Combo performing on stage

Welcome to UC Jazz

UC Jazz Ensembles is dedicated to the performance, study and promotion of jazz at UC Berkeley. Currently, UC Jazz consists of multiple combos, ranging in size from 3 to 8 musicians, and one big band. The combos are divided into Intermediate and Advanced categories. Auditions for everyone are held at the beginning of every fall semester, and spring auditions can be arranged by contacting UC Jazz Director Ted Moore. UC Jazz provides rehearsal space, also available for individual use by UCJ students, for music and non-music majors, as well as for undergrad and graduate students. Community members are occasionally invited to participate as needed.

The combos cover a wide range of repertoire and styles and much emphasis is placed on how to perform in an ensemble. Ensembles meet weekly, and along with our annual Fall and Spring concerts, UC Jazz students perform in over 40 events per year on and off campus. Student arrangements and compositions are always encouraged. We are located in the basement of the Cesar Chavez building at the end of the hall. Contact Ted Moore for more information.

Announcements

Spring 2016 Beginning Combo Auditions

UC Jazz will hold auditions for the Fall 2016 at the following times:

  • Mon Aug 29 10-4:30pm
  • Tues Aug 30 10-4:30pm
  • Wed Aug 31 10-4:30pm

Sign up sheets will be posted on the UC Jazz bulletin board. We are located in the basement of the Cesar Chavez building, far end of the hall. All audition requirements are listed in the Join section of this site. Any other questions email Ted Moore, tmoore@ucjazz.berkeley.edu

Faculty Activities

Dann Zinn

posted Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Shangri La is Dann Zinn's newest release, featuring the great Peter Erskine on drums, and Australian phenom Chris Robinson on guitar. The cd received a four star DownBeat review, and was chosen among the 'best of' 2015 by Downbeat. The Trio toured on the east coast and NYC in 2016, and played at the 2015 Monterey Jazz Festival, where it was named among the top ten 'must see' acts for the festival. Available at cdbaby.com

My books, Zinn and the Art of Saxophone, a six books series for gaining technical excellence will be available soon through dannzinn.com

The Dann Zinn Big Band Series, with arrangements by Nick DePinna, has charts available through dannzinn.com

Marty Wehner

posted Monday, August 22, 2016

In 2016, UC Jazz Instructor Marty Wehner played with Wayne Shorter at the Moneterey Jazz Festival and Pete Escovedo and Sheila Escovedo at the Playboy Jazz Fest.

Glenn Richman

posted Saturday, August 24, 2013

On September 21 and 22, UC Jazz instructor Glenn Richman will be performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson.

Frank Martin

posted saturday, april 21, 2012

UC Jazz piano instructor, Frank Martin, will be performing at Yoshi's in San Francisco on Tuesday, September 11 at 8 pm with the Jose Neto Band and special guest, the great Brazilian percussionist, Airto Moreira.

Frank Martin

posted saturday, april 21, 2012

UC Jazz piano instructor, Frank Martin, went to New York in April to perform as arranger and pianist for Sting in his annual Benefit for the Rainforest Concert. In addition to Sting, this year's guests artists included James Taylor, Elton John, and Meryl Streep.

Ted Moore

posted friday, may 13, 2011

On Sunday, June 5, Ted Moore will be a guest artist in a Brazilian All-Star band to perform in the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. This group will include many great names in the Brazilian jazz world, like guitarist Romero Lubambo and vocalist Pamela Driggs, both from New York and from the Bay Area.

Ted Moore

posted thursday, april 28, 2011

On Sunday, April 17, UC Jazz Director Ted Moore performed in concert with saxophonist Paul Winter and the great Brazilian guitarist, Oscar Castro-Neves, one of the original founders of the bossa nova movement in Brazil.

Glenn Richman; Ted Moore

posted wednesday, january 26, 2011

Bass instructor, Glenn Richman will play at Yoshi's in Oakland with jazz great, vibist Bobby Hutcherson, on Jan 27 and 28.

On Saturday, February 5, UC Jazz will host a clinic by saxophonist Mike Zilber; everyone is welcome to attend.

On February 16-18, Ted Moore and UC Jazz will host a visiting group of drummers from Tokyo for 3 days of workshops with an array of great Bay Area drummers, including Jaz Sawyer, Akira Tana, and Billy Johnson.