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Jazz Bands

jazz band

Jazz at Southeast Missouri State University has been active for more than 20 years and consists of both big-band and combo-performance opportunities. Classes also are available in jazz improvisation, jazz theory, and history. Southeast has two jazz ensembles, including both music majors and non-majors. Auditions for membership in the Jazz Studio will take place during the first week of classes in the fall semester.

Jazz Studio Rehearsal Time:

  • Monday and Wednesday / 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. / Cultural Arts Center 155 (Auditioned)

Jazz Lab Rehearsal Time:

  • Tuesday and Thursday / 2:30 - 3:20 p.m. / Cultural Arts Center 155 (Non-Auditioned)
 

Audition Procedure

Sign Up: for your audition time via the audition materials folder. Auditions will be held in CAC 155.

Be Prepared: Be sure to arrive on time for your audition, warmed up, and ready to play your instrument. Practice rooms are available.

Jazz Events

  • Conversations from the Soul
    October 14, 7:30 p.m. / $15
    Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall
    Southeast Jazz Lab & Studio Ensembles will present a program of jazz tunes combining elements of rhythm and blues, gospel, and soul music, popularized by African Americans. We look forward to you joining us as we embark in this musical conversation.
  • 23rd Annual Clark Terry Jazz Festival
    February 4 - 5, 8:00am - 5:00 p.m. / FREE
    Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall
    Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present the 23rd Annual Clark Terry Jazz/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival on February 4-5, 2022.
  • 23rd Annual Clark Terry Jazz Festival Gala Concert
    February 4, 7:30 p.m. / $15
    Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall
    Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present the 23rd Annual Clark Terry Jazz/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival on February 4-5, 2021, Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. The evening concert will feature the Southeast Jazz ensembles.
  • Big Band Christmas Jukebox
    December 3-4. 7:30 p.m. / $25
    Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall
    A festive collaboration featuring the talents of students in the Department of Music and the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance.
  • Cubop
    April 12, 7:30 p.m. / $15
    Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall
    In the final concert of the Jazz season, the Southeast’s Jazz Lab and Studio Ensembles will pay a tribute to the late Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, and Kenny Dorham among others showcasing Afro/Cuban and Latin jazz styles combining it’s African, Latin American and Cuban influences
  • Celebrate the Arts
    May 5, 7:30 p.m. / $25
    Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall
    An evening featuring music, theatre and dance performances and exhibited student art benefiting international and national performance tours for Southeast students.

The Jazz Program at Southeast

The department has two big bands, Studio Jazz and the Jazz Lab Band. Students who are interested in auditioning for Studio Jazz should have prior experience in a jazz program, woodwind doubling skills (saxes only) and solo experience. The Jazz Lab Band is open to all students (no audition required) with an interest in improving their skills in big band jazz and improvisation. Improvisation skills are developed in this ensemble, although they are not required as a pre-requisite. Jazz Combos are groups of jazz student musicians committed to the performance of small-group jazz improvisation. These groups perform at various University and community social events throughout the academic year.

Nashville Recording Trip 2017

For more information about the Jazz Bands at Southeast Missouri State University, contact director Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson, jjefferson@semo.edu or (573) 651-2398.

Contact

573.651.2141
bdelph@semo.edu
River Campus Seminary 254
Department of Music
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701