Jazz Studies

Overview

The Jazz Program consists of two large jazz ensembles and two smaller jazz combos. Both the ensembles and combos expose students to classic and contemporary jazz literature and styles with an emphasis on quality performance and education. Auditions for the Jazz ensembles are open to all CSU students.

Degree Program

Jazz Studies students are highly encouraged to develop their talents in the context of a wide musical world while still learning the classic music of the jazz masters.

  • The select nature of the CSU Jazz Program gives students the opportunity for more individual attention and time with their faculty mentors.
  • Students develop skills that can be immediately applied to a range of career performance opportunities, both on and off campus.
  • Students get to learn from and perform with a wide range of regular guest artists and clinicians. Past guests include John Fedchock, John Riley, Dave Pietro, Paul McKee, Walt Weiskopf, Scott Wendholt, Rich Perry, Greg Gisbert, Zach Brock, Erik Deutsch, Art Lande, Nguyen Le, Ron Miles, Michael Weiss, and many more.
  • Repertoire for our two big bands and multiple small combos includes classic literature and modern music, and students are pushed to write and arrange their own music to share with their peers and the public in our regular concerts each semester.
  • The Jazz Studies Degree is currently available to students who play the following instruments only: trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, percussion, and double bass.

Study With

Peter Sommer

Coordinator of Jazz Studies
Coordinator of Woodwinds
Associate Professor of Saxophone
Director of Jazz Bands

Peter.Sommer@colostate.edu

(970) 491-3010

Wil Swindler

Special Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies
Associate Director of Jazz Bands

Wil.Swindler@colostate.edu

Shilo Stroman

Special Assistant Professor of Percussion, Marching Band Drumline, Jazz Studies

Shilo.Stroman@colostate.edu

(970) 491-4054

Jazz Studies Events

Jazz Studies News

April 2016 Faculty Notes

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Last fall, Assistant Professor of Music History K. Dawn Grapes had her annotated bibliography/research guide to “John Dowland” recently published online by Oxford University Press in Oxford Bibliographies. In her introduction, Dr. Grapes describes Dowland (b. 1563–d. 1623) as an internationally known English musician of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. As the most […]

Peter Sommer and Quartet present Nuevo Historias

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The Virtuoso Series at Colorado State University continues with a dynamic concert by faculty Peter Sommer and his quartet featuring Eric Gunnison, piano; Kent McLagan, bass; and Marc Dalio, drums. The concert will feature music from Sommer’s most recent release on Dazzle Recordings, Narrando Historias, as well as new compositions and improvisations with elements of […]

CSU Jazz Ensembles Swing with Saxophonist Gary Smulyan

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The Colorado State University Jazz Ensembles are joined by one of the greatest baritone saxophone musicians of our time, Gary Smulyan, for a night of bebop and swing on Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington St. Tickets are $7 […]

Guest Artists

2015-2016

Dave Devine

Dave Devine

Denver guitarist, Brian Blade Fellowship; website.

Ron Stout, trumpet

Ron Stout

Los Angeles Jazz Trumpet legend, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB; website.

Paul Romaine

Paul Romaine

Denver drummer, founder of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, instructor at University of Colorado; website.

John Fedchock

John Fedchock

NYC trombonist, leader of the John Fedchock Big Band; website.

Eric Gunnison

Eric Gunnison

Denver Pianist; website.

Kent McLagan, bass, saxophone

Kent McLagan

Denver bassist; website.

drum

Marc Dalio

Drummer and photographer; website.