Jazz Ensemble

Director: Kevin Watson

The Western University Jazz Ensemble performs music that encompasses virtually all styles and eras of jazz, encompassing classic repertory from the legendary bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie as well as music from contemporary writers such as Maria Schneider, Wycliff Gordon, and Geoffrey Keezer. The ensemble’s mission is to provide students with the performance skills and pedagogical knowledge needed for successful careers as creative jazz artist-teachers. The ensemble seeks to achieve musical excellence in a professional environment with high expectations.


Audition required. Open to all Western University students. Complete information and audition excerpts can be found here.

 All wind, brass and percussion students planning to audition for this ensemble should complete and bring this form to their audition.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

View course outline for more information or visit the MPS general ensemble information page.

Performances (2017/2018):

When Jazz Meets Symphony
Tuesday, October 24, 8:00 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre

Joint concert with the Western University Symphony Orchestra.
Jazz Ensemble first half (before intermission), Symphony Orchestra second half

$15/$10 (general/students and seniors)
Purchase online or call the Grand Theatre Box Office at 519-672-8800. Cash only at the door.

Things to Come
Tuesday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
Wolf Hall, London Public Library, 251 Dundas St., London
Free Admission

Sunday, February 11, 2 p.m.
London Jazz Society, Mocha Shrine Centre, 468 Colborne St., London

Special guests: TVDSB Honour Jazz Band. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Doris Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund Awards which are presented annually to deserving members of the Western University Jazz Ensemble. This event is generously sponsored by the London Jazz Society.

Tickets – contact the London Jazz Society http://www.londonjazzsociety.ca/ for ticket information and pricing. Member and non-member pricing available.

Western Performs!
Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m. (New Date!)
(Rescheduled from: Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m.)
Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., London
Free Admission

Thursday, March 22, 8:00 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
Free Admission