UA 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to a clip of UA Jazz Ensemble playing "Crusin' for a Bluesin'" on its April 2003 Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert (Real Audio - 460k)
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.
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Listen to a clip of UA Jazz
Ensemble playing "Crusin'
for a Bluesin'"
Hear jazz pianist Claudia
Burson playing "East of the Sun" with her trio.
Hear jazz guitarist James
Greeson playing the Dizzy Gillespie classic "Night in
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
UA Jazz Band at
Switch in Time 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
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...
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 Music.com - 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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