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Jazz Studies Program


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The new CD is here! Recorded December 2013 at Bates Brothers Studios, "Everything In Its Right Place" features JSU Jazz Ensemble 1 playing songs from the Radiohead Jazz Project in addition to charts by Jim McNeely. The new CD also features the JSU Jazz Faculty performing originals by Chris Enghauser (Bass), Dr. Dave Lambert (Trombone), and an arrangement by Dr. Andy Nevala (Piano, Director of Jazz Studies).

JSU Jazz will begin recording their next album in April 2015.

Pick up your copy of "Everything In Its Right Place" today at the Jazz Office! Room 105A in Mason Hall.

2015-2016 Jazz Auditon Dates

Anyone who is interested in auditioning for the JSU Jazz Studies program may register on the webpage for the Marching Southerners (http://www.marchingsoutherners.org/apps/scholarshipApp.php). The audition dates are February 20th and February 27th. When you are filling out your Marching Southerners application, designate which date you would like to audition for JSU Jazz at the bottom of your form.

Those who plan on auditoning will sit in on a JSU Jazz Ensemble 1 Rehearsal, followed by a private audition. For the private audition, be prepared to play anything that you are already working on, whether it is a transcription, jazz etude, or music from your high school jazz band, just to show us what you can do. You will also have to sightread a piece.

Good luck, and we hope to see you at the auditions!


It is the goal of the JSU Jazz Studies Program to provide students with a demanding yet enjoyable environment for the learning of improvisation, theory, jazz styles, and ensemble performance concepts.

The Jazz Program offers all JSU students, music majors, non-music majors and students enrolled through the office of Continuing Education the opportunity to perform in jazz ensembles of recognized excellence. Because of the improvisatory element basic to jazz, participation in JSU Jazz Ensembles offer an important and unique opportunity for all students to develop their creative process.

The Jazz Ensembles at Jacksonville State University are active in performing a wide variety of styles, and combo students are encouraged to perform their own compositions and arrangements.  Both large and small group ensembles perform regular concerts on campus and at top local, regional and international jazz festivals, including the Mobile Jazz Festival, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Festival, and the JSU Jazz Festival. Ensembles frequently perform with guest artists from around the country in both concerts and masterclasses. Placement auditions for all JSU Jazz groups are held the first day of classes each semester; placement in JSU Jazz ensembles is by audition only.

Dr. Andy Nevala

Director of Jazz Studies



The 4th Annual Jazz Festival will be held March 6th, 2015!! Please contact us ASAP for information on attending.


 The 1st Annual JSU Jazz Festival, held April 20th, 2012 was a huge success! Stay tuned for updates!

 The 2nd Annual Jazz Festival was held April 5, 2013, and was another huge success. The Festival doubled in size in a year!

The 3rd Annual JSU Jazz Festival was held March 14th, and it was an amazing day of music, clinics, education, and fun!

The Jeff Hamilton Trio was our featured group and they did not disappoint!










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