Jazz Studies


Paquito D'Rivera at the Rialto Theatre

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 a 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 master classes 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.

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.

What makes our jazz program unique?

• Our campus is in the heart of downtown Atlanta

• We are part of a thriving, vibrant music scene

• Emphasis on small ensembles

• Study with Grammy award winning and nominated faculty

Notable alumni include: Sam Skelton, Lizz Wright, Kenny Banks, Coy Bowles, Sonny Emory, Joe Gransden, Dave Engelhardt, James King, Gary Motley, Marcus Printup, Kevin Bales, Oliver Santana, Darren English


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