Jazz Ensemble

Jazz ensemble

Artistic Director

Kevin Watson


Audition required. Open to all Western University students.

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Tuesdays & Thursdays
7:00 - 9:00pm

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Winds, Brass & Percussion at Western

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.

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2021-22 Performances

Joining us on campus for an in-person event? For always-up-to-date health and safety protocols, check our Audience Information webpage before you leave home.

Thursday, December 2 | 7:30pm (1 hour duration)
Paul Davenport Theatre
“Return to Swing”
Our first concert of the year will feature our trademark eclectic mix of classic and contemporary works by artists such as Bobby Timmons, Hank Mobley, Pat Metheny, and (of course!) Duke Ellington.

Thursday, January 27 | 7:30pm – CANCELLED
Wolf Hall, 251 Dundas St, London
“Movin’ Downtown”
The Western Jazz Ensemble heads off campus to perform at the beautiful Wolf Hall in downtown London’s Central Public Library.

Thursday, February 17 | 12:30pm – CANCELLED
Paul Davenport Theatre
Always a high energy event, our February noon-hour concert is an opportunity for students from area schools to experience a live Jazz Ensemble concert. Arrive early if you want a seat!

Sunday, March 6 | 2pmCANCELLED
Mocha Shrine Center, 468 Colborne St, London
Our annual performance in gratitude for the generous support of the London Jazz Society. 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. 

Thursday, March 24 | 7:30pm (90 minute duration)
Paul Davenport Theatre
Join us as we celebrate our graduating musicians as they perform their final concert with the Western University Jazz Ensemble.

Performance Excerpts

“Vine Street Rumble”, Benny Carter
Conductor, Dr. Thompson


Excerpt from: “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, Don Gibson/Arr. Quincy Jones
Conductor, Dr. Thompson

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