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Jazz Studies

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The jazz studies program, founded by American jazz saxophone great Jackie McLean, is one of the nation's top programs in jazz music. Under the tutelage of Hartt's jazz faculty, who are also active performers, students have the opportunity to perform continually throughout their undergraduate career. 

The program focuses on the jazz and African-American idioms and includes special courses on improvisation, music history, jazz transcriptions, and arranging. Students interact with internationally recognized jazz musicians in their weekly classes, and through special workshops and master classes. Students find additional inspiration in the unique cultural relationship the school has with Hartford's community-based Artists Collective, an organization dedicated to the promotion of African and Caribbean art forms.

Recent master classes have featured such world-renowned jazz artists as Hank Jones, Randy Weston, Curtis Fuller, Eddie Henderson, Randy Johnston (Hartt master teacher), Christian McBride, Larry Willis, Wynton Marsalis, Dena DeRose, Harold Mabern, Tony Reedus, Don Sickler, Cedar Walton, Cecil Payne, Slide Hampton, Benny Green, John Lee, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, David Hazeltine, Joe Farnsworth, Barry Harris, Yusef Lateef, Jimmy Heath, One For All, and Hartt Alumni Abraham Burton, Mike DiRubbo, and Jimmy Greene.

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