Students perform in both jazz combo and big band settings.
The jazz program at Georgia State has a rich tradition of bringing esteemed guest artists and composers to collaborate with jazz students. Notable figures who have worked with the program include Jeff “Tain” Watts, Miguel Zenón, Etienne Charles, Mike Holober and Tom Scott.
Jazz students actively engage in Atlanta’s vibrant music scene, showcasing their talents and honing their skills through performances at various jazz venues and events across the city, like the 2023 Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Atlanta Visitor’s Bureau Luncheon.
Students receive personalized attention through one-on-one lessons with the esteemed faculty. This individualized instruction allows students to delve deeply into their chosen instrument or area of study, receiving valuable mentorship and guidance from experienced jazz educators.
Students in jazz studies have a variety of career opportunities. Some graduates begin playing professionally either as a soloist or in a group following their collegiate experience. Other opportunities include studio work as performers and writers, or freelance work.
Those interested in pursuing a professional career as a performer usually continue directly into graduate study upon completing the undergraduate degree. The same is true of students interested in securing a position as a jazz studies teacher at a college or university.
The jazz faculty at Georgia State comprises a talented and diverse group of accomplished musicians and educators. With a wealth of professional experience and expertise, they bring a dynamic and comprehensive approach to jazz education.
Committed to nurturing the artistic growth of their students, the faculty members at Georgia State’s jazz program provide personalized mentorship, guidance and instruction, preparing aspiring musicians for successful careers in the ever-evolving world of jazz music.