Small jazz ensembles
The VCU small jazz ensembles represent the historical heart and constantly changing future of jazz — the combo. Depending on enrollment, the jazz program typically offers a half-dozen small jazz ensembles of varying experience levels and sizes, up to tentets. One such ensemble can be heard on the jazz program’s latest CD, “A Joyful Noise.” Some ensembles have toured locally, regionally or nationally in various years and have appeared with a long list of acclaimed musicians.
While the majority of the students are typically music majors, occasionally students from elsewhere on campus merit a small jazz ensemble chair. Consistent with VCU Jazz’s mission statement, these ensembles perform a body of work that spans from past jazz masters to current student compositions and arrangements, covering a wide range of styles that will prepare students for their future careers.