Jazz Ensembles


Directed by Ole Mathisen, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program (LAJPP) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation continues to support over 100 students and 13 or more ensembles. 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-Cuban Jazz

Brazilian Jazz

Free Jazz 


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. All instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to audition. Some previous jazz performance experience is required.

Registration for lessons and ensembles will be available only to students who have been admitted to MPP through a live audition, during the first week of classes.


 Auditions for the 2023-2024 year will take place live in-person on Wednesday September 6th from 11am-9pm for instrumentalists, and Friday September 8th from 11am-3pm for vocalists. Online sign-up sheets will be available on the website in mid August.

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 campus, ensemble members perform at various social events around the campus throughout the school year.





Christine Correa, Bruce Barth, Paul Bollenback, Vince Cherico, Dave Gibson, Victor Lin, Ole Mathisen, Don Sickler. Ingrid Laubrock. Ugonna Okegwo, Leo Traversa


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

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

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