2010-2011 News

Coming soon to your nearest Campus Center Coffee House (Schwemm's) is the 4-performance series we call "Jazz@Schwemm's". 9pm on Thursdays in March... drop by to hear local pros and our own student combos throw down their distinctive stylings.....free and open to the public.

Also coming soon....like 3/6 soon, is Prof. Jason Robinson and his Janus Ensemble to perform in Buckley Recital Hall at 8pm on 3/6. Dig on this as well!

Yikes! Busy in the upcoming week with several jazz-specific events:

  • Monday-ACJE rehearses with Ayn Inserto (see 2/24, 2/26)
  • Tuesday Columbia Professor Dr. Robert O'Meally lectures on Armstrong, Bearden and Morison at 4pm.
  • Wednesday will find ROVA Saxophone Quartet in our Converse Hall at 5pm.
  • Thursday will feature Ayn Inserto in lecture as she presents her jazz ensemble commission "Down a Rabbit Hole" at 4pm in Arms Music Center Room 7
  • Saturday will be the Robin McBride '59 Jazz Commission Concert at 8pm in Buckley. Featured Guest is Freddie Bryant, and the Jazz Ensemble will premiere "Down a Rabbit Hole" by Ayn Inserto.

Hope to see all there!!

Concert Time!

Jazz Ensemble and Combos will perform to close out the semester. Please join the Jazz Ensemble on Friday, 12/10 at 8pm for some holiday and traditional offerings. There will be 2 combo concerts:  Sunday 12/13 at 2:30pm in Room 3 and Wednesday 12/15 at 8pm in Friedmann Room. All the students are working hard to gain finesse on all the music....drop on in to dig!

Concert Time!

Join the Jazz Ensemble on Friday, November 12 at 8:30pm in Buckley Recital Hall. Trombonist Neal Melley will join the performance as guest soloist. Lots of music, some by Basie, Ellington, JJ Johnson, Billy Strayhorn through Jeff Lorber! The Jazz Combos will play in the Cage on Saturday, Nov. 13 following the Amherst vs. Williams game. Busy (as usual) in the Music Center on these fun weekends! Alums should bring their axes and EXPECT to sit in!!

Concert Time!

Join the Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, 10/30 at 4pm in Buckley Recital Hall for their Family Weekend Concert. UMASS Professor Jeffrey Holmes will join as guest soloist. Lots of music, some by Basie, Ellington, and more through Jeff Lorber! Perhaps we will have some costumes....! This concert is sandwiched between the Choral Society concert on Friday 10/29 and the Orchestra Concert on Saturday evening 10/30. Busy (as usual) in the Music Center on these fun weekends!

Welcome Back-AUDITIONS and such...

We hope you have enjoyed the summer and we want to welcome you (back) to Amherst College. If you desire to be a part of the jazz performance program (and we hope you do!), please check out the info found in the menu at the left of your current screen. You can find the audition piece, and have that all prepared for an audition with Bruce sometime between Sept. 7-10. Sign up for a slot outside his office door (216 Arms Music Center). Auditions are painless and a means for us to get to know each interested student and understand their skill set and desires for their involvement in the program.

This should be an exciting year!!

Jazz in July Concert Appearance

Please plan to join the Faculty of UMASS-based Jazz in July as they present a concert on Thursday, July 15 at 7:30pm in Buckley Recital Hall. Notable faculty performers include Geri Allen(piano), Steve Johns (drums),Sheila Jordan (vocals) and guest saxophonist Vincent Herring. More info is available at www.jazzinjuly.com

Congrats to our AC 2010 members... big shout out to the seniors who gave their talents to the jazz program during their time here at Amherst. We wish you all well.

The Jazz@Amherst website will take a break for a summer vacation and will be up and running in early August with information on Auditions for the 2010-2011 year. Action begins on Aug. 28-29 with return of Orientation Jazz Group, and we rock it from there. Have a great summer!