The Penn Jazz Ensembles consists of small (3-6 member) jazz ensembles which meet weekly for rehearsals coached by professional Philadelphia-based jazz musicians. Repertoire is extremely varied and includes early jazz, 1950's-era straight ahead jazz, Cuban jazz, vocal jazz, jazz arrangements of current popular music, and other styles. Instrumental performance and improvisation are emphasized but vocalists are welcomed.
Students are encouraged and supported in bringing their own compositions and arrangements for their ensemble to play; instruction in arranging is a main focus during rehearsals. The more advanced ensembles have the option of focusing on music production, recording, and mixing in addition to preparing for their performances.
The ensembles are grouped by students' level of jazz experience. Each semester culminates in a recital featuring the best work from each ensemble.
Rehearsals for Jazz Ensembles are by appointment.
Dan Paul (SAS '02) is a jazz pianist and keyboardist, composer, and music producer. His career in NYC, Philadelphia, and DC has included performances, recordings, and collaborations with LL Cool J, Dave Kline, Zedicus, Lars Halle, The Half of It, Mike Taylor, Nila Kay, Tosin Aribisala, Andrew Neu, Bobby Rydell, and Jill Scott.