Jazz Ensemble

  • Screenshot of the Jazz Ensemble spring 2021 video concert

    Video: My Queen is Albertina Sisulu, performed by the Brandeis Jazz Ensemble in the spring of 2021

  • Brandeis Jazz Ensemble in performance

    Video: Brainville, performed by the Brandeis Jazz Ensemble in the fall of 2020

  • A student plays the saxophone at the Slosberg Music Center

Jazz at Brandeis

The Brandeis Jazz Ensemble, open to the entire Brandeis community by audition, is composed of 15-20 musicians led by one of Boston's best-known jazz musicians, Professor of the Practice Robert Nieske. The ensemble explores Big Band and smaller group music by historically relevant composers and original compositions by band members and the director.

Given the uncertain nature of this coming semester there will be a flexible approach which may include full band or smaller in person group meetings and virtual instruction on soloing practice, analysis and arranging techniques for 4 and 5 part writing, and recording projects. There is no better way of understanding how your section works than to arrange something [even just 8 bars] for your section.

Admission is by audition, either in person or virtual.

Interested vocalists, saxophone, brass (including horn, euphonium or tuba), guitar, piano, bass or drum players will be asked to play scales and arpeggios, sight read and play a prepared piece at the audition. Improvising experience is not required, but reading skills are.