Jazz Studies Program


Welcome to the website of the Award-Winning Jacksonville State University Jazz Program! A premiere jazz program in the state, and one recognized for its successes both nationally and internationally. Our program, the largest in Alabama, has 4 large Jazz Ensembles and 7 Combos. The program also boasts a Latin Ensemble and a Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Private jazz instruction is offered on every instrument from esteemed faculty and a wealth of performance opportunities are  provided to students studying jazz.

The 7th Annual Jazz Festival will be held April 6th, 2018. This festival will feature the Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of Atlanta's top musicians and educators. Marc Dickman, of the University of North Florida, will also be featured with JSU Jazz Ensemble I. The JSU Jazz Festival is the only regional jazz festival in the state of Alabama that's primary focused is education. Clinics will be provided everyday, in addition to performances by the JSU jazz faculty and jazz ensembles. 


Click here for a downloadable Festival Application!

JSU Jazz Ensemble I was a recipient of a Downbeat Magazine 2015 Student Award for "Outstanding Performance, Collegiate Jazz Ensemble." Look for us in the June 2015 Issue of Downbeat!

Our new CD will be out this Fall! The "Black Album", recorded at Bates Brothers Studios and released in December 2014, features JSU Jazz Ensemble 1 playing songs from the Radiohead Jazz Project in addition to the music of Jim McNeely. The recording 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 and enrollment opportunities, contact Dr. Nevala!

[email protected] 

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