Jazz Combo

The Jefferson High School Jazz Combo, directed by Dr. Judd Danby, focuses on the improvisational practice that lies at the deepest roots of jazz. Through engagement with important jazz standards and student-composed works, members will be exposed to advanced concepts such as: principles of and strategies for shaping meaningful improvised solos, development of musical ideas through rhythmic/metrical and melodic variation, harmonic form in music, melodic/harmonic relationships and voice leading through chord changes, and arranging material for a small jazz ensemble in advance and spontaneously on the bandstand.