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Augsburg Jazz 2016-2017The Augsburg Jazz program, directed by Rafael Rodriquez, offers a complete curriculum that includes a big band, combos, and a vocal jazz group, each of which is directed by a faculty member. These ensembles are open to all Augsburg students through auditions each fall. Augsburg Jazz also features many guest artists and composers. Music students rehearse and perform side-by-side with some of the best jazz and gospel musicians in the Midwest, many of whom are Augsburg alumni. In recent years, the Augsburg Jazz Ensemble has performed with Steve Wiest, Bria Skonberg, trumpet; Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone; Swedish jazz artist Nils Lindberg, trombone & piano; and performed works by Dr. William C. Banfield, artist in residence.

The Augsburg Jazz ensemble also provides an opportunity to create a unique union of big band and vocal jazz that performs for conventions, churches and schools (formerly known as Gospel Praise). They have appeared at three ELCA National Youth Conventions in Atlanta, New Orleans and St. Louis as well as The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Famous Dave’s Blues Club in Uptown, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. In 1995, they presented a command performance for the King of Norway, and in recent years have performed for nearly 20,000 including Sheila Raye Charles, Jane Fonda, and Hillary Clinton.

2017-2018 Performance & Events:

Thursday, November 2, 2017 – 4 p.m.

Augsburg Jazz Happy Hour including a Snack & Coffee Var!
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – 7 p.m.

Augsburg Jazz, fall concert
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall
(Parking Permit) & (Campus Map)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – All Day

Augsburg JazzFest with Guest Clinician Carlos Granthon from Lima, Peru!
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall

Friday, January 26, 2018 – 10:40 a.m.

Augsburg Jazz Brunch in Chapel
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – 4 p.m.

Augsburg Jazz Happy Hour
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
(2/27, Parking Permit & Map)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 7 p.m.

Augsburg Jazz Performance
With guest conductor, Jaka Pucihar, from the University of Ljublijana – Academy of Music
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall
(3/27, Parking Permit & Map)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Commencement

Augsburg Jazz Performs during both services