Welcome to the website of the Award-Winning Jacksonville State University Jazz Program! The only Jazz Program in the state of Alabama to be recognized on an inter-national level for excellence. We are also the largest Jazz Program in Alabama! JSU Jazz's 4 Jazz Ensembles, 6 Combos, Latin Ensemble, private instruction on every instrument from professional musicians, and performance opportunities provide students with a complete Jazz experience.
The 6th Annual Jazz Festival will be held March 31, 2017, and will feature trumpeter Ashlin Parker from New Orleans! The JSU Jazz Festival is the only regional jazz festival in the state of Alabama that is focused on the education of students, providing clinics on every instrument, performances by jazz faculty at JSU, and performances by JSU Jazz Students. Click here for a downloadable Festival Application!
JSU Jazz Ensemble I is a winner in the Downbeat Magazine 2014 Student Awards, "Outstanding Performance, Collegiate Jazz Ensemble." Look for us in the June 2015 Issue of Downbeat!
The new CD is here! Recorded at Bates Brothers Studios and released in December 2014, "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).
Pick up your copy of "Everything In Its Right Place" today at the Jazz Office! Room 105A in Mason Hall.
For information about ensemble and combo placement, visit Dr. Nevala's blog.