The Georgia State University Jazz Studies Program is dedicated to providing practical career preparation for today’s professional musician. The Georgia State University Jazz Bands and Combos are open to all University students regardless of class standing or area of study. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to participate and are placed in groups according to the level of their abilities and experience. Although the top jazz ensembles are performance-oriented, certain performance quality standards will be expected of all performing groups. It is through performance that students can learn to judge musical values and apply what they have learned.
The Jazz Studies Program has been able to bring jazz artists of regional, national and international stature to Georgia State to perform and give masterclasses and clinics. Among these notable artists are Kenny Garrett, Marcus Roberts, Randy Brecker, David Sanchez, Slide Hampton, Nick Payton, Kenny Werner, Dave Douglas, Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Tim Hagans, Dick Oatts, Bobby Shew, Jimmy Heath, Clare Fischer, Joe Lovano and many others.
We attempt to instill an understanding of jazz, and our program offers a unique opportunity for the musician to find new modes of self-expression. The program is designed to develop the special talents of the creative jazz artist as well as the skills required to prepare for a career as a professional musician.