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.
2016-2017 UVA Jazz Events
|Free Bridge Quintet||Friday, 10/14/16||8pm||Old Cabell Hall||$15 / $13 UVA Faculty and Staff / $5 Student|
|Jazz Ensemble||Sunday, 10/23/16||3:30pm||Old Cabell Hall||$10 / $9 UVA Faculty and Staff / $5 Student|
|Jazz Small Groups||Sunday, 11/20/16||7pm||Old Cabell Hall||Free|
|Jazz Ensemble||Saturday, 2/25/17||8pm||Old Cabell Hall||$10 / $9 UVA Faculty and Staff / $5 Student|
|Free Bridge Quintet||Saturday, 4/8/17||8pm||Old Cabell Hall||$15 / $13 UVA Faculty and Staff / $5 Student|
|Jazz Small Groups||Sunday, 4/9/17||7pm||Old Cabell Hall||Free|
|Jazz Ensemble||Saturday, 4/29/17||8pm||Old Cabell Hall||$10 / $9 UVA Faculty and Staff / $5 Student|
|Jazz in the Amphitheater (tentative)||Wednesday, 5/3/17||noon||UVA Amphitheater|