Directed by 8x Grammy-nominee Bobby Sanabria, the NYU All-University Jazz Ensemble explores the rich canon of the big band tradition in all its depth, breadth, and scope. From Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and other Latin jazz styles, to bebop, swing, funk, fusion and beyond. The group requires high reading and improv skills.
The AUJE was initially started to provide Music Education students the opportunity to perform music written specifically for the Big Band but also to learn how to organize, rehearse, and develop their own Big Bands once they themselves are music teachers.
Who Can Join
The ensemble is not strictly limited to Music Education majors. Current membership includes students from all parts of the department and University, including performance and composition majors.
Auditions will be held on Tuesday, February 2, from 7-9 PM via Zoom. Please prepare two selections: a piece that has a Latin rhythm in it such as a bossa-nova, cha-cha-cha, mambo, etc., and play/improvise over a blues and or bebop tune. Contact Professor Sanabria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The audition is open to all instrumentalists. Saxophonists who can double on flute as well as drummers/percussionists who have skills on congas, timbales, bongó, hand percussion, and vibes are encouraged to audition.
Rehearsals are held live on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm. Due to COVID restrictions, this semester the group has been scaled down to a small combo and will be meeting weekly in the Dolan Recording Studio (35 West 4th Street, 6th floor). Thus, students will have the advantage of being recorded every session. There is a dedicated drum set (no cymbals) at our disposal, and we are able to use guitar and bass amps from the Music Tech program as well. Woodwind players are expected to double (e.g., flute, clarinet) as needed, along with the saxophone part they play. Brass players are expected to bring mutes and other doubles (e.g., flugelhorn) as required.
The course is available for 0-3 credits for graduate students and 0-1 credits for undergraduate students. (MPAME-UE 1080/MPAME-GE 2034)
Performances and Concerts
The ensemble performs at least one concert a semester, but there are a few other performances that may enter the schedule.
The ensemble was invited to perform at the International Society of Music Education (ISME) 30th World Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2012. The ensemble has also participated in Big Band festivals such as the Wilton Big Band Symposium. With Professor Sanabria, the ensemble seeks to perform music ranging from the origins of the Latin jazz community, from Big Band to music written by modern composers, performers, and students of the ensemble as well.