With a traditional "big band" ensemble,a popular jazz combo and several performance opportunities for budding jazz singers, jazz is alive and well at Davidson College.

Under the direction of J. Estes Milner Professor of Music Bill Lawing, the Jazz Ensemble has an exciting season the culminates with a guest artist performance in late January featuring renowned saxophonist Tim Gordon and an April residency with award-winning trombonist and jazz vocalist Aubrey Logan.

Under the new direction of Tim Gordon, the fiery Davidson College Jazz Combo offers two concerts per year that focus on small group jazz literature and feature student-driven improvisation.

Spotlighting student vocalists, young jazz singers perform with the Davidson College Jazz Combo for an intimate performance in Tyler-Tallman Hall in February, and compete to win the Sing with the Jazz Ensemble competition that earns them the opportunity to front the big band group for a fun-filled Live Thursday performance in the Alvarez College Union in March.

All performances are free except where noted with a link to ticket information.

Please visit this page in August 2015 for 2015-16 Music events.


Concert on the Green

Many soaked up the warmth of a late summer evening as they enjoyed music by talented students in the Davidson College Symphony and Jazz Ensemble on the Town Green. Concert-goers brought blankets and packed picnics while they mingled with members of the Davidson community and relaxed during this entertaining annual event.

Family Weekend

The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble presented an evening of big band standards and jazz improvisation for those close and dear as part of Family Weekend.

Jazz Combo Fall Concert

Under the new direction of renowned saxophonist Tim Gordon, the popular Davidson College Jazz Combo offered an exciting evening of small group jazz literature and improv.

Davidson Holiday Gala

The Davidson College Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and friends rang in the holiday season with the second annual Holiday Gala! One of the most popular concert events of the season, the Holiday Gala is a fast-paced and family friendly event involving dance, theatre and traditional & new musical favorites. Featuring Dance Davidson, Davidson Community Players, Young Voices of the Carolinas and the talent of Davidson student ensembles, the Holiday Gala was just the thing to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

Tim Gordon, Guest Artist Concert

Having worked with Harry Connick, Jr., Josh Groban, Ray Charles, Manhattan Transfer and Pink Floyd, the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble was proud to feature saxophonist Tim Gordon. With a diverse musical background, Gordon is also a seasoned educator who recently joined the Davidson family.

An Evening of Jazz Songs

With the assistance of student jazz pianist Riley Mangan and members of the Davidson College Jazz Combo, this performance features several student singers presenting your favorite jazz vocal standards.

Live Thursdays: Sing with the Jazz Ensemble

Student singers take the stage backed by the Jazz Ensemble in this annual crowd-favorite performance!

Jazz Residency Concert featuring Aubrey Logan, trombone

Breaking traditional genre barriers by combining jazz vocals with R&B, neo-soul pop and a touch of rock, Aubrey Logan performs as a vocalist, horn player and educator. The award-winning trombonist joined the Jazz Ensemble for their April residency, culminating in this free feature performance.

Jazz Combo

Closing out their 2014-15 season and with finals just around the corner, this stress-reliever was just the thing to calm those pre-exam nerves.