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Jazz Combos

Jazz Combos
Jazz Combos

Jazz Combos at Sacramento State University provide a creative outlet for the beginning improviser as well as the advanced. Under the guidance and direction of the Sacramento State Jazz Faculty, students work together within assigned combos to develop proficiency in the art & craft of jazz improvisation and small group jazz ensemble playing. Groups are often organized according to themes, where the repertoire of a specific jazz composer or genre is addressed.

To prepare students for professional performance situations, the memorization of standard jazz repertoire is expected. Combos perform frequently on and off campus for a variety of different functions and events. Music majors, non-music majors and students enrolled through the College of Extended Studies may participate in the Sac State Jazz Combos.

The course number for Jazz Combos is MUSC 144I.

Placement in ensembles is by audition only. View the Ensemble Auditions page for more info. Auditions for all instrumental jazz performing groups at Sacramento State are held the Friday prior to the start of the fall semester.