Duke Jazz Program

The performance aspect of the Duke Jazz Program, directed by John Brown, includes the Duke Jazz Ensemble and the Duke Jazz Combos.

The Duke Jazz Ensemble is comprised of some twenty musicians presenting a full schedule of concerts each year, in which they are joined by guest artists who have included jazz greats Louie Bellson, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Ellis Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, T.S. Monk, and Branford Marsalis.

Duke Jazz Combos give musicians the opportunity to work in smaller groups and perform in more informal settings.

Students may participate in either the Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Combos, or both.

At the audition, students should demonstrate competence in performance on a musical instrument or in voice.

Jazz Ensemble Concerts, 2014-2015:

  • Friday, October 24, 8 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Duke Jazz Ensemble — John Brown, director
    Family Weekend Concert with the Duke Djembe Ensemble —Bradley Simmons, director
    $10 general / students free; tickets.duke.edu
  • Friday, December 5, 8 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Duke Jazz Ensemble — John Brown, director
    $10 general / $5 senior citizens / students free; tickets.duke.edu
  • Sunday, February 15, 3 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Annual Valentine's Day concert featuring the Duke Jazz Ensemble, North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble and UNC-Chapel Hill Jazz Ensemble
    $10 general / students & senior citizens free;
  • Thursday, February 19, 8 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Duke Jazz Ensemble — John Brown, director
    with guest artist Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocalist
    $10 general / $5 senior citizens / students free; tickets.duke.edu
  • Friday, April 17, 8 pm, Reynolds Industries Theater, Bryan Center
    Duke Jazz Ensemble — John Brown, director
    with guest artist Ron Carter, bass
    $10 general / $5 senior citizens / students free; tickets.duke.edu

    • Jazz Ensemble rehearsal
    • Photo Credit: Duke University Photography

John Brown, director

    • John Brown


Jazz Ensemble:  Monday and Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Jazz Combos:  Tuesday, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

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