Welcome to Jazz@Amherst!

An idea pressed into action in the early 2000s and still appropriate today. We are the students and teachers who work together to create, share, and explore all aspects of this great musical genre. We enjoy the challenges of performance in the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos as well as the chance to study jazz in private lessons as well as in the classrooms and as independent study opportunities. We enjoy each other socially and rely on each other to support our creative efforts. Check us out!


Spring 2024!

Lots of action taking place in our Jazz bubble. Jazz@Friedmann Room will begin its run of three performances on March 7, followed by March 14 and then March 28. 9pm+ on those three dates. Then a Coltrane lecture by Cuthbart Simpsons '69 on April 2. A Senior thesis performance by jazz pianist/composer Mathew Mueller '24 on April 5. A Jazz Combo Masterclass joined by stellar NYC-based musicians Carmen Staaf, Allison Miller, Mimi Jones, and Natalie Cressman on Sunday April 7. Jazz Ensemble Yosemite will present a Swing Dance on April 20 in the Powerhouse. End-of-semester combo concerts presented by all 8 of our Amherst student combos on April 29 and May 1. Lots of jazz "action" to accomplish before classes end. Let's do this!

Please be in touch with Bruce (bpdiehl@amherst.edu) for additional information.


Still have questions? Check out our Jazz@Amherst FAQ!

Also, learn more about submiting supplementary arts materials for review by Amherst faculty.

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Jazz@Amherst in Pictures

Jazz@Amherst holds several events each semester. Our photo galleries are filled with the vibrancy of our musical efforts and the vibe of the students that perform each semester.

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Jazz@Amherst in Videos

We record a number of our performances over the year. Check back often for newest clips of our performances and watch all of our videos in our video archive.

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Jazz Studies & Private Lessons

The Amherst College Music Department provides many different outlets to explore jazz in an academic setting. Each semester, the Music Department offers at least one jazz theory course as well as other less theoretical jazz and pop courses.

The Music Department also allows for students to collaborate with jazz professors and create their own “special topics” course. These courses usually contain no more than three students and have dealt with a slew of jazz topics within the last few years.

Learn more about jazz studies & our professors »

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Prospective Student-Musicians

Each fall and spring, students interested in our Performance Program are invited to audition with Bruce Diehl. This painless process will allow us to chat, determine what your jazz goals are for the semester/year, and place you in the best performance environment.

To answer a frequently asked question — yes, it is possible (and encouraged!) to perform in the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and a Jazz Combo at the same time.

Learn more and sign up to audition »

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Music Events at Amherst College

See the music calendar and join the Amherst College Concert Office email list to get the latest news. Or catch some jazz at Schwemm’s coffee house on campus. See performances and find opportunities to participate.

Learn About (and Perform with) Us!

January 19, 2022

Hear “Embi Ba” by the Jazz Ensemble, as well as other pieces, in our introduction to jazz performance possibilities at Amherst College.

Learn more about our faculty!