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Concert Jazz Ensemble

Enjoy an engaging jazz experience! Perform jazz classics and modern big band jazz works while interacting with great guest artists. All students are encouraged to improvise. Private jazz lessons are available and supporting jazz courses in theory/improvisation and history.

About the Ensemble

The ensemble meets Tuesdays and Thursdays in 212 Ryan Studio (campus map) from 4:10 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Glenn Cashman directs the ensemble.

Guest artists/clinicians have included Claudio Roditi, Holly Hofmann, Mike Wofford, Bill Cunliffe, Bill Warfield, Bill Charlap, Bret Zvacek, Jeff Jarvis, Joe Carello, Angelo Candela.

Concerts presented at Colgate have included the Kenny Barron Trio, The Bill Warfield Big Band, Jane Monheit, Dick Hyman, Luther Hughes & the Cannonball-Coltrane Project, Clay Jenkins, Joe Magnarelli, Hideaki Tokunaga, Rick Montalbano Sr., Richard Roeder, Tom Williams Jr., Thomas "Whit" Williams Sr., John Stetch, Alan Harris and many others.


The Concert Jazz Ensemble works toward accomplishing the following key goals:
  • Perform quality music at as high a level as possible
  • Foster an appreciation for all jazz styles
  • Develop the art of listening in ensemble settings
  • Introduce all members of the jazz ensemble to the basic elements of improvisation
  • Guide those students who wish to undertake a serious study of jazz improvisation
  • Create positive and meaningful experiences for students through contact with guest artists
  • Offer great jazz to the campus and at-large community
  • Prepare jazz ensemble for performances at festivals
  • Place jazz development in historical context
  • Record CDs
  • Have fun!

Audio Samples Recorded Live in Concert

For live and archived concert videos of the Concert Jazz Ensemble, go to:


The Colgate Dons and Ensigns are early examples of the long tradition of big band jazz
at Colgate, reaching back to the 1930s.

Photos courtesy of Douglas and Susan Cotton. Click for full photos.
Archival photo of the Colgate Dons from 1936
Archival photo of the Colgate Ensigns