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

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.

Director of Jazz Studies John Davis gives a behind-the-scenes look at preparing for Spring Swing this Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. in Macky Auditorium.

Renowned jazz composer Maria Schneider visited CU-Boulder last year for a week-long residency. In between rehearsals and clinics, she found time to record these helpful videos for prospective music students. Thanks to for sharing these insightful clips:

Aakasg Mittal

The Aakash Mittal Quartet, led by Aakash Mittal (BM 2007, saxophone), received the ASCAP/Chamber Music America award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music for jazz ensemble in January in New York.

Lucas Munce

Lucas Munce (MM candidate) received the 2011 DownBeat Magazine Award for Graduate College Outstanding Performances by a Jazz Soloist.

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