Faculty of Music

Jazz Ensemble

jazz ensemble photo

Director: Kevin Watson

The Western University Jazz Ensemble performs music that encompasses virtually all styles and eras of jazz, encompassing classic repertory from the legendary bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie as well as music from contemporary writers such as Maria Schneider, Wycliff Gordon, and Geoffrey Keezer. The ensemble’s mission is to provide students with the performance skills and pedagogical knowledge needed for successful careers as creative jazz artist-teachers. The ensemble seeks to achieve musical excellence in a professional environment with high expectations.


Audition required. Open to all Western University students. Complete information and audition excerpts can be found here.

 All wind, brass and percussion students planning to audition for this ensemble should complete and bring this form to their audition.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

View course outline for more information or visit the MPS general ensemble information page.

Performances (2016/2017):

Thursday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.
Wolf Hall, London Public Library, 251 Dundas St., London
Movin' Uptown

Friday, December 2, 8:00 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Friday, February 17, 12:30 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, March 2, 7:00 p.m.
Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., London
Western Performs! The Jazz Ensemble, featuring special guest vocalist Sonja Gustafson, partners with students and faculty from the SASAH program as part of "Western Performs!" SASAH Concert Series.

Sunday, March 5, 2:00 p.m.
London Jazz Society, Mocha Shrine Centre, 468 Colborne St., London
Traditions: Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Doris Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund Awards which are presented annually to deserving members of the Western University Jazz Ensemble.  This event is generously sponsored by the London Jazz Society. Tickets at the door or visit londonjazzsociety.ca for details

Thursday, March 30, 8:00 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College