Jazz Combos

The Mason Jazz Combos are a vital part of the Jazz Studies curriculum. Directed by jazz pianist, Wade Beach, the combos provide students opportunities in improvisation, composition and arranging as well as small group performing experience.  The Mason Jazz Combos perform several times a semester and are open to instrumentalists and vocalists of all musical abilities.

Combo I, Fall 2017. Photo by Suzette Niess.

Spring 2018 Jazz Ensemble Auditions (current Mason students) 

  • Monday, January 22 (9am – 5pm) and Tuesday, January 23 (9am – 5pm) in PAB 336.
  • Instrumental Piece:  Four
  • Instrumentalists:  Play the melody for one chorus and improvise for two choruses. In addition there will be sight-reading on the audition. Please bring your own musical accompaniment/backing track for iPod, Phone or CD player. (Bring adapter if your phone does not have a headphone jack)
  • Vocalists:  Sing one song of your choice (jazz preferred), sight-read a solo musical line and sing a brief tonal melody test. Please bring your own musical accompaniment/backing track for either iPod, Phone or CD player.
  • Visit the SEATING PLACEMENT AUDITIONS page to sign up for an audition.
  • If all audition slots are filled, please e-mail Dr. Darden Purcell.

CONCERTS – Spring 2018 

  • Wednesday, March 21, 8pm:  Jazz Combos/Latin American Ensemble (de Laski 3001 – Free and open to the public) 
  • Wednesday, April 11, 8pm:  Jazz Combos/Steel Pan Ensemble (de Laski 3001 – Free and open to the public)

DEPARTMENTALS (12:30 – 1:20pm, Harris Theatre, MUSI 300 credit) 

  • Wednesday, February 21:  Jazz Combos 
  • Wednesday, March 7:  Jazz Combos

RECORDINGS

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Swing features the Mason Jazz Ensemble, Mason Jazz Combo I, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Traditional Jazz Ensemble, Steel Pan Ensemble and Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble.  Recorded by CFA Audio Engineer, Billy Kessinger, eighty-six (86) students participated in this project.  Purchase at www.cdbaby.com/cd/masonjazz, iTunes, Amazon or e-mail: dpurcel2@gmu.eduProceeds benefit the GMU Jazz Foundation for scholarships, internships, trips and future recordings. 

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