The KSU Jazz program includes two big band jazz ensembles, several student jazz combos, and the jazz guitar ensemble. Jazz Ensembles I and II perform a variety of styles and music by a wide range of composers. Recent performances have included programs of Brazilian and Latin jazz, swing concerts, tunes from the musical theatre, jazz rock, and retrospectives of composers such as Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Count Basie, and others. Membership in KSU jazz ensembles and combos develop general jazz performance and improvisational skills giving students the flexibility to meet the varying demands of today's musical world. These goals are pursued through rehearsals, workshops, and performances.
Our jazz students and faculty are active in the Metro Atlanta and the southeast region jazz scene and mix university experience with real-world performing opportunities and training.
KSU Jazz Ensembles and Combos have performed at the Jazz Education Network conference, the Georgia Music Educator’s Association in-service conference, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards, the International Festival of University Theatre of Casablanca, as well as performances in Montepulciano, Italy.