College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Thompson Jazz Studies Program

  • Thompson Jazz Studies Faculty

    Jazz Faculty

  • Jazz I Ensemble

    Jazz I Ensemble

  • CU Big Band performing at Dazzle Jazz Club, Denver

    CU Big Band performing at Dazzle Jazz Club, Denver

  • Guest artist Maria Schneider leads CU Big Band

    Guest artist Maria Schneider leads CU Big Band

The award-winning Thompson Jazz Studies Program welcomes participation from students throughout the Boulder campus, regardless of major. All jazz bands and combos are placed through auditions held at the beginning of each semester, including three big bands and seven jazz combos. Each year, prominent jazz artists are invited to campus to perform and conduct clinics. Recent guests include David Liebman, Jon Faddis, Nnenna Freelon, Andy Laverne, Joe Lovano, Bobby Shew, Hal Galper, Maria Schneider, and many others. The program takes pride in having received more than 13 awards from DownBeat Magazine’s Annual Student Music Awards.

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Jazz Studies: News & Events

Paul McKee received a BME from the University of Northern Iowa and an MM in composition from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jack and Jeanne Thompson

Jeannie and Jack Thompson have made an unprecedented commitment to the Jazz Studies program at the University of Colorado Boulder — building $1.6 million in combined gifts to trigger a new $2 million program endowment.

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