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The UA Jazz Ensemble
The 2003 U of Arkansas Jazz Ensemble
Directed by James Greeson & Claudia Burson

The University of Arkansas Jazz Ensemble is an 18 piece jazz big band.  It is directed by Dr. James Greeson and the combos are led by Ms. Claudia Burson.  It is a one credit class (MUEN 1471 - 4471) which meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 11:30 - 12:20. An audition is required for admission.
If you are interested in being a part of the Jazz Ensemble get in touch with me by email:
Listen to a clip of UA Jazz Ensemble playing "Crusin' for a Bluesin'" on its April 2003 Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert (Real Audio - 460k)

Concert Information

UA Jazz Ensemble Concert - Friday, April 19, 2013
at 7:30 in the Arkansas Union Theater
featuring guest composer & saxophonist Greg Yasinitsky

Photo of Greg Yasinitsky

Gregory W. Yasinitsky, Regents Professor of Music and Director of the School of Music at Washington State University, has an international reputation as a composer, arranger and saxophonist. A recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer West, The Commission Project, Artist Trust, Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) and ASCAP, Yasinitsky has performed with Randy Brecker, Sean Jones, Ed Calle, Alex Acuna, Kirk Whalum, Claudio Roditi, Conrad Herwig, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, Manhattan Transfer, and many others. He also has written music especially for Clark Terry, Dave Liebman and the USAF "Airmen of Note" big band, with over 175 musical works published by Kendor Music, Belwin Jazz, Advance Music (Germany), Hal Leonard, Dorn, Walrus, UNC Jazz Press, Daniel Barry Publications and Sound Music Publications which are performed in over thirty countries world-wide. His compositions and saxophone playing can be heard on recordings released by Soul Note, Palo Alto Records, the Musical Heritage Society, Vienna Modern Masters, Arizona University Recordings, Open Loop Recordings and his own label, Yazz Recordings. Yasinitsky is a JodyJazz Artist, Yamaha performing artist and endorses Rico Reeds. Under Yasinitsky's leadership, the Washington State University Jazz Studies Program has received widespread recognition including awards from Down Beat magazine, invitations to perform at prestigious conferences and top awards at major jazz festivals.

UA Jazz Combos Concert - Sunday, March 31, 2013
in Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at the UA
at 6 pm

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Audio Files

Photo of Claudia Burson

Listen to a clip of UA Jazz Ensemble playing "Crusin' for a Bluesin'" 
(Real Audio - 460k)

Hear jazz pianist Claudia Burson playing "East of the Sun" with her trio.
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
(mp3 file - 512k)

Hear jazz guitarist James Greeson playing the Dizzy Gillespie classic "Night in Tunisia".
Night in Tunisia  (Real Audio 325k)

Demos of Jazz and Funk Tunes

Warm Breeze  (Sammy Nestico Band on YouTube)

Revival - by Jim Greeson - played by Fayetteville Jazz Collective

Yanomamo - by Jim Greeson - played by Fayetteville Jazz Collective

Greg Yasinitsky Charts for our April 19 concert

"Big Time" - played by the Washington State University Jazz Ensemble

Park City Express -  played by the Washington State University Jazz Ensemble

"Blue Note" mp3

Indiana mp3


UA Jazz Band at the WAC:

Switch in Time video

S'Wonderful video

Count Bubba video

Check out a Quicktime movie of the UA Jazz Band playing at the UA "Towers of Old Main" dinner (4.3 MB)
Here's a lower resolution Quicktime movie of the Jazz Band playing "Our Love is Here" (750k)

Practice Files for Solos
Jazz Band Solo Accompaniment Playalong Files in mp3 format 

Windows Users: Right Click on the title to download the MIDI file
MacUsers:  Click on the title and drag it to your desktop to download

Practice Playalong mp3s for the November 2012 concert


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The Summer Jazz Concert Series

The Summer Jazz Concert Series brings in fine jazz musicians from the across the United States to be featured with our local musicians including the fabulous Claudia Burson on piano, Darren Novotny on drums, Jim Greeson on bass, along with Al Gibson, Gerry Sloan, Larry Cangelosi and others.  Each summer there are five concerts and the admission charges are ridiculously low.

In past years we've featured such artists as Bobby Watson,  Charles Thomas, Fred Hamilton, Carol Comer, Lisa Henry, Rex Richardson & Tom Brantley, and many more.

The Summer Jazz Concerts are presented by the UA Music Department, NWAR Jazz Society and KUAF Radio.  Click here to see this summer's lineup...

Jazz Links

Jamey Aebersold Jazz  - a great source of improvisation materials
Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop - information and applications for a great one week jazz camp
A Jazz Primer  - a good resource by Marc Sabatella
North Arkansas Jazz Society our excellent local jazz support organization
PG - the home of the hugely useful "Band in a Box" software
Transcribe - Downloadable shareware software to help you transcribe music
University of Arkansas Home Page
Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation based in Little Rock - a nice site
International Association for Jazz Education a great organization with a killer annual conference
Walton Arts Center offering a fine jazz artist concert series

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