Large Jazz Ensembles

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The Frost Jazz Orchestra performing with Brian Lynch
The Studio Music and Jazz Department at the Frost School of Music features four large jazz ensembles. They are comprised of the typical instrumentation: 4-5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxes, and a rhythm section. Everyone records and performs on a regular basis.

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The award-winning Frost Jazz Orchestra is renowned for its outstanding musicianship, inspired performances, soloists, and well-crafted original arrangements. Under the direction of Dr. John Daversa, Frost Jazz Orchestra has traveled the country, won countless awards, and produced original albums such as Justin Morell Concerto for Jazz Guitar and Jazz Orchestra featuring Adam Rogers and Europa: Explorations for Large Jazz Ensemble.
The  Frost Studio Jazz Band (SJB), under the direction of Etienne Charles, is an outstanding ensemble that performs classic big band repertoire as well as compositions and arrangements by their own members and preeminent artists on the jazz scene today.

The Latin Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dafnis Prieto, features a full big band with Latin percussion and a group of singers. This ensemble explores the Afro-Cuban culture and traditional rhythms and blends them with other influences. Downbeat magazine has awarded the Latin Jazz Orchestra five "Best Latin Group" awards.

The XJB performs classic big band repertoire under the direction of Dr. Chuck Bergeron.