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

Beginning Combo Auditions

The Beginning Improv Class (formerly a DeCal course) will hold auditions on Monday Jan 22 and Thursday Jan 25, from 7-9 PM in the UC Jazz rehearsal studio in the basement of the Cesar Chavez building. Sign up sheets are posted on the UC Jazz bulletin board. For more info, contact Director Ted Moore.

50 Years of Swing

UC Jazz is very excited to announce the upcoming 50th Anniversary Concert and Celebration on the evening of April 3rd, 2018 at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. Save the date and join us as we celebrate 50 years of swing on the Berkeley campus as of Spring 2018. Tickets for this event and further details will be available in March.

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.

  • Kelly Wong

    President - Flute and Trombone
    Leads weekly meetings, maintains UCJ resources and calendar, delegates the officer workload to other officers.

  • Brian Thorsen

    Vice President - Upright and Electric Bass
    Assists president with task management and delegation; transcribes and creates sheet music for tunes as per request.

  • Jarrod Schnapper

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

  • Adam Aucoin

    Public Relations Chair - Trumpet and Flugelhorn
    Promotes UC Jazz shows/events, creates posters/graphics, organizes tabling, maintains the UCJ Facebook page.

  • Bernard Kim

    Senior Advisor - Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
    Coordinates with the ASUC for funding and performance space reservations.

  • Zachary Levine

    Senior Advisor - Tenor Saxophone
    Coordinates with the ASUC for funding and performance space reservations.

  • Trey Fortmuller

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

  • Nathan Le

    Equipment Manager - Guitar
    Assists with management and transfer of UC Jazz equipment to and from events; ensures availability of equipment where needed for official UC Jazz purposes.

  • Seth Paydar

    Gig Chair - Trombone
    Books paid UC Jazz gigs and faciliates related communications.

  • Joseph Escobar

    Beginning Combo Instructor - Piano
    Auditions students and instructs the UC Jazz beginning jazz combo.

  • Genaro Hernandez Salgado

    Outreach Chair - Saxophone
    Reaches out to other student organizations with which UC Jazz might collaborate and/or demonstrate solidarity with their causes.

  • Carson Messer

    Equipment Manager - Drums
    Assists with management and transfer of UC Jazz equipment to and from events; ensures availability of equipment where needed for official UC Jazz purposes.

Reach Out

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