Saxophones playing in jazz ensembles Image by Tory German

The Music Department offers many options for students to play jazz, coached by distinguished faculty. Most meet once a week and give a performance every semester.

Jazz Laboratory Ensemble, Coached by bass instructor, Charles Gabriel, explores everything from contemporary jazz to hard bop.  A recent concert focused on material from the Blue Note Label.  For more information contact Charles Gabriel via email:
Small Jazz Ensemble features guitars, keyboard and a rhythm section, coached by UML's own jazz great, Walt Platt. A recent concert featured compositions by well-known guitarists including Mike Stearn, John Scofield, Robben Ford and Pat Martino.  For more information contact Walt Platt via email:
Studio Orchestra, coached by Walt Platt, includes horns, saxes, guitars and a rhythm section.  A recent concert highlighted the more obscure compositions and arrangements by the likes of Wayne Shorter, Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard along with new music by Louis Cole and Moonchild.  For more information contact Walt Platt via email: