UCLA Jazz Combos

Jazz Combos

Course Info:
Global Jazz Studies 175

Combo I (vocal)
Director: Michele Weir

Combo III (instrumental)
Director: Clayton Cameron

Combo IV (instrumental)
Director: Roberto Miranda

Combo V (instrumental)
Director: Charley Harrison

Combo VI (instrumental; Winter 2021 only)
Director: Jesus Guzman

Combo VII
Director: Terence O. Blanchard

Jazz Combo classes are designed for students in the Global Jazz Studies IDP. These courses help to fulfill the global jazz studies degree requirements and are designed to train the students to become professional jazz musicians.

Occasionally there are openings in a jazz combo for advanced-level UCLA student musicians who play instruments that are not covered by jazz studies students. There is an audition in the fall.

The Jazz combos are smaller jazz groups [small instrumental and/or vocal ensembles of 3-7 members each.] Jazz combos allow student musicians the opportunity to explore jazz composition, arranging, and improvisation in a more creative and interactive way than what is possible in larger ensembles. With three to seven musicians, Each combo may perform jazz standards, original student compositions or arrangements, contemporary jazz or world jazz music depending on the experience level of the players/singers, their interests, and the suggestions of their combo director.

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