Whether you prefer playing in a large jazz ensemble or a small combo, the greatest American art form is alive and well at University of the Pacific. You will have a chance to explore jazz through a variety of learning and performance opportunities with Jazz Studies faculty and nationally renowned guest artists. Participation in the jazz ensembles is open to all Pacific students by audition.
Pacific Jazz Ensemble
A big band in the tradition of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, the ensemble performs the classics and embraces the music of contemporary composers & arrangers. They have an impressive list of credentials having been invited several times to play at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA.
Members are grouped according to ability so that everyone has a chance to grow together and learn both the fundamentals and intricacies of jazz improvisation. Many students perform in local venues sharpening their skills and gaining valuable real-life experience.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Pacific Vocal Jazz Ensemble includes 7-12 singers, piano, bass and drums. They perform music in various genres ranging from jazz standards to original compositions, locally and at jazz festivals along the west coast. Most recently the ensemble played at the Reno Jazz Festival and Monterey's Next Generation Jazz Festival.
Pacific Jazz Collective performs an original composition "Winter Dance" by Zach Bushey '22 (BM, Jazz Studies, saxophone). Students in jazz combos have many opportunities to play to live audiences in local venues or in the Conservatory's off-campus Take 5 Jazz Club.
Despite being one of newest jazz ensembles at Pacific, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble was selected as a finalist at Monterey's Next Generation Jazz Festival in 2019. Ensemble member Ryan Clark '19 earned an Outstanding Soloist Award in the College Vocal Jazz Ensemble Division.