Jazz Events

The University of Virginia offers a variety of great Jazz offerings from our renknowned faculty jazz group the Free Birdge Quintet to the Jazz Ensemble and the small jazz combos. 

The Free Bridge Quintet, our resident faculty ensemble features Jeff Decker on saxophones, Robert Jospé on the drums, Peter Spaar on bass, John D’earth on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Butch Taylor on piano.

The UVA Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of trumpeter John D’earth, has become one of the greatest in the University’s history. The group’s performances feature repertoire from across the spectrum of the history of Jazz.  Concerts include classic arrangements as well as a diverse arrangement of jazz pieces from both modern and classic composers and original compositions from within the band.

The Jazz Small Groups are taught by distinguished jazz performance faculty members Peter Spaar, Jeff Decker and Mike Rosensky. The combos range in size from quartets to octets and vary in skill-level from intermediate to advanced. Repertoire is chosen from a diverse range of jazz styles by such greats as Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, among many others, as well as original compositions by both faculty and students.

2018-2019 UVA Jazz Events

ConcertDay/ DateTimePlaceTickets
Free Bridge QuintetSaturday, 10/20/188pmOld Cabell Hall$15 / $13 UVA Faculty and Staff / $5 Student
Jazz Small GroupsSunday, 11/18/187pmOld Cabell HallFree
Jazz Ensemble Holiday ConcertSaturday, 12/8/188pmOld Cabell Hall$10 / $9 UVA Faculty and Staff / $5 Student
Jazz EnsembleSaturday, 2/23/198pmOld Cabell Hall$10 / $9 UVA Faculty and Staff / $5 Student
Free Bridge Quintet A Centennial Tribute to Nat King ColeSaturday, 3/30/198pmOld Cabell Hall$15 / $13 UVA Faculty and Staff / $5 Student
Jazz Small GroupsSunday, 4/7/197pmOld Cabell HallFree
Jazz Ensemble- Jazz 4 JusticeSaturday, 4/13/198pmOld Cabell Hall$10 / $9 UVA Faculty and Staff / $5 Student
Jazz in the Amphitheater (tentative)Wednesday, 5/1/19NoonUVA AmphitheaterFree


The UVA Jazz Program is proud to be affiliated with the Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU 91.1 check them out for more great Jazz.

To contract these groups to see if they can perform for your event, please contact
Peter Spaar for the Free Bridge Quintet
John D'earth for the UVA Jazz Ensemble
Mike Rosensky for the Jazz Small Groups. 


McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu