Traditional Jazz Ensemble

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.


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!”



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