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 Meeting and Jam
There is an important meeting at the start of the Fall 2018 term in Fulton Rehearsal Hall for anyone interested in Jazz performance. Audition materials will be distributed and audition sign-up instructions will be given at this meeting. A Jam Session will immediately follow the meeting. Bring your instrument! Date of the Meeting and Jam will be posted here in August 2018.
Jazz Band, Jazz Combo & Applied Music Program Jazz auditions for the Fall 2017 semester will take place in Professor Matthew McGarrell's office, Orwig 309, at the start of the semester. Stay tuned for dates and sign-up details.
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).