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All University Jazz Ensemble Performance

All-University Jazz Orchestra

Music and Performing Arts Professions Ensembles

Directed by 8x Grammy-nominee Bobby Sanabria, the NYU All-University Jazz Orchestra 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 orchestra is a full big band with 5 saxophones (lead alto doubles on soprano/flute, 2nd alto, 2 tenors, bari), 4 trumpets (lead + 3), and 4 trombones (3 + bass bone), drums/timbales, congas, bongó, percussion, vibes, and guitar.

The AUJO 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.

Audition Information

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 7, from 7:10-9:10 PM in Room 779 (35 West 4th Street, 7th floor). 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

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. 


Rehearsal Information

Rehearsals are held live on Tuesday evenings from 7:10-9:10 PM, location TBD. 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 (MPAME-GE 2034) and 0-1 credits for undergraduate students (MPAME-UE 1080). 

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.

Contact Information

Professor Bobby Sanabria,

Dr. Jason Thompson, Program Director, Music Education,

Noreen Goldberg, Program Administrator,