The mission of the CSU Northridge Jazz Studies program is: To guide each student toward artistic and practical success as a contemporary professional jazz musician. It achieves this mission by offering a progressive and innovative course curriculum spanning improvisation, theory, composition, performance, and jazz history, together with a commitment to developing strong mentoring relationships between students and faculty.
Working with top professionals from the very beginning of their college experience, students in the Jazz Studies Program learn not only technique and an expansive repertoire, but also the history and significance of jazz as a cultural force in this country and around the world. Due in part to its Los Angeles location - the heart of the nation’s music and recording industry - the CSU Northridge Jazz Studies Program is fortunate to have ability to offer its students regular concerts, clinics, and seminars with some of the world's greatest figures in jazz today.
The Jazz Studies Program offers a range of ensembles that challenge students to explore music beyond the boundary of the conventional “assignment” and continually strive to develop the highest levels of musical expression and appreciation. These ensembles include the Jazz “A” Big Band, which holds a record for taking first Place Awards at the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival each of the 13 times it competed between 1972 through 1996, and continues to be recognized as one of the finest collegiate jazz bands in the nation, having most recently won the 2010 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in the Collegiate Big Band division. Other top - caliber ensembles include the award-winning Studio Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Big Band, Latin Jazz Ensemble, vocal jazz ensemble, “Epicenter,” and an exciting new avant- garde group called the “NuVeau Art Ensemble”, featuring “cutting edge” compositions and creative ensemble configurations.
SEMINARS And GUEST ARTISTS
CSU Northridge Jazz believes that regular intense interaction with world-class master musicians is one of the most effective keys to continued growth, inspiration and innovation. It is with this commitment, and the special relationships with these artists, that clinics, private lessons, performances, and workshops with some of the world’s finest musicians are a common aspect of Jazz Studies at CSU Northridge.
Past guest performances and seminar appearances have included:
Freddie Hubbard-Artist in Residence, 2004-2005
John Patitucci, Dave Douglas, Ben Wendel, Kneebody, John Beasley, John Hollenbeck, Ralph Alessi, David Binney, Ray Brown, Branford Marsalis, Chris Potter, Bobby Shew, Dave Holland, Pete Christlieb, Peter Erskine, Steve Houghton, Billy Childs, Chuck Berghoffer, Bill Perkins, Bob Berg, George Gaffney, Al Mc Kibbon, John Pisano, John Heard, Jerry Steinholtz, Ronnie Kuber, Charlie Davis, Trey Henry, Tom Warrington, Earl Palmer, Brad Meldau, Vince Mendoza, Gary Foster, Putter Smith, Alan Broadbent, Walt Weiskopf, Tim Ries, Bob Florence, Eric Reed,
And many, many others...