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Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program: Serious About America’s Music - JAZZ!


The University of Louisville School of Music is pleased to be the home of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program. Established in 1985, the program was named for Mr. Aebersold in 2000. Mr. Aebersold, a recently retired faculty member, is one of the leading proponents of jazz education and largest publisher of jazz education materials in the world. Additionally, the School of Music has hosted the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops since 1977. The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program is
recognized throughout the nation and world for its commitment to quality and innovative programs.

The latest addition to our jazz degrees is a Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Jazz Performance. This degree will offer students a complete undergraduate jazz experience. Other jazz degrees offered at the School of Music include a Master*s degree in Performance with a Concentration in Jazz and a Bachelor of Arts degree with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies. A Bachelor of Arts degree with an Emphasis in Music Industry is also offered. Scholarship assistance is available for graduate and undergraduate students wishing to focus their study in jazz.

The program features extended residencies by leading jazz artists as well as a continuation of the exciting annual Jazz Week every February which features a week long celebration of jazz with concerts, workshops, and clinics. Founded in 1992, Jazz Week, now known as Jazz Fest & more.... is an event that regularly features some of the biggest names in the jazz world including Dave Brubeck Quartet, Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, McCoy Tyner Trio, Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Billy Taylor, Michael Brecker, Clark Terry, Paquito D*Rivera, Ahmad Jamal Trio, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Roy Haynes Quartet, Jon Hendricks and Marian McPartland just to name a few of the recent guest artists. Jazz Fest & more.... 2007/08 featured Dave Brubeck Quartet, Chick Corea, Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion, Dick Oatts, Byron Stripling and more. Jazz Fest & more... 2008/09 will feature NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Lee Konitz, flutist Jimmy Walker, Dave Samuels (vibes), Army Blues, saxophonist Pat La Barbera and many more. Other artists who have appeared at the School of Music include Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, James Moody, Marcus Printup, Jerry Bergonzi, Bud Shank, Terell Stafford, Roland Vazquez Ensemble, Joe La Barbera, Eric Alexander, Antonio Hart, Kenny Werner Trio, Jeff Hamilton Trio, and Peter Erskine Trio.

The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program is one of only a few prestigious institutions in the United States selected to participate in an international music exchange sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress; support for the Open World cultural program is also provided through partnership and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Jazz Studies Program played host to three hand-selected groups of jazz musicians and jazz educators from throughout Russia. The goal was to afford these fine musicians and educators the opportunity to experience life in America with a special focus on jazz. In addition to home stays with area families, visiting local places of interest and witnessing our political process in action, their experience included taking lessons; participating in master classes; playing alongside our musicians in rehearsals, performance, jam and recording sessions; listening to jazz in a variety of venues and much more. In addition to UofL Jazz faculty, our guests worked with Chick Corea, Paquito D*Rivera, the Heath Brothers (Percy, Jimmy and Tootie), Jon Hendricks, David Baker, Jamey Aebersold, and pianist Harry Pickens to mention but a few.

Student and faculty groups, from a quintet to more than forty, have toured and performed in numerous foreign countries. These countries include Brazil, England, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Russia, and Wales. In addition to our continued interaction with Russian musicians, there are exchange programs currently in place with the Akademia Muzyczna in Katowice, Poland and the Central Conservatorium of Music in MacKay, Australia. Exchanges with institutions in Brazil, Argentina and Equador are being developed. Finally, the Jazz Faculty presented extended workshops in Sao Paulo and Brasilia during 2008.

The prestigious faculty includes Professor John LaBarbera, an alumnus of the Buddy Rich Band and a national figure among active jazz composers and arrangers, recently receiving a Grammy nomination for his recording On The Wild Side; saxophonist and Fulbright Senior Specialist Mike Tracy, who is Director of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program, Professor of Music and the author of Jazz Piano Voicings for the Non-Pianist and co-author of Pocket Changes and Pocket Changes II; Associate Professor Jerry Tolson (saxophonist and vocalist), who performs regionally with three of his own professional groups including a big band and a contemporary jazz ensemble and is an active composer/arranger as well; and pianist/bassist Chris Fitzgerald, an extraordinary performer, composer and educator. Trumpeter Anysn Banks, Assistant Professor, joined our faculty in 2006. Mr. Banks is a gifted instrumentalist and educator, currently completing his DMA in Trumpet Pedagogy at Indiana University. Additional faculty include Tyrone Wheeler, lecturer of jazz bass who is known for his work with numerous local and regional groups and can be heard on numerous Jamey Aebersold Play-Along CDs; pianist Jim Connerley, an outstanding performer and educator; Craig Wagner, a fantastic guitarist who is at home playing contemporary and traditional jazz styles; and drummer Jason Tiemann, an exceptional performer with extensive teaching experience. In addition, each of the faculty are active regionally, nationally and internationally as educators, adjudicators and performers in such recognized at workshops as the Skidmore Jazz Institute and the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.


 Michael A. Tracy, Director
 Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program
 University of Louisville - School of Music
 Louisville, KY 40292
 502 852 6032 office
 502 852 0520 fax


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Shown in the photo from left to right: Jason Tiemann, John La Barbera, Jim Connerley, Craig Wagner, Chris Fitzgerald, Ansyn Banks, Tyrone Wheeler, Mike Tracy, Jerry Tolson

Ansyn Banks - Jazz Trumpet
Jim Connerley - Jazz Piano
Chris Fitzgerald - Jazz Piano/Bass, Jazz Theory
John La Barbera -Jazz Trumpet, Jazz Arranging and Composition
Jason Tiemann - Jazz Drum Set
Jerry Tolson - Jazz Vocal, Jazz History and Styles
Mike Tracy - Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Repertoire, Director
Craig Wagner - Jazz Guitar
Tyrone Wheeler - Jazz Bass

Graduates of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program


Degree & Course Offerings

Undergraduate Degree
Graduate Degree

Entrance Requirements
Undergraduate and Masters program entrance requirements.

Graduate Jazz Recital Requirements
Graduate jazz recital requirements for Composition/Arranging and Jazz Studies.

Jazz Course Offerings
View the course listings for each of the following degree programs.

View all the jazz ensembles available to students studying jazz at the School of Music.


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