Yale Jazz Ensemble


Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Stephanie Hubbard, Business Manager

The Yale Jazz Ensemble, a seventeen-piece big band, performs a wide variety of music, from classic pieces from golden age of the big band to pieces, including those from Yale’s Benny Goodman archive , to the newest, most progressive jazz compositions. The Ensemble has performed in the United States and internationally at such noted venues as New York’s Village Vanguard, Iridium Jazz Club, and Dizzy’s Club; Boston’s Scullers Club, and London’s Ronnie Scott’s. The YJE has played with or opened for the Mingus Big Band, the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, the World Saxophone Quartet, Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Owens, and Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, and Wayne Escoffery.

While the YJE offers the college big band experience primarily to undergraduates, graduate students and other members of the Yale community often can be included in the group.

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Click here for audition information for the 2021-22 Yale Jazz Ensemble.

Want to know more about who we are and what we do? Check out the FAQ for a basic idea as to who we are and what we do, or fill out an interest form.

Alumni: Visit the Alumni page for more information