The Moraine Valley Jazz Combo is comprised of college students and community members dedicated to the exploration of small-group jazz improvisation and interaction. The group meets each Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. throughout the fall and spring semesters. Enrollment is open to a flexible instrument format, including, but not limited to: winds, strings, percussion, keyboard/piano, guitar, bass, and more. Interested musicians should be strong music readers. Prior experience playing jazz is very helpful. Study and performance includes selections by significant jazz artists, such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker as well as important jazz song forms such as 12-bar blues and 32-bar, A-A-B-A rhythm changes. The director for the Jazz Combo is Mai Sugimoto.
Degree-seeking and transfer students may enroll in the jazz combo for one academic credit hour. Jazz Combo course codes are Instrumental Chamber Ensemble I-IV, MUS-161-170, 162-170, 261-001, 262-002. First-time ensemble students should enroll in MUS-161-170 and then enroll in the next numbered course for each subsequent semester. Instructor's consent is required. Course is repeatable up to four times for academic credit.
There is currently no noncredit course option available for the Jazz Combo; all members must enroll for academic credit.