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 and open to the public.
Also coming 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!!



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  

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!



2009-2010 News

Jazz @ Amherst is proud to announce Earl MacDonald of the University of Connecticut as the 2010 Robin McBride Commissioned Composer.  The ACJE will present the world-premiere of his piece, "Smoke and Mirrors", on May 3, 2010 in Buckley Recital Hall.  Please also check out the recording of last year's McBride Commission, "Into the Light" by L. Frank Newton, on the audio samples page.


Tremendous thank-yous go out to all who helped make this past weekend's 5 College Jazz Festival a great success.  We heard great sets from over 20 performance groups from Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, Hampshire, and UMass Jazz programs over two days.  Professional recordings are currently in production, and will be available shortly.  If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please contact Bruce Diehl (x8308;

Schwemm's Coffee House (in Keefe Campus Center) will once again host jazz performances on Tuesdays throughout March.  Each week will feature an AC Jazz Combo as well as a guest group.  March 23 will feature the Jazz Fusion Duo (featuring adjunct guitar instructor Joe Belmont) joined by the student combo Travel by Wire.  All performances are at 9pm and continue through the 10:30 hour.  Live music is best, and with good food and company, this scene can't be topped!  Read about it in the Amherst Student:


Two Days, 5 Colleges, Endless Jazz!
Amherst College and 5 Colleges, Inc. are proud to present the 2010 5 College Jazz Festival!  The Festival will once again be hosted in the Friedman Room in Keefe Campus Center, smack dab in the center of the Amherst campus.  For the first time ever, it will be a two-day affair, occurring on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27 (immediately following spring break).  Friday's program begins at 7 and will conclude with a jam session at 10, and Saturday's program begins at 1 and will wrap up at 4.  Admission is FREE, and you are welcome to come and go as you please throughout the weekend.  Visiting artists should click here for more information regarding the event.


Sam Friend Thesis Performance!

Thanks to ALL who participated in Sam Friend '10's Composition Thesis performance, "The One of Us".  Buckley was packed and filled with energy, and the ACJE, the Bluesox, and Route 9 did a fantastic job with the music.  Recordings of the show will be posted shortly.  Congratulations to Sam for creating such a great show...we look forward to encore performances at the Five College Jazz Festival and the End-of-Semester concert.


We're back in the saddle again!  Rehearsals started on Monday, 1/25, and we took a brief break to enjoy the work of the students on stage for the Sweeney Todd production.  Congrats to all who are making such a successful effort in that production!  Looking forward to a great semester of music!
We look forward to upcoming concerts in December-it's a busy musical month for all our performance areas.  On the calendar for Jazz performances, we find the following:  Dec. 11-ACJE in Buckley at 8pm; Dec. 13-Combo Concert in Room 3 at 2:30pm; Dec. 14-Combo Concert in Friedmann Room at 7pm; Dec. 15-Combo Concert in Friedmann Room at 7:30pm.  All concerts are free and the public is welcome!
Faultlines to feature Tyshawn Sorey Thursday, Nov. 19, 2pm in Room 7 of Arms Music Center.  Free Performance Workshop.

Join us in Buckley this Family Weekend!  The Jazz Ensemble will perform with special guest and Jazz @ Amherst professor Jason Robinson (saxophone).  This event is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6 at 8:30pm.


Thanks to all the students, faculty, alumni, and friends who helped support our program this past weekend!  All 6 AC Jazz Combos performed in the Coolidge Cage following a thrilling Amherst Football victory, and the ACJE performed later in the evening in Buckley Recital Hall.  The ACJE was joined on stage by guest musicians Darryl Harper '90 (clarinet) and Earl MacDonald (piano), who performed two original numbers as well.


Darryl Harper

Join Gary Smulyan and his quartet plus student combo "Travel by Wire" on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Schwemm's Coffee House for the first of 4 consecutive Tuesday evening performances.  It's a free concert starting at 9pm and featuring a professional group paired with a student combo.  The next evenings look like this:  10/13 Eclectic Jazz Quartet and "Group of Four"; Oct. 20 Doug Abrams Trio plus two combos; and 10/27 Flava'Evolution and student combo "Vincent van Groove".
Join the Amherst Combos in performance at the after-game festivities on Saturday Oct. 24.  Alums are invited to bring their instruments to sit in!  The Jazz Ensemble will perform at 9:30pm that evening in Buckley with special guest Darryl Harper '91, Clarinet.
For Family Weekend, the Jazz Ensemble will perform in Buckley with special guest Jason Robinson, Saxophone.  This event is scheduled on Friday, Nov. 6 at 8:30pm.



Ned Rothenberg (reeds) and Evan Parker (drums) come to Arms Music Building's Room 7 at 2 pm this Thursday for a unique workshop as part of the Faultlines series.  The duo will also play a concert at the UMass Fine Arts Center at 8 pm.  Then on Saturday, join us at the Mead Art Museum (behind James and Stearns dormitories) for a solo concert by Peter Evans (trumpet).  The concert starts at 8 pm and all are welcome.
Thanks to everyone who took time out of watching the Pats home opener to attend our start-up meeting this past Monday.  The ACJE will rehearse from here on out at its regular time slot, while Combos will see their first rehearsals begin within the next week or so.  Rosters and rehearsal times for both the JE and the six AC Combos will be posted shortly.  Congratulations and welcome to Jazz@Amherst!




Come down to Arms Music Center's room 7 this Sunday at 9:30 pm for some casual jazz jamming and free food!  All musicians of all skill levels are welcome to come and participate or spectate, and no jazz background is required.  Come to meet the members of the Jazz @mherst community and to learn of the exciting things happening in jazz this semester.  We can't wait to see you there!

9/6-9/10/09: AUDITIONS!

Please head down to Arms sometime in the next few days to sign up for a ten-minute audition time slot for the Big Band and Combos.  Remember that auditions are meant for ALL students, including returning Jazz @mherst musicians.  The 2009 auditions chart can be found under the link "Audition Materials 2009-2010" on your sidebar.  Sign up outside of Bruce Diehl's office (216).  Best of luck and happy practicing!

2008-09 News

End of Semester Scene

Join us as we present three separate performances to celebrate the end of the semester.  On Sunday, May 3,student jazz combos Orthonormal Basist and T. Milk will perform at 2pm in the Friedmann Room at the Campus Center.  The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will give the world premiere of "Into the Light" by L. Frank Newton as part of their Buckley Recital Hall performance on Monday, May 4 at 8pm.  On Wednesday, May 6, student combos Black Coffee, HQLA and Reservoir Cats will perform at 7:30pm in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center.  All students have been working really hard to be ready, and wish to play for large audiences.  All concerts are free and open to the public.


Jazz@Schwemm's Final Performance

The fourth and final performance in the Jazz@Schwemm's series will take place on Tuesday, April 21 at 9pm in the Backroom of Schwemm's Coffee House.  It will feature the Open Sky Trio (Jason Robinson-woodwinds, Eugene Uman-piano, and Bob Weiner-drums) plus two student combos, HQLA and the Reservoir Cats.  This free performance is open to the public.  Please drop in and support live music!


Faultlines presents Raw Materials

On Friday, April 17 at 8pm in Buckley Recital Hall, Raw Materials in concert.  Pianist Vijay  Iyer and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa  perform original material.  They will also present a performance workshop at 3:30pm in Room 7 of Arms Music Center on the same day.  Please contact Series Curator Prof. Jason Robinson for more info:  (413) 542-8208.

Jazz@Schwemm's Spring Semester Line-up

Join us for four consecutive Tuesday evenings to hear our own students plus local professionals perform their music in our performance series.  Each performance starts at 9pm and will feature a professional group and a student group.  The line-up looks like this:
March 31:  Yusuf Salim Memorial Project and student combo Telepathic Milk
April 7:      Flava' Evolution and student combo Black Coffee
April 14:    Miro Sprague Duo and student combo Orthonormal Basist
April 21:    Open Sky Trio and student combos Reservoir Cats/HQLA
Performances are free, please support live jazz and good food!

Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century

A yearlong festival encompassing a variety of concerts, workshops, lectures, and panel discussions. The artists embody some of the most creative, exciting, and provocative directions in contemporary improvised music. Highlights of the Spring 2009 schedule include a concert and workshop by Raw Materials, the award winning duo of pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, a concert and workshop by the critically acclaimed Cosmologic, a workshop featuring legendary saxophonist Kidd Jordan, a roundtable discussion celebrating the life and music of violinist Leroy Jenkins, an internet-based "telematics" concert featuring performers in multiple locations accross the United States, and more.  Click here for festival website.


Dave Pietro to Perform at Amherst!

Alto Saxophonist Dave Pietro will headline a group playing at Amherst College on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 8pm.  Amherst College Jazz Combos will play with Dave to open the concert, and Dave will play the rest of the concert with his own group.  This is a benefit concert for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

End-of-Semester Concerts!


It's a busy time around the Music Department.  There are two combo concerts and do know that there are performances daily from now through the very end of the finals period featuring all our musicians from all the genres.  Our Jazz Combos will perform on two separate nights-Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30pm (Reservoir Cats and Dots Product) and then on Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30pm (Black Coffee and Telepathic Milk).  Both performances are in the Friedmann Room of the Campus Center and are free.

Jazz Ensemble:

The Jazz Ensemble will present their end-of-semester concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8pm in Buckley Recital Hall.  Joining them will be musical guests "The Maine Saxophone Project" directed by local saxophonist Bill Street.  This will be an exciting evening filled with adventurous music.  Please do come out and support all the live music possible-it's a great way to get a study break!  You can visit the MySpace page of our guests by clicking on:



Ann Maggs will highlight the final Tuesday evening, Nov. 18 Jazz@Schwemm's performance.  With Ann will be Freddie Bryant '87 (guitar) and pianist/scholar Andy Jaffe (plus Andy's son Marty, bass).  Join us for this exciting event where the music is indeed "best consumed live". 


Visiting Professor Jason Robinson has put together an exciting series of performances, clinics and discussions that will detail the current state of the music we call jazz and/or Improvised Music.   For more information and to view the entire Faultlines offerings, please click here.



The Fall Line-up for the annual series Jazz@Schwemm's has been posted.  Four consecutive Tuesday evenings will feature live jazz starting at 9pm.  Oct. 28 will feature EJQ (Eclectic Jazz Quartet) and AC Combo the Reservoir Cats.  Nov. 4 will feature the Daniel McGeeney '08 Group and AC Combo Black Coffee.  Nov. 11 will feature our Visiting Professor Jason Robinson and his group along with AC Combo AC. 

Jazz Ensemble Concert

Join the AC Jazz Ensemble for their Homecoming Weekend Concert on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30pm in Buckley Recital Hall.  A special appearance by Alum Jazz Combo Blue Nomads will add to the music of Bill Holman, Miles Davis, Count Basie and Matt Harris presented by the Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz Combos to Perform

Immediately following the Amherst vs Williams Football Game, Amherst College Jazz Combos will play for the festivities in the Cage.  All four combos will share the time, and we encourage all alums to bring their instruments/voices  and sit in with us.


Welcome and Welcome Back! 


Jazz Ensemble Concert!

Join the AC Jazz Ensemble for their Family Weekend Concert on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8:30pm in Buckley Recital Hall.  Guest Artist Frank Newton will join the ensemble in music of Bill Holman, Matt Harris, Hoagy Carmichael, Count Basie and more.  Free for AC and Five College students.

Auditions for Jazz Ensemble and Combos


Any student interested in Jazz Ensemble and/or Combo participation will need to audition-a relatively fast and certainly painless experience!  Information will be posted outside of Office 216 with a sign-up sheet and available times to schedule your audition.  A piece will be posted that we will want you to prepare.  The piece is also posted at the link to the left, or you can click here.  Vocalists interested in either a combo or the jazz ensemble should prepare a standard to use as their audition piece.  Ability to sing part or all of the audition piece is a plus.  We look forward to hearing you-at any level of prior experience that you have-upon your return and arrival to campus.  Be in touch with Bruce Diehl with any questions.  (, 413-542-8308).

Jazz Jam session-Sunday, Aug. 31

Join returning and new students alike in our first jazz jam session of the year.  We will feature our fine jazz piano teacher, Eugene Uman, as our special guest.  All items of need (amps, microphones, music, etc.) is provided, and we will also have good food. 

We'll kick it at 9:30pm in room 7 of the Arms Music Center.  Bring your friends and your axes!


2007-08 News

Pics Posted!

The many events of our Spring semester have representative pics in the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo sections of our website.  Please follow the respective links  to enjoy glimpses into the multitude of wonderful work and music created by all our students.


Jazz at Schwemm's

Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 25, the popular performance series that features student groups as well as professional groups returns to the Backroom at Schwemm's. There will be five concerts that will be highlighted by the Eclectic Jazz Quartet (featuring Prof. Poccia), and the Prof. Tiersky Quartet. All performances are free and open to the public.
End-of-Semester Plan:
Please mark your calendars to reflect the following jazz concert schedule:
Friday, Dec. 7-ACJE in Buckley at 8pm
Sunday, Dec. 9-Combos Offbeat Generation and Blue Nomads in Friedmann Room, 4pm
Monday, Dec. 10-Combos Black Coffee and Sea Biscuits in Friedmann Room, 7:30pm
Wednesday, Dec. 12-Combos Jazzdrive and Harry Potter.... in Friedmann Room, 7:30pm.

All concerts are free and open to the public. 

Homecoming Concerts

Members of the Jazz Ensemble and the 6 Jazz Combos will be busy during the upcoming Homecoming Weekend. On Friday, Oct. 19, the Jazz Ensemble will perform at 8pm in Buckley recital Hall. There will be a jam session following the performance at 10:00pm in room 7. The Combos will perform on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the gala following the football game in the Cage. We hope to see you there!

Welcome Back!

We hope you return to campus well-rested. Welcome to our new students-we value the energy that you will infuse into our music department! Please plan to attend our opening music events: Orientation 2007 Concert (on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 7:30pm in Buckley Recital Hall), the Ice Cream Social (on Tuesday, Aug. 28 around 9:00pm in the Alumni Gymnasium), Music Department Meeting (on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 5:00pm), and the Jazz Jam Session (also on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 9:30pm in Room 7).


First Rehearsals!

We will begin our work on Monday, Sept. 10. The Jazz Ensemble will rehearse from 7-8:30, and the combos will meet/greet from 8:30-10:00. All action happens in room 7. We're looking forward to a great year!

Auditions !!

Jazz Ensemble and Combo auditions will take place from Wed., Sept. 5 through Friday Sept. 7. Please sign up for a time on the sheets located outside of room 216. Please prepare the short piece that can be found in the same place. Imrovising is valued but not required. Voclaists may prepare this same piece, or choose a standard jazz tune to sing as part of the audition. Please be in touch with Bruce Diehl with any questions. We welcome any and all musicians to be a part of the jazz program.

2006-07 News

Jam Session

Note our upcoming jam session on Sunday, April 22 at 9:30pm. This is an annual session to welcome the new accepted students. We typically meet several incoming students who will invigorate our program. The session is open, naturally, to our existing students as all are welcome! Exquisite food will be available. Join us!

More Jazz!!

With the end of the semester rapidly approaching, we look to the calendar to keep track of the various jazz performances coming up. We hope you can attend any and all of these! Here is a breakdown:

April 19 Jazz @ Schwemm's Featuring Black Coffee and Birthtones (9:30pm)

April 20 Black Coffee performs at Big Y (5:15pm)

April 21 ACJE performs at Williams College Jazz Festival (10:00am)

April 22 Jam Session to welcome accepted students (9:30pm)

April 27 Birthtones Combo to perform at Amherst Senior Center (2:00pm)

May 4 Clinic/Lecture with Santiago Cerda in Buckley (2:00pm)

May 6 Combo concert featuring Supreme Court and Birthtones (3:30pm)

May 6 ACJE Open Dress Rehearsal in Buckley (8:00pm)

May 7 ACJE Concert featuring new composition by Santiago Cerda, in Buckley (8:00pm)

May 9 Combo Concert featuring Black Coffee, the Pentagons, and Music 36 (7:30pm)

May 11 Combo Concert featuring Unshaded and the Nomads (7:30pm)

Upcoming Thesis Concerts!

The month of April will usher in two more jazz-based thesis concerts. Roberto Rodriguez will present his Thesis Recital on Saturday, April 7 at 8:00pm. This will feature the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and Unshaded. Alex Rodriguez (no relation) will present his Thesis Recital on Saturday, April 14 at 3:00pm. He will feature music performed by the Jazz Ensemble with special guest, Jeff Holmes on Trumpet, as well as small group numbers backed by the Blue Nomads and the Funk Department. A special nod should go to Jazz Ensemble vocalist Amrita Vijayaraghavan who will present her Senior Thesis concert on Sunday, April 8. Stay tuned for more details on all of these concerts!

Coltrane Lecture

Dr. Lewis Porter will present a free lecture on the life and music of John Coltrane. This will take place in room 212 of our Music Building at 3:30pm on Thursday, March 15. Dr. Porter has written a biography on Coltrane (1998) and plays jazz piano. He is the founder of the Master's Program in jazz studies at Rutgers University.


Jazz returns to Schwemm's Coffee House for a four performance series, the third of which takes place on 3/15 at 9:30pm. Featured will be two student combos, Unshaded and Supreme Court. Please do check them out and support live music.

Pics Available!

You can find a few pics from our several of our Fall Jazz concerts by clicking here. Enjoy! You may need to scroll down qquite a way to find the actual pics.


Jazz returns to Schwemm's Coffee House for a four performance series, the second of which takes place on 3/8 at 9:30pm. Featured will be EJQ-featuring our own Prof. Poccia on reeds and guest artist Rob Faulkner on trumpet. These concerts are free and open to the public. Please do check out EJQ and support live music.

Thesis Performance!

Join us on Friday, March 2 at 8:00pm in Buckley Recital Hall for Pat Savage's Thesis Composition Recital. Pat wrote a four-movement piece depicting the daily life and agendas of Calvin and Hobbs. Pat worked hard to bring together several performing forces from within the department, including the Jazz Ensemble, the Funk Department, and two acapella groups. It's a free concert and bound to be a blast!

Wes Montgomery Tribute Concert

Amherst Adjunct Faculty Guitar teacher Joe Belmont will present the music of Wes Montgomery in concert on Sunday, February 11. This will be the kick-off jazz event of our semester. Featured with Joe will be other Amherst Adjuncts Claire Arenius (drums) and Paul Arslanian (piano). Bassist Dave Shapiro and saxophonist Bruce Diehl will round out the group. The concert is free and open to the public and takes place in Buckley Recital Hall at 7:00pm.

Guitar Summit

February 17 will launch one of the most exciting concerts of our musical year. We will host a concert at 8:00pm in Buckley Recital Hall featuring 6 guitarists from the Pioneer Valley. These include Mark Applegate, Joe Belmont (our inhouse guitar teacher), Freddie Bryant '87, Bob Ferrier, Joe LaCreta, and Adam Larrabee (a resident of Boston, but a frequent musical guest at AC). Genevieve Rose (our resident bass teacher) and Scott Drewes (drums in Air Force Band) will be the accompanists. Each of our guitar guests will perform with one of our 6 jazz combos, and then perform solos/duos/trios, and they'll even have one number with all 6 having a good old-fashioned battle! The event is a benefit for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Admission is charged, but free for students making a canned food donation. Adults pay $5, or $3 with a canned food donation. Please be in touch with Bruce Diehl with any questions: (413) 542-8308.


Happy 2007 !

We take this chance to wish all a happy 2007! We have a busy Spring semester planned, including a Wes Montgomery Tribute Concert, a Guitar Summit, three thesis concerts as well as our usual array of jazz performances. Jazz @ Schwemm's will also present many Thursday evening concerts. Many of our students will perform as part of the annual January-term musical, City of Angels. Please check our listings of performances to stay on top of our offerings. Should be a great semester!

End of Semester!

Congrats to our students for a successful concert run. We served up six jazz concerts plus a live on-air WAMH Funk display in the span of 10 days! Congrats to the students for their music, their mutual support, and their collective energy to pull off this demanding schedule! We wish you all a great run through finals, and safe/happy holiday experiences!

End of Semester Concerts!

The Jazz Ensemble begins the intense 10-day series of jazz concerts marking the end of a successful semester. Join the Jazz Ensemble in Buckley on Friday, December 1 at 8:00pm for great music of Count Basie, Santiago Cerda, Woody Herman and others. There are four combo concerts, all in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center, featuring on Dec. 4 (Pentagons/The Bagelry), Dec. 6 (Black Coffee/The Supreme Court), Dec. 8 (Unshaded), and Dec. 10 (The Blue Nomads) Concerts on Dec. 4, 6, and 8 will begin at 7:30. The concert on Dec. 10 will have a time TBA. Combined with our two final Jazz@Schwemm's concerts (see below), our nights will be full of some great music! Enjoy!

Jazz@Schwemm's-Remaining Concerts

Jazz returns to the Backroom at Schwemm's Coffee House on Thursdays (from 9:30-11:00pm) this semester. Tonight, AC student combo "The Supreme Court" will perform. Performers in this group include David Ullman, YP Zheng, Harry Milloff, Ian David, Channing Jones, and Sam Schiavone. On Nov. 30, EJQ will return for their final performance of the semester. Thanks to them for all their great music. THey will feature special gusest Ann Maggs, our jazz voice teacher at AC. On Dec. 7, Bruce Diehl will form a quintet to play some tunes he's always wanted to perform as well as some holiday-inspired jazz. Please make every effort to attend this event and support live jazz on campus!

Wes Montgomery Tribute Concert

Amherst jazz guitar adjunct faculty member Joe Belmont will perform a Wes Montgomery Tribute Concert at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7pm. Joining Joe will be Amherst jazz piano and jazz drum adjunct faculty, Paul Arslanian and Claire Arenius, as well as Director of Jazz Studies, Bruce Diehl. Bassist Dave Shapiro rounds out the group. For more information, please see Joe's website


Website Passes 100,000!!

Sometime in the past month, our website had its 100,000th hit. The website was designed in 2001 by Adam Mullinax '02, and has averaged 20,000 hits each year. We're proud to have made this milestone, and hope that all of the hits provided the pertinent information being sought. Keep on visiting us for up-to-the-minute information on our scene.

Jazz 'Round Midnight

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will perform several jazz gems in their first ever concert taking place "Round Midnight". Literally starting at 11:30pm, this concert will follow a concert by the Orchestra (8:30pm) and is free. Amherst Jazz musicians will be involved in several other events throughout the Homecoming weekend, including a Jazz Jam Session at 10:00pm on Saturday, Nov. 11, and all 6 combos as well as the Jazz Ensemble will perform as part of Saturday's post-game reception in the Alumni Cage. Please join us!

Chile Excursion

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble recently returned from a 4 performance concert tour of the central region of Chile. The hospitality was amazing and the audiences were appreciative as the group performed in Casablanca, Valparaiso, Limache, and Vina del Mar. Many thanks to the student participants, including many from the class of 2006 (and even one from 2003!). Thanks also to our festival host Ezio Passadore at the Pontifica Universidad Catolica De Valparaiso, and our support network here at AC-including David Schneider and Michael Kiefer. Pics will be posted soon.

Jazz at Schwemm's

Jazz returns to the Backroom at Schwemm's Coffee House on Thursdays this semester. Opening the performance series will be the EJQ (Eclectic Jazz Quartet). This group features professors from local colleges including our own Prof. Poccia. The quartet will begin playing at 9:30 and finish at 11:00. Please make every effort to attend this event and support live jazz on campus!

Happenin' Jazz!!

Jazz students filled up the audition sheets as orientation roared past us on the calendar! We're primed to have 6 combos and our internationally-acclaimed jazz ensemble. Many thanks go to both our current and new students for the great energy and desire they have shown. This will be a great year!

2005-06 News

Pics Posted

Pics have been posted of our Combo and Jazz Ensemble activities for the Fall semester. It is an incomplete listing, however, as we strive to free up some space. Please click on either or both to see some of the action: Jazz Ensemble and Combo.

End of Semester Concerts!

Several jazz concerts will help usher in the end of the semester. A sampling follows:

December 2: Jazz Ensemble Conert, Buckley, 8:00pm

December 5: Jazz Piano students of Eugene Uman, Buckley, 1:00pm

December 7: Jazz Combos-Catfish and Red Beans, Buckley, 7:00pm

December 7: Jazz Combo Blue Nomads, Frontroom, 9:15pm

December 11: Music of Ben Rogers, Buckley, 8:00pm

December 12: Jazz Combos Rotisserie Chicken and Another Shade of Blue,Buckley, 7:00pm

December 12: Jazz Voice Students of Ann Maggs, Room 3, 7:00pm

We look forward to seeing you all at these great events!

Back in the Swing!

We welcome the many new faces to our jazz ensembles and combos, and look forward to the musical products produced by both old and new students as we enter into the new year! Rosters, concert dates, and info on jam sessions will be posted soon.

Alumni Jam Session!

The first Alumni Jam Session, in what we hope to be a yearly event, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22 as part of the homecoming weekend. We'll be located in room 7 of the Music Building, and will begin around 10:00pm (immediately following the Choral Society concert in Buckley Recital Hall). Special guests include Andy Jaffe, former Lecturer in Jazz at Amherst, and several jazz stalwarts including Jason Blynn (guitar) Yemi Cole (bass) and Gopi Mohan (drums). Join us as players (alums and current AC students) and/or audience. We will provide all that is needed for the musical end of things, and we'll have some outstanding refreshments. Contact Bruce Diehl (413) 542-8308 for more information.

2004-05 News

End of the Year Events

* Sunday, May 1st: 1:30pm workshop with Nathan Childers on "Making the Music Scene in NYC" in room 212, Music Building * Sunday, May 1st: 7:00pm open dress rehearsal, ACJE w/Nathan Childers in Buckley Recital Hall * Sunday, May 1st: 9:00 pm jam session in Room 7 with Nathan Childers

* Monday, May 2nd: 8:00 pm concert in Buckley featuring the Jazz Ensemble (see below)

* Wednesday, May 4th: 7:30 pm combo concert in Marsh House with the Plugs and Three Tenors

* Sunday, May 8th: 3:00 pm concert in the Frontroom featuring Music 36, TFG, and the Lissa/Jacob Duo

* Monday, May 9th: 7:00 pm concert in Buckley with The Shark Spaceship


Jazz Ensemble in Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will perform its final concert of the academic year on Monday, May 2, 2005. This free concert starts at 8:00pm and takes place in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. Featured on this program will be the world-premiere of an exciting new piece, City Scape written by Nathan Childers. This three-movement piece is the first in an annual series of works commissioned by and written for the Jazz Ensemble. We have titled the commission series The Robin McBride Jazz Commission Series, named after Robin McBride, AC Class of 1959, an ardent supporter of jazz efforts in performance and education at Amherst College. Works by noted composers Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Matt Harris, and several chestnuts associated with Frank Sinatra will be performed by the Jazz Ensemble in addition to the Childers piece.

Childers, a freelance saxophonist/composer/teacher and clinician for Yamaha currently on the scene in New York City and venues throughout New England, will be a featured soloist with the ensemble. Seniors who have been involved in any capacity in the jazz performance program at Amherst will be honored. For more information, please call the Jazz Ensemble Director, Bruce Diehl at (413) 542-8308. Refreshments will follow the performance in the Green Room area behind Buckley Recital Hall.

Blue Nomads Jazz Combo in Concert!

The Blue Nomads will present their end-of-year concert on Sunday, April 24 at 8:00pm in Buckley Recital Hall. This dynamic group will perform mostly original compositions written especially for the group. The concert is free. More info is available by calling 542-8308.

Jam Session with Admitted Students

Catch a glimpse of the future of the Amherst jazz scene as current students and admitted students from the class of '09 join in a jam session on Sunday, April 17th, at 9:30 pm. The jam session will take place in Room 7 of the Arms Music Building and include featured guests Eugene Uman, piano, Joshua Tower, Bass, and Makaya McCraven on drums. As always, all students and admitted students are welcome, and as an added bonus, there will be free food.

Five College Jazz Festival Concert Recordings Online

You can now listen to the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble's recordings from the Five College Jazz Festival on February 18th, 2005. Ignore the file names that have an underscore in front of them.

Recordings from the February 20th Combo Concert are now available online in the Combo section.

Five College Jazz Festival a Success

Thank you to all of you who helped out with or participated in the third annual Five College Jazz Festival. All of the concerts went well and students learned a lot from Walt Weiskopf's clinic on Saturday. Check back soon for photos of the events.

Jeremy Collins Thesis Performance

After the jam session, senior pianist Jeremy Collins will present his thesis this Friday, April 1st, at 8:00 pm in the Frontroom. The performance, entitled "The Lives and Music of Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell," is free to the public. Assisting Jeremy will be Josh Tower, Claire Arenius, Bruce Diehl, Alex Rodriguez, Matt Stevenson, Michael Yang, Daniel McGeeney, and more. Make sure to swing by the Frontroom after the jam session!

Jam Session in Valentine This Friday

This Friday, April 1st, Jazz @ Amherst presents its first jam session of the spring semester in Valentine Annex from 5:00-7:00. Music faculty Josh Tower (bass) and Claire Arenius (drums) will be there to lend their expertise. Musicians of all ability levels are welcome, and the Valentine piano will make its world debut. Don't forget to bring your instrument to dinner this Friday!

Ann Maggs/Eugene Uman in Concert

Ann Maggs, Adjunct Jazz Voice Teacher at Amherst College will be accompanied by Eugene Uman, Adjunct Jazz Piano Teacher-also at Amherst College. The concert is slated for Friday, March 25th at noon in Buckley Recital Hall. It is a free concert with the theme of Music from Film. Though this performance takes place during the lunch hour, we do not allow food in Buckley. Ann assures us there will be plenty of time to eat following her performance.


Five College Jazz Festival

This year Amherst College is proud to present the third annual Five College Jazz Festival, which will last from Friday, February 18th, to Sunday, February 20th.

On Friday night, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will kick off the festival in Buckley Recital Hall with a free concert at 7 pm followed by performances by the Smith, Mt. Holyoke, and Williams ensembles, including a special appearance by the UMASS Jazz and Vocal Jazz Ensembles.

On Saturday, saxophonist Walt Weiskopf will present a clinic and concert accompanied by Jeff Holmes (piano), Richard Downs (bass), and Rob Weiner (drums). This free event will take place from 1:30-6:00 pm at UMASS Fine Arts Center Room 44, and Five College students will the opportunity to play Walt's arrangements for the Walt Weiskopf Nonet during the clinic portion of the day beginning at 1:30. The group will have an open rehearsal at 3:00 and the concert will begin at 4:30. Walt's website can be found at

The final day of the festival features jazz combos from Amherst, Smith, and UMASS in a 7:00 pm concert in Amherst College's Keefe Campus Center Frontroom.

For more information, contact Bruce Diehl at 532-8308 or check this website later for more details.

Women in Jazz Concert @UMASS

On Thursday, February 10, guest artist Allison Miller, drummer and composer, performs with female UMass Amherst graduates and alumni. The concert takes place at 8:00 pm in Bezanson Recital hall at the UMass Fine Arts Center. Cost is $5 for students and $10 general admission. For more information, visit

Combo Recordings

For your listening pleasure, mp3 recordings of all of the combos' and duos' end-of-semester concerts are now available. To save, right click and choose "Save Link As." Unfortunately, photos will not be available till the end of January. We hope everyone has been enjoying the holidays and had a happy new year! Don't forget to practice your instruments so we can have a kickin' spring semester!



Combo Performances

Don't miss end-of-semester concerts for all six combos and the three duos!

Sunday, Dec. 12 @ 1:30pm in Buckley: 3 Tenors, Blue Nomads plus Dan/Becca Duo

Monday, Dec. 13 @ 7:30pm in Buckley: *TFG* and Young's Modulus plus Pat/Amrita Duo

Wednesday, Dec. 15 @ 7:30pm in Buckley: Plugs and Cables plus Lissa/Ben Duo


Jam Session in Valentine

In conjunction with Sushi Night, Valentine will host a special jam session on Thursday, December 9 at 7:00 pm in the annex. Leading the rhythm section will be professional musicians John Tower on bass, Mark Applegate on guitar, and Jay Alan Jackson on drums. Jazz players of all abilities and experience are welcome! Refreshments will be provided.

Jazz Ensemble Concert

This Friday, Dec. 3, the Jazz Ensemble will be performing in Buckley at 8:00pm with musical guests from Music 35. The concert will feature music by Herbie Mann, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, and others, with a reception to follow in the Green Room.

Mp3s of the Jazz Ensemble and Duos

Now you can hear mp3s of the Jazz Ensemble and all three duos from their Family weekend concert in the Frontroom on October 30, 2004. Ignore the file names that start with "._" before the file name, we are still working on problems with the code. The second set of file names should work, however. More mp3s of the combos and photos should be up soon!

East Meets West Concert

On October 15th, jazz guitarist Freddie Bryant (class of '87) returns to Amherst for a concert of Indian Jazz-Fusion with Kaleidoscope and the Shubhendra Rao Duo. The performance will take place in Buckley Recital Hall at 8:00 pm. Look around campus for the poster and read the press release for more information.

Welcome Back!!!

On behalf of the Music Department, I wish to welcome all students to (and back to) Amherst College. We look forward to your artistic energies as we get another year rolling along! Orientation week was an incredible experience as we met and worked with several members of '08. This is a huge boost for us, and we're eager to get that energy channeled!! Read on for initial activities as we gather forces for the Jazz Ensemble and Combos.

First Meeting

The Jazz Ensemble will get things rolling on Monday, Sept. 13 at 7:00pm in Buckley. Combos will follow at 8:30. This will be the chance to meet everyone in your group and find awesome rehearsal times. See you there! Rosters for both the ACJE and the Combos will be posted soon.

2003-04 News Archive

Summer 2004!

Jazz @ Amherst wishes all students a safe and relaxing break! Congratulations to our graduating seniors and best of luck in your successful futures! We'll start in early September with our annual jam session!


Jason Blynn and Company performed at the Frontroom on April 4


Pictures from the Five College Jazz Festival

Check out all the Amherst groups in action this semester

Alumni Watch!

Homecoming 2003 saw several notable grads visit with our jazz ensemble and combos during the afternoon of performances in the Cage. Among these alums were Chuck Stevenson ('50), Robin McBride ('59), Jonathan Hirsh ('86), Jeff Thompson ('80?), Chris Vecsey ('03), Brian Hochman ('03), Adeyemi Cole ('02), Mara Levi ('01), Sarah Ingram ('03), Mina Suk ('97?), Carson Taylor ('03) and Lawrence Baum ('03). It was great to see you all and thanks for taking the time to check us out and check in with us!

Five College Jazz Festival

On Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, Smith College will host the 2nd Annual Five College Jazz Festival. Saturday, March 6 will feature the Jazz Ensembles from Amherst, Hampshire, (guests Williams) and Smith Colleges. That performance starts at 7:00pm in Sweeney Concert Hall at Smith College. Sunday, March 7 will feature Jazz Combos from Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges plus a guest combo from the Northampton Community Music Center. Sunday's concert will be in the new Campus Center at Smith College and starts at 2:00pm. Please view the Smith College Jazz Ensemble website for more information.

Noontime Concert-Ann Maggs and Freddie Bryant

Join us in Buckley Recital Hall for a noontime concert featuring our vocal jazz instructor Ann Maggs, plus our Copeland Fellow Freddie Bryant. The festivities take place on Thursday, March 11 at noon. They plan to do some standards as well as performing some Brazillian and other Latin type music. A reception will follow.

Freddie Bryant

The Spring Semester 2004 finds our alum, Freddie Bryant ('87) back at Amherst as a Copeland Fellow. In this capacity, he is doing some composition, teaching some guitar lessons, attending and giving some lectures, and adding to the overall artistic environment of the music department. Many students have already had the chance to work with Freddie and found it to be inspirational. We look forward to continued interaction and hearing Freddie both practice and compose!


We welcome all students back to campus! We hope it was a great break for all of you.

First rehearsals will start up on Monday, Jan. 26, at the usual times. Combos will try to remain in the usual format of rehearsals, and the Jazz Ensemble will hit at 7:30 on Monday night, as well. Here's to a GREAT semester!

Jazz Students Heading Abroad/Returning "Home"

Jazz @ Amherst sends "bon voyage" wishes to Adrienne Showler, Jenn Morash and Jonathan Sturgis as they head off to Africa and Italy for the Spring semester. We also welcome back to our midst David Cyprian and Matt Stevenson, returning from Europe and Africa, respectively.

Pics are B-A-C-K!

After taking some time to adjust to the new server systems (read-technology!) here at Amherst College, we are slowly but surely posting pics from our fall jazz activities. For now, access these pics (both Combo and Jazz Ensemble) through the "Jazz Ensemble Pics" link on the left side of your screen, and scroll to "Fall 2003" link. Enjoy! Look for our Combo efforts in the same folder. As always-consider this a work in progress. Events that are covered include: Orientation Jazz Ice Cream Social, the annual September Jam Session, the residency of guest artists Rob Tapper and Kristina Ploeger, the guest appearance of Joe La Creta (guitar accompanist extroadinaire), the Faculty Jazz concert, the Homecoming and Family Weekend concerts (including some scary-looking folks!), the swing dance also on homecoming weekend, the Revolution concert for the Amherst Senior citizen center, the end-of-semester concert (with the guest group Instrumenches), and the combo concerts in the frontroom. Enjoy! (wow-it was busy around here!!!). Too bad there are no pics of the basketball game....!


Jazz Combos Hit the Frontroom!

All Five of our jazz combos will perform on two nights next week: December 9 featured the Prisoners of Jazz and the Fusion Project plus members of Music 35 (Jazz Theory and Improvisation) at 7:30 in the Campus Center Frontroom. Three more combos will perform on Thursday, December 11-Wrap-City in Funk, The Revolution, and Trane-wreck. This is also starting at 7:30. Please join us for all of these jazz events.

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble will be joined by the new amherst College Klezmer group, Instrumensches in their end-of-semester concert on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Buckley Recital Hall at 8:00pm. Join us for this festive event!

The Jazz ensemble and combos have earned a "short" break from performances. One to keep an eye on is the upcoming performance by the Revolution (a jazz combo at Amherst) at the Bangs Community Center-a part of the AMherst Senior Center. This will start promptly at 2:00 and last for a half hour.

The remainder of the performances will happen at the end of the semester: December 6 (Jazz Ensemble and special musical guests, 8:00pm in Buckley), and December 9 and 11 (Jazz Combos and Music 35, 7:30 in the Frontroom). Please join us for any and all of these events!

For Family Weekend 2003, the Jazz Ensemble will perform in the Frontroom on Oct. 31. The concert will start at 7:00pm, and will end a short time before the Orchestra concert (in Buckley). Check out both groups that night!

Jazz Faculty to Perform with Guests

On Friday, Oct. 24, the Jazz faculty members will be joined by special guests Rob Tapper and Kristina Ploeger, both of Eastern Washington University (close to Spokane, WA). It will be the conclusion of the mini-residency that will see Rob and Kristina work with students directly at Amherst, Smith and UMASS. Concert time will be 8:30 in Buckley, and is free and open to the public. Contact Bruce Diehl with any questions. (413) 542-8308.

Rosters Posted!

Thanks to all the students who auditioned to join our program. It was a busy four-day period of auditions. We have posted the results-and look forward to hearing great music from all the ensembles. Find these rosters listed under each section of the "Jazz Ensemble" heading or Jazz Combo heading. A hearty congratulations to all who 'survived" the process!


We hope you will get involved with us in the music department and find out about all the jazz offerings within the Music Department!

Welcome to Nathan Childers!

We would like to welcome Nathan Childers as an adjunct instructor in saxophone. He will be teaching here one or two days a week to cover all the saxophonists in our community. What an excellent opportunity to study with an up and coming (we think "already arrived"!!) saxophonist. Click here to read more about Nathan.


We will hold auditions this year from August 31-September 3. Please sign-up for an audition time outside Bruce's office (103) and take the audition sample piece to prepare. If you would like it earlier to prepare over the summer, please contact Bruce via email. It will be a *painless* audition designed to give me an idea as to your strengths and weaknesses, where to place you in a combo, and how to place you in the jazz ensemble (if interested). Be in touch if you have questions, as well.

JAZZ-Inspired Jam Session!!!

On Sunday, August 31, we'll kick off the new academic year with a jam session. Though primarily a jazz event, it would not be uncommon for some blues and/or rock-inspired music to rip through Room 7. We aim to start around 9:15 (immediately following the introductory music department meeting for the class of 2007) and will play until we drop. There's also some food! This event is sponsored in part by the Dean of Students Office and the Orientation Committee. Please join us regardless of your ability or the amount you practiced over the summer. Be in touch with Bruce Diehl with any questions....(413) 542-8308. See you there!

2002-03 News



Brett Brehm and Brian Hochman in 1 + 1 Revenge!

Brett and Brian jump-started the semester with their second duet concert.

Take a minute to reflect back on the end of Fall semester, with the help of some pictures of the end of the year concerts:
The Jazz Ambassadors at the Frontroom
The Workin' 9 to 5 Combo at the Frontroom
The Jazz Patriots at the Frontroom
The Big Band on Dec. 6 at Buckley
The Steve and Nick Blues Project and the Steamin' Jazz Kitchen

Graduating Seniors

Good luck to the following graduating seniors who have been involved with us over their career here at Amherst: Jacob Appelbaum (guitar), Lawrence Baum (trumpet/flugelhorn), Brett Brehm (piano), Amanda Crocker (voice), Josh Duclos (voice), Drew Foss (saxophone), Brian Hochman (saxophones), Josh Levy (guitar), Adam Mullinax (trombone), David Nuss (piano), Angela Plato (trumpet), Andrew Schneider (flute), Lucas Strelow (trombone), Carson Taylor (bass), and Chris Vecsey (Euphonium). We will welcome you back at anytime to sit in and share your success stories with all.

The "Home Stretch"

The Amherst groups head into the final weeks of our semester with much music to get done! The Jazz Ambassadors (one of our four combos) and the AC Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Williams Jazz Festival on Friday and Sat., April 25 and 26. We'll have a concert by Amherst jazz piano and jazz voice teachers Ann Maggs and Eugene Uman on Sunday, 4/27 at 4:00pm. This wonderful event will be followed immediately by a jam session in Valentine with Eugene Uman as the special guest. Open to all! Join us next week for activities involving our guest artist, Wayne Goins, as detailed below-all which culminate in a concert by the AC Jazz Ensemble on Friday, May 2 at 7:00pm. Our combos finish off this busy time with concerts on May 4 (7:00pm) and May 7 (8:00pm). Fasten your seatbelts and join us for this rapid-fire ride through the end of the semester!

  • April 26, 2003- ACJE at Williams Jazz Festival, 9:00am.
  • April 27, 2003-Ann Maggs and Eugene Uman in concert at Buckley, 4:00pm
  • April 27, 2003-Jam Session at Valentine! 5:30-7:30pm (new listing-see below)
  • May 2, 2003- ACJE at Buckley with special guest, Wayne Goins, Guitar, 7:00pm (note time change).
  • May 4, 2003- Combos (Ambassadors and Taylor Series) in Concert in Frontroom, 7:00pm (note time change)
  • May 7, 2003- Combos (Steamin' Jazz Kitchen and Patriots) in Concert in Frontroom, 8:00pm.
  • Dr. Wayne Goins


    Dr. Goins schedule "grid"

  • Wednesday, April 30-Dress rehearsal with ACJE, 9:00pm in Buckley
  • Thursday, May 1-Work with Music 36, 10:00am, in room 7 of Music Building
  • Thursday and Friday-work with guitar and bass students, various times
  • Friday, May 2-Masterclass for all jazz musicians and/or guitarists, 3:00pm in room 7
  • Friday, May 2-Concert with Jazz Ensemble, 7:00pm in Buckley Recital Hall.
  • For the end-of-semester concert (May 2), we will be joined by Dr. Wayne Goins, Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Ensembles at Kansas State University. Dr. Goins received his Ph.D. from Florida State University and is a guitarist equally schooled in the blues and jazz idioms. After teaching experience in Boston and Chicago, he relocated to Atlanta where he taught guitar and directed jazz ensembles at Morehouse College, Emory University and Kennesaw State University. Dr. Goins toured extensively throughout Europe for Ichiban Records, for whom he has recorded as a sideman on over twenty albums. He has performed music in Broadway Plays for August Wilson's Seven Guitars and Pearle Cleagge's Blues for an Alabama Sky. He continues to be an active participant in the field of music research, with numerous articles and presentations delivered at conferences across the United States.

    We will welcome Dr. Goins for a dress rehearsal with the ACJE on Wednesday night, 9:00pm, and we will make sure that Wayne has plenty of time to hang with the many Five College guitarists on Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2. We thank the Jazz @ Amherst funds and the Music Department for supporting Wayne's time with us!

    New Concert Listing!

    Ann Maggs and Eugene Uman, Amherst adjunct music faculty, will present a "Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon" vocal/piano concert on Sunday, April 27 at 4 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Jamie Mcdonald, long-time Vermont Jazz Center bassist, will join Ann and Eugene. Free concert.

    Jam Session at Valentine!

    Amherst Jazz Piano teacher Eugene Uman will be the guest of honor at the end-of-semester Jazz Jam session taking place at Valentine Dining Commons on Sunday, April 24 (immediately following his appearance in Buckley with Ann Maggs and Jamie McDonald). We hope all students involved in jazz (in the many diverse ways) will bring their horns and their real books and join in the usual festivities of a jam session. Stay tuned for more "up to the minute" info. For those without music, we will have a bunch of books available for you.

    Celebrating Women in Jazz at MHC

    On March 7 and 8, Mt. Holyoke College will host a Jazz Festival celebrating women in Jazz. The headline group will be DIVA, the fabulous all-female jazz ensemble based in NYC. Mt. Holyoke's own Jazz Ensembles and Vocal Jazz Ensembles will be joined by the Smith College Jazz Ensemble on the following day, March 8, to showcase their own efforts in making this music great! For more information, contact Mark Gionfrido at Mt. Holyoke or click here for the website at MHC.

    Here are the performance dates to help with our scheduling.

  • March 2, 2003- Brett Brehm and Brian Hochman Duo Concert, 8:00pm in Frontroom.
  • April 10, 11, 2003-ACJE and Combos at the Five College Jazz Festival, evening performances at Smith College.
  • April 26, 2003- ACJE at Williams Jazz Festival, 9:00am.
  • May 2, 2003- ACJE at Buckley with special guest, Wayne Goins, Guitar, 7:00pm.
  • May 4, 2003- Combos in Concert in Frontroom, 8:00pm.
  • May 7, 2003- Combos in Concert in Frontroom, 8:00pm.
  • Brett and Brian 1+1 Revenge

    Brett Brehm (piano) and Brian Hochman (tenor saxophone) return to the stage of the Campus Center Frontroom for one last time....Sunday, March 2 at 8:00pm. Their duo jazz concert will feature their own music plus tunes by (safe bet) Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver. Do support the efforts of two classy individuals who have given much to the jazz program here at Amherst. (we all can hear about their performance in their weekly WAMH 89.3 FM radio show "Hear No Evil", broadcast Thursday mornings from 8:00-10:00am)

    David Sanchez Group in Concert at Smith

    Wednesday, Feb. 26 and 27 will find the David Sanchez Sextet in "residence" at Smith College. They will present a master class for all interested on Wed., 2/26 from 3-5pm in Sweeney Concert Hall. At 8:00pm on the same day, they will perform a *free* concert as part of the Marsalis Jam events. On the following day, 2/27, they will be guests in a forum hosted by the event coordinator and Smith Professor, Steve Waksman. Be sure to arrive early-seats are likely to go soon!


    Happy Holidays to All!

    Jazz @ Amherst wants to thank Adam Mullinax and David Cyprian for their valuable website service over the semester. Doug Orbaker, the Jazz Ensemble Manager, was huge in his efforts, especially in setting up the concert on 12/06-so many thanks go Doug's way! Thanks also go to all the students involved in our many ensembles for a great semester of learning, growth as individuals and ensembles. The end of semester concerts were excellent examples of this process in action! Have a safe and relaxing break. Congrats to you as you finish up your semester.

    Please stay tuned to the website for periodic updates over the break-updates which will include pics of all our recent concerts (stretching from 11/20 through 12/16). We send a special shout out to the Amherst College Orchestra as they embark on their tour to Los Angeles in early January.

    Jazz Ensemble to Perform, Dana Gooley Guest!

    Buckley Recital Hall will explode to the sounds of the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble on Friday, December 6 at 8:00pm. Dana Gooley (Valentine Professor of Music at Amherst) will be the featured guest artist at the piano. The group will bring out music by Ellington, Basie, Hooper, Diehl, Sperra, Niehaus plus much more! It's still a free concert, and we would love to have you share the music with us. For more info, please contact Bruce Diehl at 542-8308.

    Jazz Voice Students to Perform

    On Tuesday, December 10, voice students of Ann Maggs will perform selections from the great American songbook. Please join them in Room 3 of the Arms Music Center for this free concert.

    Upcoming Combo Concerts

    Tuesday, Dec. 10 Patriots Combo, Jazz Ambassadors Combo 8:30 Frontroom

    Wednesday, Dec. 11 Workin' Nine to Five Combo, Music 35 final performance at Frontroom

    Monday, Dec. 16 Steamin' Jazz Kitchen and Blues Project -Frontroom

    Jazz Ensemble and Combos Perform for Homecoming

    After the football game, the Jazz program entertained at the Cage. Check out the pictures.

    Amherst/Smith Vocal Jazz Teacher Ann Maggs to Perform

    The first in a series of free noontime concerts in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, will be presented on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 12:15 with Ann Maggs, jazz vocalist and music librarian, and Dana Gooley, jazz pianist and professor of music in "Love in the Dark: Songs from the Movies." The program will feature music by Harold Arlen, David Raksin, Henry Mancini, Michel LeGrand and others.

    Ingrid Jensen Performed at Amherst

    Ingrid Jensen and her combo with bassist Fraser Hollis and drummer John Wikan visited Amherst for two days. Check it out!

    Pictures for Orientation

    During Orientation 2002 the Jazz department held a jam session and an informal quartet of upperclassman played for the first years. Check out the pictures.

    2001-02 News Archive

    Year comes to a Close!

    2001-2002 was a rousing success. Just a glimpse of the number of jazz-related events and pics will verify this. Jazz@Amherst wishes everyone luck as they finish off their studies and finals, and wishes everyone a safe and relaxing summer! Stay tuned for more pics of our recent Jazz performances, as well as several other items of interest that will be posted throughout the summer. Keep us informed of your awesome summer activities!

    New Jazz course Listed

    The Spring Semester will see a new jazz course added to our offerings. Professor Gooley will present "The Jazz Standard". Click to read more about jazz courses.

    2003 Williams Jazz Fest Dates announced

    Andy Jaffe, former Director of Jazz Studies at Amherst, has announced the dates for the annual Williams Jazz festival as April 25-26, 2003. Traditionally Jazz Ensembles from Amherst and Smith make the drive to Williams College for this non-competitive event. Guest artists at next year's Fest have not been announced.

    Pics of Diminished Nine Combo

    Pictures from the Diminished Nine performance for Senior Citizens at the Bangs Community Center in downtown Amherst are up. Check in with the Combo page, link to the pics section and look for Diminished Nine from March 7, 2002. Needless to say, they played great and were enjoyed thoroughly by the seniors in attendance.

    Jazz Combo to Perform at Bangs Community Center, Amherst

    On March 8, 2:00pm, the Diminished Nine Jazz Combo will perform for the senior citizen community of Amherst at the Bangs Community Center. An "old-time" performance including such standards as "Misty", "Besame Mucho", "Feet's Too Big", and "Autumn Leaves" will bring the audience back to the days when this was the music that everyone listened to. See the Combo pages for a listing of members.

    Pics of the recent "Scrapple from the Apple" Jazz Recital have been posted.

    The Frontroom was cookin' on Nov. 1 with the likes of Amherst Alumni bassist Stephan Crump ('94) and his friends from New York. Click here to check it out!

    Amherst Jazz Ensemble to Perform at Williams Jazz Festival

    On April 6, 2002, the Amherst Jazz Ensemble will perform and be adjudicated as part of the annual Williams College Jazz Festival. The performance time slot is 10:00am-11:00, immediately following a performance by the Smith College Jazz Ensemble, also directed by Bruce Diehl. Free admission to this event, and it is part of a weekend-long jazz extravaganza. The West-Coast based Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra will be the featured performing group. Check the Williams College website for more info on this concert as well as any part of the entire weekend.

    Jazz Ensemble plays "What's New"

    May 4, 2002 will find the AC Jazz Ensemble playing more music from the last twenty years than they have in the past five years. Tunes by Matt Harris, Fred Sturm, Chuck Mangione, Gil Evans, Pat Metheny, plus many more will be the main course. The Ensemble will be joined by soulful guitar legend, Joe LaCreta, giving us a different color and intensity. Concert is at 8:00pm, free admission in to Buckley.

    Combos to Perform

    The Campus Center Frontroom will light up on April 25 and May 2 for the end-of-year performances by the three Amherst College Combos. Both dates are Thursdays, both concerts start at 8:00pm, and both concerts are free. April 25 will feature our combo Quantum Gatherum, with special musical guests the UMASS Vocal Jazz Ensemble 1. On May 2, our combos Diminished Nine and the Jazz Ambassadors will perform.

    Jazz Private Students to Perform

    The students studying jazz in their private lessons will perform on Thursday, May 9, 8:00pm in the Campus Center Frontroom. They will be accompanied by various combinations of our Jazz Instructors, plus bassist Alec Derian and drummer Jon Fisher. Free admission, plus the chance to see/hear some great developing talent!

    Brett and Brian Duo Concert Pics

    Pics of Brett Brehm and Brian Hochman in their Duo performance on Feb. 20, 2002 are here.

    "It all Stems from This"....Saxophonist Emily Eynon Culminating Performance at Hampshire!

    Longtime Amherst Jazz Ensemble and Combo member Emily Eynon will be giving her "Division Three" performance of self-composed music on April 13, 2002. Eynon, a Hampshire College student, aims to fill the recital hall at Hampshire with family and friends for this 8:00pm performance. Amherst student Ethan Greene will be featured on trumpet as well as another member of the saxophone section at Amherst, Chris Correa, also a Hampshire Fourth Year. Bassist Max Adam (playing in Amherst Combo-Quantum Gatherum), and two students from Music 36-Tito Ramsey and Ed Louis, round out Emily's ensemble.

    Jazz Clarinetist Eddie Daniels to appear at Amherst

    Friday, April 5, 2002, Jazz clarinetist Eddie Daniels will be at Amherst College to coach our combos. equally at home in the classical and jazz realms, Daniels brings a wealth of experience to our midst from 2:00-3:30pm, location tba.

    Amherst Jazz Drum Instructor Claire Arenius

    On Thursday, April 4, 2002, Claire Arenius brings to Buckley Auditorium her trio called C.E.T.(Eugene Uman on piano and Thomson Kneeland on bass) for an 8:00pm performance.

    Amherst to host Magic Triangle Series

    Due to upcoming renovations at the UMASS Bezanson Recital Hall, Amherst is fortunate to host all three of the jazz concerts affiliated with the Magic Triangle Jazz Series. Concerts will be at 8:00pm in Buckley on February 17, March 7, and April 3.

    William Parker Ensemble

    See the Magic Triangle Series for info....concert is on Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at 8:00pm in Buckley.

    Ann Maggs and Dana Gooley to Perform in Buckley

    On March 6, 2002, Jazz Voice Teacher Ann Maggs joins Amherst Valentine Professor Dana Gooley in a noontime recital of titles featuring the lyrics of Dorothy Fields. Free admission to this 12:15pm concert.

    Dr. Lateef to be honored at Smith

    Our Five College Professor Yusef Lateef will be the honored composer at a concert at Smith college on Feb. 16. As posted in the Smith website: February 16, 2002 Tribute to the Music of Dr. Yusef Lateef Events will include a panel presentation and performance. These events are sponsored by Afro-American Studies and the Office of Institutional Diversity. 12 Noon Stoddard Hall Auditorium Congrats to Yusef on this honor!


    The students in the various Jazz Ensembles as well as their Director wish to thank Diane Diehl (formerly Diane Wagrowski) for her contributions as the official photographer of all our events. She has done a great deal of work in only a year, and we are thrilled to have her help in documenting our efforts! New pics taken by Diane are posted soon after each event, so please check in the combo and jazz ensemble folders frequently.

    Combo & Jazz Ensemble Pictures Are Up

    Pictures of the Jazz Ensemble and Combos are up. Be sure to see these pics of jazz concerts and clinics over the past few years, including pics of the Jon Hendricks concert from 05/04/01; jam sessions; October and November Jazz Ensemble performances; and Oct., Nov., and Dec. Combo performances.


    (posted 11/12/01) Jazz Ensemble and Diminished Nine Combo Tenor Saxophonist Adrienne Showler scored the game winning goal for the Amherst Women Soccer team's playoff victory in last weekend's (11/10/01) Sweet Sixteen playoffs. This win shot the team into the final four...a contest to be played in Ohio on Thursday, 11/15/01. Congrats to Adri, who, along with her AC jazz colleagues gave a winning performance at Buckley Recital Hall in their November concert on Sunday, November 11, 2001. Click here for more info on the Lady Jeffs and their climb towards the national soccer championship.

    Jazz Duo to Perform

    Amherst students Brett Brehm (Piano) and Brian Hochman (Saxophone) will perform as a duo in the Campus Center Frontroom on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002. Concert time is 8:00pm, and is free of charge. These two are freshly-returned to Amherst from a semester abroad in London. We look forward to hearing what they have cooked up!