Jazz

MUS 106/406J:  AM Jazz Band

This ensemble is designed for intermediate players, students learning a "double,” and students new to the jazz idiom.  Emphasis is on style, literature, and improvisation.  (NO audition required.)

MUS 107/407J:  Jazz Combos

Various combos perform jazz compositions with emphasis on improvisation.

The Humboldt State University Jazz Combos are groups of three to seven musicians. Three or more groups are formed each semester by audition. HSU professor Dan Aldag coaches the combos, but they are largely autonomous, with each group deciding what style(s) of jazz they wish to perform, selecting (and often times composing) their own repertoire and often rehearsing themselves. As a result, the combos each have their own character and personality. In recent years, groups have played in styles ranging from traditional New Orleans and Gypsy jazz to post-bop and funk.

Rehearsal times
Students placed in a combo will rehearse one of the hours listed in the schedule of classes plus one more hour TBA. If you are auditioning for Jazz Combos, please try to leave all listed hours free. The more of these hours you have free, the easier it is to be placed in a combo.

Auditions
Auditions for the Jazz Combos take place every semester on the first Thursday evening of the semester. Information and music to be prepared for the auditions is posted the week before. Students auditioning are asked to perform three tunes as part of a group.

MUS 106/406K:  Jazz Orchestra

Music composed or arranged for large Jazz Ensemble, this group explores the best literature available with emphasis on stylistic interpretation, improvisation and ensemble playing.

The award-winning Jazz Orchestra from Humboldt State University is as comfortable playing the best of contemporary big band jazz from composers and arrangers like Maria Schneider, Charles Mingus, Jim McNeely and Toshiko Akiyoshi as they are playing the classic Swing Era music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller.

The Jazz Orchestra has regularly received superior ratings at collegiate jazz festivals, most recently at the 2000 Reno International Jazz Festival. In the spring of 1997, the P.M. Band celebrated its twentieth anniversary in style, being named the Outstanding 4-Year Student Big Band at the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, held at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Jazz Orchestra has played with or opened for such noted jazz artists as Ingrid Jensen, Louie Bellson, Richie Cole, Herbie Mann, Shorty Rogers and Bud Shank, the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band, Poncho Sanchez and Mongo Santamaria, and Marcus Roberts.

The Jazz Orchestra is led by HSU music professor Dan Aldag.