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Jazz Studies Department
Patrick Langham
Director of Jazz Studies
Conservatory of Music
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Pacific Jazz Ensemble

Whether you prefer playing in a large jazz ensemble or small combo, the greatest American art form is alive and well at University of the Pacific through a variety of learning and performance opportunities dedicated to improvisation and the exploration of jazz.

Participation in the jazz ensembles is open to all Pacific students. Auditions are required.

Pacific Jazz Ensemble

A big band in the tradition of Duke Ellington and Count Basie that not only performs the classics but also embraces the music of contemporary composers and arrangers. The Pacific Jazz Ensemble has an impressive list of credentials having been invited several times to perform at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA. Read more about our awards here

Besides traveling to schools and jazz festivals, members also have the opportunity to work with numerous guest artists and clinicians. Jazz masters in residence often spend a week as guest directors of PJE while giving clinics and master classes to interested Pacific students. Recent guest artists include:

  • Ndugu Chancellor
  • Conrad Herwig
  • Benny Maupin
  • Christian McBride
  • Joshua Redman
  • Bill Smith
  • Conservatory alumnus Dave Brubeck '42 and the Dave Brubeck Quartet were also regular visitors.

Jazz Combos

Members are grouped according to ability so that everyone has a chance to grow together and learn both the fundamentals and intricacies of jazz improvisation. Many students perform in local venues sharpening their skills and gaining valuable real-life experience.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Pacific Vocal Jazz Ensemble includes 7-12 singers, piano, bass and drums. The students perform music ranging from jazz standards to original compositions. The group has performed locally and at Reno, Sacramento State and Monterey jazz festivals. The students have had the opportunity to work with Mary Stallings and Aubrey Logan, Dee Daniels and Cyrille Aimée.

Program Faculty
Patrick Langham, Program Director for Jazz Studies
Randi Sandoli, Lecturer and Assistant Director in Jazz Studies