Yale Jazz Ensembles
Wayne Escoffery, Director
The Yale Jazz Ensembles combine the combo and “big band” styles of jazz and present a variety of music from all styles of the genre: from classic pieces from the golden age of the big band to standards — including those from Yale’s Benny Goodman archive — to the newest, most progressive jazz compositions. The YJE 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 offer a jazz performing experience primarily to undergraduates, graduate students and other members of the Yale community often can be included in the group.
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