Festival Jazz Ensemble

Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr., Director

Founded in 1963 by Boston jazz icon Herb Pomeroy, this advanced 18 to 20-member big band/jazz ensemble performs traditional and contemporary jazz ensemble literature, including student compositions, and new works were written for the FJE by major jazz composers. Improvisation is a prominent part of the FJE experience. The ensemble’s instrumentation is 4-5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, piano, guitar, vibraphone, bass, and drums/percussion. Other instrumentalists interested in auditioning are encouraged to do so. The FJE performs four concerts per year and frequently features major jazz artists, such as Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Don Byron, Ran Blake, Steve Turre, Guillermo Klein, and Jason Moran. FJE (21M.442) may be taken for credit.



T/Th, 5:00-7:00pm