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MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble

[United States (USA)] Massachusetts Boston

Founded in 1963 by Boston jazz icon Herb Pomeroy, this advanced 18 to 20-member big band/jazz ensemble performs traditional and contemporary jazz ensemble literature, including student compositions, and new works written for the FJE by major jazz composers. Improvisation is a prominent part of the FJE experience. The ensemble’s instrumentation is 4-5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, piano, guitar, vibraphone, bass, and drums/percussion. Other instrumentalists interested in auditioning are encouraged to do so. The FJE performs four concerts per year and frequently features major jazz artists, such as: Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Don Byron, Ran Blake, Steve Turre, Guillermo Klein, and Jason Moran.