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Jazz Studies

The jazz studies program, founded by American jazz saxophone great Jackie McLean, is one of the nation's top programs in jazz music. The goal of the Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division is to develop aspiring and skilled musicians in the art form known as jazz. Through the curriculum, there is historical analysis, perspective, narratives on improvisation, and dialogue concerning the expression of jazz music.  Using these practices along with tutelage and cultivation, students will realize their choices to create an individual style.

Hartt students perform both on and off campus and have opportunities to perform and interact with internationally recognized jazz musicians in our Visiting Artist Series.  


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Starting for the Fall of 2018, the Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division is proud to be the first program in Connecticut to offer a Master of Music in Jazz Studies.  We are now accepting applications for the MM in Jazz Studies.  Please contact Hartt Admissions for more information at harttadm@hartford.edu.  

Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division Goals

  • To examine and explore the history and origins of jazz music and the innovators who propelled the evolution of the art form.
  • To develop musicianship through jazz theory, ear training, keyboard skills, ensemble playing, composing, improvisation arranging, and in public performance.
  • To obtain an understanding of elements and structure of music and how they are used in the creation of a jazz performance.
  • To gain insight on the business of music as a jazz musician. 
  • To focus on professionalism that encompasses punctuality, attention to detail, respect for other art forms and its artists, and a consistent daily work ethic.

Jazz Ensembles

Guest Artists 

The Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division brings world-renowned jazz artists as part of the Visiting Artist Series.  These artists include Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Terell Stafford, Charles McPherson, Jon Faddis, George Cables, Ignacio Berroa, Louis Hayes, Lauren Kinhan, Mike Stern, David Weiss, Janis Siegel, Joe Chambers, Rufus Reid, Billy Drummond, Bobby Watson, Pat Martino, Cornell West, Sonia Sanchez, and Angela Davis. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Schauntice Marshall at jmi@hartford.edu.

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