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

Open auditions for all students: August 29th 4:30pm-5:45pm and August 31st 4:30pm-5:45pm Location TBD

Director Ralph Guzzi can be contacted at rpg12@pitt.edu for questions.

Instrumentation: Standard Big Band









Auditions will be basically sit in with the band. Sight reading will be in sections. No prepared pieces are needed and improvisation is optional. Rhythm section players will need to demonstrate different playing styles.

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