Jazz Ensembles


Directed by Professor Chris Washburne, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program (LAJPP) celebrates its 12th anniversary this year and proudly continues to grow. This year, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation continues to support 120 students and 17 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-Colombian Jazz

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 2021-2022 year will take place live in-person on Wednesday September 15th from 11am-9pm for instrumentalists, and Friday September 17th from 11am-3pm for vocalists. Online sign-up sheets will be available in late 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.

Jazz House

Students from LAJPP founded the Jazz House in Fall 2014 in River Hall. This is the first jazz residence at Columbia.



Christine Correa, Bruce Barth, Vince Cherico, Victor Lin, Ole Mathisen, Don Sickler


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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