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Be sure to check out the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble perform at the 2015 McBride '59 Commission Concert on February 21st at 8 pm! This year's featured composer, JC Sanford, will give a lecture on his piece "Trash Me Hamster," at 1:00pm on Friday, February 20th and perform with his Quartet following the ACJE performance. 

Jazz Topics

We will endeavor to have much of interest to all our students up here as the year goes on. I'd like to start with a topic near and dear to my heart-playing the "GB" gig. This can be a tough challenge, even for the most seasoned musicians. I have learned in my 20+ years of doing wedding receptions and dances several expectations that are present when a client decides s/he wants a jazz group to play at their function. Here is a small list of important ideas that come to mind:

Doing the Gig

(part 1 of 2)


Jazz Studies/Private Lessons

Amherst's 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.



2017-2018 Amherst College Jazz Ensemble (ACJE) Roster


Seong Eun Jeung, Alto
Sofia Aklog, Alto
Diana Daniels, Alto
Brian Doniger, Tenor
Sean Mebust, Tenor
Manuel Rodriguez, Baritone


Cameron Chandler
Kevin Dooley
Will Fishell
Dan Langa


Juno Son
Evan Daisy

Rhythm Section

Charlie Smith, Piano
Tristan Whalen, Guitar
Andrew Gerlach, Bass
Josh Harmon, Drums


Siena Koh



Rehearsal Schedule: Fall 2016

If you have any questions regarding any of our groups, feel free to drop by during scheduled rehearsal times.

Jazz Ensemble

Mondays and Wednesdays: 7:00-8:30pm, in Room 7 of Arms Music Center.


Coachings of our multitudeof Jazz Combos happen with Bruce Diehl, David Picchi, Carl Clements, and Geoff Cunningham on Mondays 8:45-10:45pm and Wednesdays 3:30-4:30; 8:45-10:45pm in Room 7 of Arms Music Center.  Other days/nights and times may become available.  



Fall Semester 

Oct. 8

9 pm


Jazz@Schwemm’s Combo Performance

Oct. 15

9 pm


Jazz@Schwemm’s Combo Performance

Oct. 22

9 pm


Jazz@Schwemm’s Combo Performance

Music at Amherst Series Kicks Off with Sold Out Performance, Performer Interview

October 1, 2015

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Saxophonist Archie Shepp in conversation with Assistant Professor of Music Jason Robinson

Playing to a sold-out Buckley Recital Hall on opening night of the Music at Amherst 2015–16 series, revered saxophonist Archie Shepp and Moroccan musical group The Dar Gnawa of Tangier presented an exciting fusion of musical ideas from as far as Morocco and Paris, and as near as Louisiana and New York City (photos below).