Jazz Ensembles

jazz ensemble


Ralph Guzzi

Yoko Suzuki

Pitt Jazz offers an opportunity for all undergraduate students to audition for the big band jazz ensemble and/or enroll in the small jazz ensemble class. The Pitt Jazz Ensemble regularly performs at music venues during each semester off and on campus. They host a fall and spring concert fearuring notable jazz performers, monthly jam sessions featuring local musicians and an adjudicated student big band festival each February.

History: The Jazz Ensemble was founded in the early days of Dr. Davis’ tenure as director with less than a dozen musicians. Since that time, the group has grown in both number and stature. Within three years of its formation, the Pitt Jazz Ensemble had risen from performing locally to performing at the internationally known Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. The jazz ensemble has also toured the Southern United States, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.

Big Band

Auditions for Fall 2020 (Auditions are now closed)

Open to all students:

August 24th 5pm-6pm and August 26th 5pm-6pm Via Zoom. Must schedule an audition time, email rpg12@pitt.edu.

You can elso submit an unedited video to rpg12@pitt.edu.

Instrumentation - Standard Big Band









Click Here to download excerpts for your instrument

Zoom Auditions will be 3 sections (allow 5-8 minutes)

Part 1: Perform a prepared piece of your choosing up to 2 min. (this can be with a backing track if you choose)

Part 2: Play each of the short excerpts selected for your instrument from box folder 

Part 3: Optional improvised solo (this too can be with a backing track)

Video submissions should be same process as above.

Small Jazz Ensemble

Students can enroll in the small jazz ensemble class, Music 0673 + 2740. Email Dr. Yoko Suzuki for more information.


jazz ensemble playing