Jazz at Brown

Jazz Band
MUSC 0630/0631
Matthew McGarrell, Director

Jazz at Brown

Jazz at Brown has a history as old as the style itself. Alumni who played with earlier Brown jazz groups include Red Balaban, '51, former owner of Eddie Condon's and Jimmy Ryan's Jazz Clubs in New York, trombonist Stan Vincent, '57' of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band. In recent years the jazz program at Brown has grown to include instrumental instruction, courses in history, transcription and analysis, composition and arranging, and improvisation, an eighteen member big band, and combos, all available for academic credit. Jazz musicians of the highest caliber such as Associate Professor Dana Gooley, Ed Tomassi, Ron SanFilippo, Paul Mason, Dave Zinno, Bill Vint, Francisco Pais, Yvonne Monnett, and Paul Kolesnikow teach these courses and offer private instruction in our Applied Music Program.

Jazz Auditions

Auditions for all instruments consist of playing the prepared piece (2 to 3 minutes of a jazz head or transcribed solo), scales, sight reading and improvising on the blues changes (accompanied by a recording of a rhythm section). For details on your instrument, click the link here:


Questions? Contact
[email protected]

(401) 863-3763
Orwig Rm. 309