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The extensive curriculum in Jazz includes studies in Jazz Theory and Harmony, Keyboard, History, Performance Practice, and two years each of Improvisation, Composition, and Arranging. The program also includes private instrumental instruction and participation in McGill's three award-winning Jazz orchestras, the chamber jazz orchestra and twenty combos. Student combos perform regularly at a variety of local venues.

The McGill Jazz Orchestra 1 has earned a reputation as one of the finest University jazz ensembles anywhere. The band has performed in France, England, Ireland, Mexico, Switzerland and throughout the United States and Canada and has released nine highly regarded CD's. The ensemble has also performed with many world-class jazz performers and composers, including Slide Hampton, Jim McNeely, Joe Lovano, Joe LaBarbera and Ranee Lee. With the recent appointment of jazz composer and trumpeter Joe Sullivan as its new musical director, the MJO takes on a challenging new repertoire that embraces Canadian composers, traditional and contemporary jazz masterworks and music written by our own outstanding students.

Jazz Area Chair:
Rémi Bolduc

Kevin Dean, B.M.E.(Iowa), M.Mus.(Miami,Fla.)
Joe Sullivan, B.A.(Ott.), M.Mus.(New England Cons.)
André White, B.A.(Concordia) M.Mus.(McG.)

Jazz Bass:
Fraser Hollins
Alec Walkington

Jazz Drums:
Jim Doxas
Dave Laing
Michel Lambert
Chris McCann
André White
John Hollenbeck

Jazz Flute:
Dave Gossage

Jazz Guitar:
Greg Amirault
Kenny Bibace
Greg Clayton
Michael Gauthier
Carlos Jiménez

Jazz Piano:
Francois Bourassa
Jeffrey Johnston
Jean-Michel Pilc
André White

Jazz Saxophone:
Rémi Bolduc
Christine Jensen
Donny Kennedy
Frank Lozano
Al McLean
Joel Miller
Dave Turner

Jazz Trombone:
David Grott

Jazz Trumpet:
Jocelyn Couture
Kevin Dean
Ron DiLauro
Bill Mahar
Joe Sullivan

Jazz Vibraphone:
François Stevenson

Jazz Violin:
Lisanne Tremblay

Jazz Voice:
Sienna Dahlen
Sophie Day
Ranee Lee
Bohdanna Novak