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.


Spring Concert

Mark your calendars for THE EVENT OF THE SEMESTER! We're hosting our annual Spring Concert at Hertz Hall, bringing you a night of live jazz featuring our 3 advanced combos. Admission is free!

Noon Concerts

Come enjoy the wonderful tunes of our intermediate and advanced combos, as well as our brand new World Music Ensemble! A different combo will be performing each week on Thursdays 12-1 PM at MLK, lower Sproul, from March 2 to April 27, so come check us out!


  • Ted Moore

    UC Jazz Director - Percussion
    Advanced and Intermediate Combos

  • Frank Martin

    Advanced Combo

  • Glenn Richman

    Intermediate Combo

  • Marty Wehner

    Intermediate Combo

  • Dann Zinn

    Advanced Combo

  • Kai Eckhardt

    World Music Ensemble

Faculty Activities

The Natural Order of Things
May 2020

Ted Moore, Director of UC Jazz, released his newest recording in May of 2020. The recording of the Ted Moore Trio features NY jazz icon Phil Markowitz on piano and world-renown bassist, Kai Eckhardt. It is comprised of all original compositions and arrangements by Ted Moore and is released on the Origin Records label. The recording is entitled, The Natural Order of Things." More info, along with sample tracks and downloads, is available at tedmoorejazz.com.

Day of Reckoning
April 2019

New CD by Dann Zinn out in April 2019 featuring many original Dann Zinn compositions.

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


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.

  • Alex Topp

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

  • Gregory Rose

    Big Band Coordinator - Bari Sax
    Duties include: organizing and directing UCJ Big Band rehearsals and concert.

  • Risa Schapiro

    Secretary/PR - Piano
    Duties include: taking notes during officer meetings and shares them with officers, other administrative duties.

  • Diana Kalantar

    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.

  • Francesca Estrada

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

  • Jacob Isrow

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

  • Chris He

    Webmaster - Alto Sax
    Duties include: developing and maintaining the UC Jazz website, e-mail lists, and other online resources.

  • Marcelo Manriquez

    Equipment Manager/Sound Guru - Bass
    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.

  • Maddie Liu

    Beginning Combo Instructor
    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.