Augsburg Jazz

AugsburgJazzWebThe Augsburg Jazz Studies Program, directed by Dave Mantini, 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. The Jazz Studies Program 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 Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone; Swedish jazz artist Nils Lindberg, trombone & piano; and performed works by Dr. William C. Banfield, artist in residence.

The Augsburg Jazz, Gospel Praise Ensemble is a unique union of big band and vocal jazz that performs for conventions, churches and schools. 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, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. In 1995, they presented a command performance for the King of Norway, and in the past four years have performed for nearly 20,000 including Sheila Raye Charles, Jane Fonda, and Hillary Clinton.

2014-2015 Performance & Events:

Friday, October 24, 2014
High School Jazz Festival
Music Hall, Augsburg College
For information, contact Dave Mantini, mantini@augsburg.edu

Friday, November 21, 2014
10:40 a.m., Chapel Performance
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College

Friday, November 21, 2014
7 p.m., Fall Concert
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College

Thursday, March 26, 2015
7 p.m. – Spring Concert
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College

April 2015 – TBD
Augsburg Jazz Spring Performance
Famous Dave’s in Uptown
Minneapolis, Minn.
Time: 4 p.m.
Reservations Recommended: 612-822-9900