department of music

Fine Arts Center, Suite E, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

music@uri.edu401.874.2431 or 401.874.5955

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Jazz Program

URI’s jazz performance program is a diverse, active and versatile combination of big bands and ensembles, all strongly supported by the university’s course offerings and degree programs. Jazz ensemble directors are faculty members who are highly acclaimed performers and recording artists recognized in their fields.

The URI Big Band has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  The URI jazz groups play at many other regional jazz festivals and venues, and offer a Jazz Concert Series of campus in both Fall and Spring semesters each year.  Jazz ensemble participation is assigned by audition to URI students.




Big Band

In addition to recent performances at the Newport Jazz Festival, the URI Jazz Big Band has in the past performed at Lincoln Center, taken first place at the MIT New England Intercollegiate Jazz Festival, and performed at many concerts and events on campus and throughout New England.

The URI Big Band is directed by Joseph Parillo.


Jazz Combos/Small Ensembles

jazzguitarJazz combos at URI perform a wide array of jazz music while focusing on traditional jazz improvisation techniques.  Each group has a faculty coach and the small jazz ensembles can change according to active interest.  The groups serve many music majors and minors each semester, and include ensembles directed by Emmett GoodsDave Zinno, Mark BerneyJay Azzolina, and Bill Jones.

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