"The jazz program at the University of Evansville offers students of any major a wide variety of experiences in performance and opportunities to hear and work with well-known guest jazz artists. The program features two big bands (Jazz Ensemble I and II) and the option of a Jazz Studies Certificate. Join us to learn more about this truly American music."
— Dr. Timothy Zifer, Director of Jazz
Jazz Band I and Jazz Band II
The University of Evansville jazz performance experience features two big bands, Jazz Ensemble I and II. Their ever-popular concerts for audiences both on and off campus include jazz, swing, be-bop, fusion and neoclassical jazz.
Highlights of the 2016/17 UE Jazz season included hosting Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter Doc Severinsen, hosting our 4th annual UE Jazz Band Invitational, concert tour to Atlanta, Memphis and Chattanooga, and hosting a Swing Dance as part of fund raising efforts for the Department of Music. UE Jazz Ensemble I has participated numerous times at the prestigious Elmhurst College Jazz Festival and has hosted internationally acclaimed artists such as Diane Schuur, The New York Voices and Max Weinberg.
Jazz Studies Certificate
Another option open to all students is the opportunity to complete a Jazz Studies Certificate with courses in jazz performance, arranging, improvisation, history and theory.
Evansville Jazz Society
The Evansville Jazz Society brings numerous well-known jazz artists to the Evansville community through its annual Jazz Concert Series. Recent appearances include Pat Harbison, Jamey Aebersold, Dick Sisto Quintet, and the Houston Person Quartet. Additionally, the Society offers scholarships to University of Evansville students to continue their studies at intensive jazz programs during the summer months.