Directed by Professor Chris Washburne, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program (LAJPP) is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year and proud that it continues to grow with exciting new opportunities. This year we have 120 students and 17 ensembles and the program continues to be supported by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. LAJPP offers both undergraduate and graduate students jazz performance opportunities and private lessons. There are a variety of jazz ensembles, both large and small, instrumental and vocal that cover a wide range of musical styles.  All ensembles perform at an intermediate level or higher and require some past jazz experience. The jazz ensembles include:

Jazz Combos

Big Band

Piano Trio Workshop

Jazz Vocal Ensemble

Afro-Colombian Jazz

Afro-Cuban Jazz

Brazilian Jazz

Free Jazz


Auditions Required

All Columbia and Barnard Students students (both undergraduate and graduate) interested in participating in jazz ensembles and performance opportunities must audition. Auditions are required for admittance and will be held during the first week of the Fall semester only. First wednesday of the semester for instrumentalists and first Friday of the semester for vocalists. Sign up for auditions on the MPP Office door (618 Dodge Hall). All instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to audition. Some previous jazz performance experience is required.



 Auditions for the 2015-2016 year have passed.  We are sorry if we missed you but please check back next summer for audition updates.  Stay connected through our EVENTS and OPPORTUNITIES.


On Campus Performance Opportunities

In order to provide more performance opportunities for Columbia's jazz students and to bring more live jazz to the campus, ensemble members perform at various social events around the campus throughout the school year.

Jazz House

 Students from LAJPP founded the Jazz House in the Fall of 2014 in the Residence Halls where fellow jazz musicians live, and jam together, putting on concerts and lectures for the campus community. This is the first jazz residence at Columbia.





If you have any further questions about the Music Performance Program please review our 


For general information contact Beth Pratt, MPP Coordinator at bp2413 [at] columbia.edu.