UB Jazz Ensembles: Big Band and Jazz Combo

UB Jazz Ensemble.

The UB Jazz Ensemble program consists of two sub-ensembles: the Big Band is a larger, mixed ensemble, while the Jazz Combo program consists of small groups of four to six performers. The specific instrumentation for these groups varies from semester to semester based on the makeup of the students. Interested students must audition at the beginning of each semester.

Jazz Ensemble students also benefit from a variety of jazz theory and repertoire courses in the Department of Music. 

The UB Jazz Ensembles are directed by George Caldwell.

Upcoming Performances

Please view our concert calendar for the latest information on upcoming events. 


Students should prepare two songs from the American songbook (George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, etc., etc.). You will also be asked to sight read for the audition. The first week of classes will be dedicated to auditions only. There is a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board of the Student Programs office (226 Baird Hall) with 15 min. time slots. The auditions will be held in Baird rm 314.

For further information, please contact George Caldwell.




Big Band

  • Undergraduate: MUS 356, 2.0 credits
  • Graduate: MUS 556, 2.0 credits
  • Non-Major: MUS 156 MFC, 2.0 credits

Jazz Combo

  • Undergraduate: MUS 357, 2.0 credits
  • Graduate: MUS 557, 2.0 credits
  • Non-Major: MUS 157 MFC, 2.0 credits

Rehearsal Schedule

Big Band
Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm
B1 Baird

Jazz Combo
Monday combo, 5:00 - 6:00pm
B1 Baird

Tuesday combo, 4:00 - 6:00pm
B1 Baird


George Caldwell

Adjunct Instructor (Piano Performance)

Department of Music

B2 Baird Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0648

Email: gocaldwe@buffalo.edu