Music department - jazz

The DVC Jazz Studies Program is large and well rounded with over 200 students per semester enrolled in jazz classes. Current offerings include three sections of Jazz History, two Big Bands, three Combos, Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Theory and Improvisation, and Jazz/Pop Solo Voice.

The DVC Night Jazz Band has released three CDs, toured China, plays Yoshi's annually, and has won the Reno Jazz Festival. The Jazz Ensemble and a Combo attend jazz festivals regularly.

Major guest artists are presented once or twice a year, and have included Phil Woods, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bob Mintzer (each of whom play on one of our CDs), Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Don Menza, Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Hutcherson and many more.

For more information please contact Rory Snyder, Director of Jazz Studies at 925-685-1230 ext. 2452 or

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