The UCSB Jazz Ensemble
Dr. Jon Nathan, director

this site last updated February 13, 2005
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University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Music

Music 47s/147s/247s
Tues/Thurs 4-6 P.M.
Tuesday Room 1250 • Thursday Room1145

The UCSB Jazz Ensemble is comprised entirely of full-time students at UCSB, both graduate and undergraduate, from such diverse disciplines as music, math, philosophy, and physics. During the past five years under Jon Nathan's direction, the band has performed at a variety of locations around campus, including the Chancellor's House, the UCEN's Hub, Storke Plaza, The Univeristy Art Museum, The Mulit-Cultural Center and the Annex. In past years, the band had as a guest artists bassist and UCSB music faculty member Nico Abondolo, trumpet sensation Jeff Elliott, vibraphonist John Magnussen, and Yellowjacket's bassist and co-founder Jimmy Haslip. In March of 2000, the ensemble was pleased to have as guest artist saxophonist Pete Christlieb, former member of the Tonight Show Orchestra and veteran studio musician. In Spring of 2001, the band hosted Chris Merz, composer/saxophonist, who is a faculty member in Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. More recently, the UCSB Jazz Ensemble invited trombonist Robin Eubanks (Winter, 2004), trumpet legend Bobby Shew (Winter, 2002) and alto saxophonist Kim Richmond (Winter, 2003) to share its stage.

In addition to our own events, we welcome artists brought in by UCSB Arts and Lectures to work with our students. Past workshops with these artists include saxophonist Victor Goines (Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), vibraphonist Stephon Harris, the Marcus Roberts Trio, saxophonist Justo Almario, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, and most recently saxophonist Joshua Redman (Music Director, San Francisco Jazz Collective). In addition we have hosted several "Meet the Artist" discussion made possible by Arts and Lectures, including Chucho Valdez, Joe Lovano, Cassandra Wilson, and Branford Marsalis. We thank Arts and Lectures and their community sponsors for making these events possible.

In recent years the UCSB Jazz Ensemble and Music Department hosted the 2002 Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Festival for what was arguably the most successful year in its 37 year history. The ensemble has also hosted performances by the Cal State Northridge "A" Band and the Cal State Los Angeles Jazz Ensemble, Jeff Benedict, director, as well as performing in the spring of 1998 with Chinese saxophonist and Regent's Lecturer (Black Studies) Fan Shengqi in a sold out concert at UCSB's MultiCultural Center Theatre. Also in the spring of 1998, the band received a travel grant from University of California's Inter Campus Arts which was used to fund the band's second appearance at UC Berkeley's annual Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival. In their first appearance atthat festival, the band took second place honors in the four-year college category. In past years, the ensemble has also given perfromances at the Santa Barbara High School Jazz Festival, Palo Alto High School, Dos Pueblos High School's Jazz Festival and in March of 1999, the ensemble appeared as a guest band at the Cal State Los Angeles Jazz Festival. In the ensemble's first appearance at the Reno Jazz Festival in the spring of 2000, the ensmble recieved great scores and placed 6th out of 15 in the very competitive Four Year College division. In addition, 4 students recieved certificates for outstanding musicianship and Psychology graduate student Elliot Waldron was named Outstanding Saxophone Soloist in the College Division. The band returned to the Reno festival last year and plans to return again in the spring of this year.

UCSB Jazz Ensemble 2004-2005

Ryan Kinkade ; alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
Emily Gogol: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
Joshua Kimball; tenor saxohone (W, S only)
Tyler Sussman; tenor saxophone
Devin Dominguez; baritone saxophone

Jeff Danciger
Joey Sorbo
Andrew Samuelson
Anthony Glema (W, S only)

Juan Aguayo, bass
Bryce Craig, lead
Ian Ryen
Nick Edwards (W, S only)

Rhythm Section
Jessica McAllister, vocals
Jonathan Ventura, piano
Chris Teeples, bass
David Landes, drums

Audition Information

Auditions for the 2004-5 academic year will be held during the first week of classes, from September 23 through September 27. Returning students should plan to audition AS SOON AS POSSIBLE hopefully before the first class meeting. Email me for audition times on Thursday Sept. 23 from Noon to 3:30. Audition sign up sheet for Tuesday evening and Wednesday audition slots will be available after the meeting mentioned below. ALL interested students, whether new or returning, should plan to be attend an informational class meeting on Tuesday September 23 at 4:00 PM in Music room 1250. This WILL be a playing opportunity so please bring your instruments.

Audition Times:

Returning and new students: Thursday, September 23 (Noon-3:30 PM) Thursday, September 23 (7-10 PM)

New Students only: Tuesday, September 28 (10 AM-1 PM)

Auditions for the Jazz Ensemble will be closed after that point. I may hold additional auditions for combos only on Thursday, September 30 by appointment only. After this date I will not consider any additional requests. Vocalists should plan to audition by this day.

Audition Results for Jazz Ensemble will be posted Tuesday September 28 by 1:30 PM and first full rehearsal will take place that same day. Combo assignments will be posted as soon as possible thereafter. Most likely you will know the previous evening by email or phone call.

Important note: students interested in combo performance only should plan to submit an accurate class schedule (not work or social calendar unless both those things are not changeable except under extreme situations) no later than their official audition.

Jazz at UCSB consists of a large ensemble (big band) as well as a number of combos of varying experience level. An effort is made to place every person who auditions into a suitable playing environment. Please consult the Audition materials page for detailed information about the audition. The required excerpt will be available in the Music Department Main Office by Monday September 13. For more information, please contact Jon Nathan at