Welcome to UC Jazz

Currently, UC Jazz consists of multiple combos, ranging in size from 3 to 8 musicians. The combos are divided into Intermediate and Advanced categories. Auditions for everyone are held at the beginning of every fall semester. 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.

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.

Announcements

Ted Moore Quartet

If you enjoyed the UC Jazz Faculty Ensemble, you'll definitely dig the Ted Moore Quartet! Join us for an evening of Latin jazz on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30PM in California Jazz Conservatory's Rendon Hall. This performance will feature three of our amazing faculty members: Dann Zinn, Frank Martin, and group leader and UC Jazz Director Ted Moore.

Jazz in the Basement

It's back by popular demand! Our first Jazz in the Basement show of fall 2018 on Friday, Sept. 28 at 8PM in 240 Eshleman Hall. We've got some funky combos booked and ready to bring you some of the best live jazz on campus. Admission is free as always!

UC Jazz Faculty Concert

UC Jazz proudly presents this semester's UC Jazz Faculty Concert! Join us at Hertz Hall on Wednesday, September 5 at noon to celebrate the professional musicians who make UC Jazz possible. This free concert showcases original compositions and arrangements by UC Jazz Director Ted Moore.

Instructors


  • Ted Moore

    UC Jazz Director - Percussion
    Advanced and Intermediate Combos

  • Frank Martin

    Piano
    Advanced Combo

  • Glenn Richman

    Bass
    Intermediate Combo

  • Marty Wehner

    Trombone
    Intermediate Combo

  • Dann Zinn

    Saxophone
    Advanced Combo

Faculty Activities

O Espirito do Brasil
July 2017

Ted Moore has published a collection of 17 original Brazilian jazz tunes in his new book, O Espirito do Brasil. The tunes cover various aspects and styles of Brazilian jazz and some of this music has been recorded on his Brazilian band's cd, entitled River Wide.

Shangri La
August 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

Marty Wehner Performances
August 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.

Officers

The officers hold weekly meetings and work closely with jazz director Ted Moore to organize and promote UC Jazz’s many concerts and events and provide input on the direction of the organization. Although the officers have specific responsibilities according to their role/position, they also initiate and follow through on projects.

  • Brian Thorsen

    President - electric & upright bass
    Duties include: leading weekly meetings, upkeep of online resources/calendars, delegation of tasks to other officers.

  • Chetan Giduturi

    Vice President - alto sax
    Duties include: assisting president with task management and delegation; promoting UC Jazz shows/events, creation of posters/graphics, organizing tabling, upkeep of the organization’s Facebook pages.

  • Jarrod Schnapper

    Secretary - Drums
    Takes notes during officer meetings and shares them with officers, other administrative duties.

  • Kelly Wong

    Public Relations Committee - flute & trombone
    Duties include: promoting UC Jazz shows/events, creation of posters/graphics, organizing tabling, upkeep of the organization’s Facebook pages.

  • Charlie McMurry

    Public Relations Committee - alto sax
    Duties include: promoting UC Jazz shows/events, creation of posters/graphics, organizing tabling, upkeep of the organization’s Facebook pages.

  • Bernard Kim

    Senior Advisor - Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
    Duties include: coordinating with the ASUC for purposes of securing UC Jazz the status of Registered Student Organization as well as funding and performance space reservations.

  • Zachary Levine

    Gig Chair - Tenor Saxophone
    Duties include: booking paid UC Jazz trio gigs for events and other gigs as needed.

  • Trey Fortmuller

    Webmaster - Drums
    Develops and maintains the UC Jazz website, e-mail lists, and other online resources.

  • Nathan Le

    Equipment Manager - Guitar
    Duties include: assisting with management and transfer of UC Jazz-owned equipment to and from UC Jazz events; ensuring availability of equipment where needed for official UC Jazz purposes.

  • Seth Paydar

    Equipment Manager - Trombone
    Duties include: assisting with management and transfer of UC Jazz-owned equipment to and from UC Jazz events; ensuring availability of equipment where needed for official UC Jazz purposes.

  • Zachariah Rodriquez

    Equipment Manager - Guitar
    Duties include: assisting with management and transfer of UC Jazz-owned equipment to and from UC Jazz events; ensuring availability of equipment where needed for official UC Jazz purposes.

  • Joseph Escobar

    Beginning Combo Instructor - Piano
    Duties include: auditioning students for and instructing UC Jazz’s beginning jazz combo.

Reach Out

We'd love to hear from you. Don't hesitate to reach out to Director Ted Moore with any questions.