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WSU Jazz Big Bands


WSU Jazz Big BandBecause of the pandemic, all instruction for fall 2020 will be online. The Jazz Big Bands will be virtual, recording ensembles, making recordings like Flatten That Curve recorded last spring, watch here. For more info, see the right side of this page.

The award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band has received national-level praise. Jack Bowers, writing for the blog All About Jazz, says that WSU is recognized for “high caliber big band jazz.” He goes on to say that the big bands at WSU understand “the importance of color, dynamics and unison, each of which is present in abundance,” and that they “never lose sight of what big bands are all about, namely swinging, regardless of mood or tempo.” He continues by exclaiming that “these bands mean business.”

Students playing jazz saxophonesWSU has been described by Jazziz magazine as one of the “best educational institutions for jazz.” Ensembles and individuals have received awards from Down Beat magazine and top honors at major festivals, including numerous first-place awards at the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. WSU groups regularly present invited performances at prestigious conferences. Additionally they tour, record, and perform with distinguished guest artists. Guests have included saxophonists Ed Calle, Jeff Coffin, and Ernie Watts; vocalists Kevin Mahogany and Rebecca Parris; vibist Gary Burton; and many others.

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Stduent playing saxophone

WSU has two big bands. The top group, the award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band, is directed by Regents Professor Greg Yasinitsky

The Jazz Big Band’s latest CD is Singular Vision. Listen here

Watch video and listen to WSU Jazz Studies recordings

Watch video from WSU Jazz Festivals

Jazz Big Bands for Fall 2020

Because of the pandemic, WSU Jazz Big Bands for fall 2020 will be virtual, recording ensembles, making recordings like Flatten That Curve recorded last spring, watch here. This will be an exciting semester as band members will be learning up to date skills in remote recording, the same kind of recording which is being done for current studio work, television and movie production. Band members will have the opportunity to learn more about audio and video production, and about how to direct a virtual ensemble online. We certainly hope you will consider auditioning.

Audition Sign Up and Guidelines

Auditions for jazz big bands and combos will be online. Please click on the link below to learn more about the audition requirements. Students must submit their online audition recordings by Friday August 21 at 11:59 PM. We are looking forward to hearing your auditions!

Jazz Audition Requirements

For More Information about Auditions and Jazz at WSU, Please Fill Out the Google Form by Clicking Here


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