Amherst College Jazz Combos

The combos are small groups of musicians who are dedicated to studying the great artists of jazz and carrying on their legacy through making innovative journeys into improvisation and small group playing. This prepares the group for life after college by exposing the combo to standard charts, techniques, and theory while encouraging each to create their own sound through tune selection, arrangement and/or use of original compositions.

Like the Jazz Ensemble, jazz combos rehearse twice a week (at a minimum) and are coached by colleagues within the Music Department. Each Combo will perform a minimum of 3 times each semester, including October and March performances in the popular Jazz@Friedmann Room performance series.

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For small to large events, a jazz combo is a perfect way to add a touch of class or a spark of energy to any gathering. To inquire about booking a combo, send an email to Bruce at