythm"

Feb 17 - Randy Vincent - "Harmony"

Feb 24 - Kasey Knudsen - "Melody"

March 3 - John Stowell

March 10 - Andrew Stephens "Tone/Timbre"

Wednesday, April 7 - 1:00-2:45 PM - SSU Latin Band - Guest Clinician: Mara Fox, trombone

Wednesday, April 21 - 1:00-2:45 PM  -  SSU 50's Jazz Ensemble - Guest Clinician: Andrew Speight, saxophone

Wednesday, April 28 - 1:00-2:45 - Phillip Strange, piano

Topic: Jazz Forum

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The SSU Jazz Studies program gratefully acknowledges the support of Zildjian Cymbals and Markbass.

Friday, December 4, 2020

SSU Jazz Orchestra performing on Weill Hall Stage

SSU Jazz Ensembles Concert


The students in our four SSU Jazz Ensembles have been working hard to record themselves in a virtual environment all semester, and they would love to share their work with you. Please join us for a listening session and discussion of the recordings that they have made.

SSU Early Jazz Ensemble - Andrew Stephens, Director

SSU Latin Band - Kendrick Freeman, Director

SSU Jazz Composers Ensemble - Kasey Knudsan, Director

SSU Jazz Orchestra - Doug Leibinger, DirectorView Event Details

Thursday, May 13, 2021

jazz band playing on Schroeder stage

SSU 50's Jazz Ensemble & Latin Band

Join us for an end-of-the-year virtual jazz concert featuring bebop, cool jazz, and hard bop from the SSU 50’s Jazz Ensemble directed by Andrew Stephens; and sounds from the Caribbean and Latin America from the SSU Latin Band directed by Kendrick Freeman.

Watch the concert on Zoom starting at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 13 View Event Details