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SRJC has a rich legacy in jazz. Our ensembles have performed at concerts and festivals throughout the state. We host world-class guest artists and clinicians each semester, offering students the opportunity to interact with performers working in different markets. In addition to live performance, studio recording is an integral component of the musical experience for our students.

Jazz Combo Ensemble

MUSCP 42ABCD (2.5 units) Bennett Friedman, Director

The SRJC Jazz Combos are directed by renowned performer, arranger, and educator Bennett Friedman. Students are divided into small combos and given a repertoire of music custom arranged by the director to suit each combo's instrumentation and ability level. Open by audition to students experienced in jazz performance.

For more information, contact Bennett Friedman at or by phone at (707) 527-4255.

Jazz Bands

MUSCP 32ABCD (2.5 units) Mark Wardlaw and Dave Scott, Directors

The Daytime Big Band is open to qualified saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section players by audition. This group performs a wide variety of big band literature ranging from traditional swing to contemporary Latin Jazz, with an emphasis on stylistic performance practice and the development of sight-reading expertise.

The Evening Big Band is a professional-caliber jazz orchestra intended for the most advanced students. Founded by Professor Emeritus Dan Goulart, this group has performed with many of the top jazz artists over the past 35 years including Bob Curnow, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Eric Marienthal, Don Menza, Bobby Shew, Cal Tjader, Bill Watrous, Joe Williams, and many others. This ensemble is open by audition as vacancies occur in the personnel.