Traditional Jazz Ensemble

Congratulations to the Mason Tradition Jazz Ensemble on their grand opening of the new Music Library in Fenwick Library!  Read the Article here: “Music library’s move met with music, fanfare!”

The Mason Traditional Jazz Ensemble, established in 2013, performs in the early styles of jazz, concentrating on polyphonic ensemble playing in the New Orleans tradition.  Students participating in the Ensemble gain an understanding of the various stylistic approaches within this aspect of the jazz genre, and learn how to be creative and self-expressive while employing the harmonic and rhythmic language pioneered by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke and other early giants.  These early jazz styles remain relevant and exciting today.  Mason is one of the few universities in the country offering an in-depth improvisation experience within the language of traditional (“trad”) jazz.  The MTJE plays for concerts and events on campus each semester.

CONCERTS – Spring 2017

  • Sat. February 25th, 6pm:  Friends of Music Mardi Gras Gala (de Laski 3001. Contact Alice Magelssen-Green for event details)
  • March 23rd, 1:30pm:  Fenwick Library Music Library Grand Opening Celebration
  • Wed. April 19th, 8pm:  Jazz Combos/Traditional Jazz Ensemble (de Laski 3001 – Free and Open to the public)

DEPARTMENTAL – Spring 2017 

  • Wed. April 5th:  Traditional Jazz Ensemble (12:30pm – 1:20pm – de Laski 3001, free and open to the public. MUSI 300 credit.) 





Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 9.47.13 AM(Dave Robinson discussing his Traditional Jazz Curriculum Kit at the Jazz Education Network Conference)