Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Studies Students

Jazz Orchestra


Directed by Dr. Aaron Lington, the San José State University Jazz Orchestra provides students with an opportunity to perform traditional and contemporary repertoire from an array of composers spanning over 50 years of Jazz history. Students are selected for this ensemble by audition only.

Music Majors concentrating in jazz must participate in Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble or Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble as a major ensemble. Contact Dr. Lington for more audition information.

Jazz Ensemble


Directed by Jeff Lewis, the San José State University Jazz Ensemble provides students with an opportunity to perform traditional and contemporary repertoire from an array of composers spanning over 50 years of Jazz history. Students are selected for this ensemble by audition only.

Music Majors concentrating in jazz must participate in Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble or Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble as a major ensemble. Contact Dr. Lington for more audition information.


Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble


The Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble offers students an opportunity to learn and perform music from the Caribbean, Central and South America, and the African Diaspora under the direction of Professor Jeff Lewis. The Ensemble performs two full concerts per semester. Students are selected for this ensemble by audition only.

Music Majors concentrating in jazz must participate in either Jazz Orchestra or Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble as a major ensemble. Contact Professor Wallace for more audition information.


Jazz Combos


The University Jazz Combos perform a wide variety of jazz repertoire with emphasis on improvisation in a small group format. Under the direction of professors John Shifflett and Frank Sumares, students have ample performance opportunities to perform throughout the semester both on and off campus.

Contact the directors for more information about auditions. Search faculty by area.