Be sure to join the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble for their most exciting season to date! For the first time during Family Weekend, the traditional "big band" ensemble welcomes a parent, keyboardist Jim Kuster '80, to the stage of Tyler-Tallman Hall. The season will culminate with a guest artist performance in late January featuring vocalist Timisha Barnes '92 and an incredible April residency with international jazz superstar Delfeayo Marsalis.

The Davidson College Jazz Combo once again takes the stage for two electrifying evenings of small group jazz literature and improv.

Performances are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Key: Davidson College Presbyterian Church = DCPC; Duke Family Performance Hall = DFPH; Tyler-Tallman Hall = TTH


color headshot of Jim Kuster '80 in recording studio

Family Weekend featuring Jim Kuster '80

Friday, Oct. 23  •  9 p.m.  •  TTH

For the first time during Family Weekend, the traditional "big band" ensemble welcomes a parent, keyboardist Jim Kuster '80. Kuster began his formal music education at the Manhattan School of Music, where he attended the prep division prior to enrolling at Davidson. While here, Jim formed a band with two other core members, Chip Carter '79 and Roger Brown '78, who now serves as president of the Berklee College of Music.

close-up of drums and sheet music

Jazz Combo Fall Concert

Thursday, Nov. 19  •  7:30 p.m.  •  TTH

Under the direction of accomplished saxophonist Tim Gordon, the popular Davidson College Jazz Combo presents a mesmerizing evening of small group jazz literature and improv.

Jazz band playing at the Holiday Gala

Davidson Holiday Gala

Monday, Nov. 30  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets
Tuesday, Dec. 1  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Start your holiday season off right with festive music, dance, theatre and art all in one exciting and family-friendly show! Featuring the finest talent Davidson has to offer, Davidson's annual Holiday Gala showcases the jazz band, college choirs, symphony orchestra-more than 100 Davidson students-with outstanding community ensembles: Davidson Community Players, Dance Davidson and Young Voices of the Carolinas. Don't miss what many people in the surrounding communities are calling their "new holiday tradition." Usher in your season of holiday cheer with us at the Davidson College Holiday Gala!

color headshot photo of Timisha Barnes-Jones '92

Timisha Barnes-Jones '92, Guest Artist Concert

Friday, Jan. 29  •  7:30 p.m.  •  TTH

Renowned vocalist and educator Timisha Barnes-Jones ‘92 earned a full scholarship to attend the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, completed two years, then moved to Bermuda and began singing professionally. She became an acclaimed jazz vocalist, and appeared at some of the top clubs and performance halls in the western hemisphere. In 1995, she won two first place awards at the nationally televised "Showtime at the Apollo." She currently serves as the principal of West Charlotte High School and director of its Project LIFT Academy.

Ashley Alexander Lee singing jazz on Live Thursdays

Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Live Thursday

Thursday, March 17  •  10 p.m.  •  7:30 p.m.  •  900 Room

Winners of the 2016 Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Competition will bring down the house this St. Patrick's Day, backed by the big band ensemble in this annual crowd-favorite performance.

color headshot of Delfeayo Marsalis winking and holding his trombone

Jazz Residency Concert featuring Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone

Friday, April 1  •  8 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

International jazz superstar Delfeayo Marsalis will join the Jazz Ensemble for this special performance. Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today, is known for his "technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor..." (Los Angeles Times). He is "...one of the best, most imaginative, and musical of the trombonists of his generation" (San Francisco Examiner).
In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton, and Jason) earned the nation's highest jazz honor-a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. You won't want to miss this exciting concert with a living jazz legend.

close-up of drums and sheet music

Jazz Combo Spring Concert

Thursday, April 28  •  7:30 p.m.  •  TTH

The Davidson College Jazz Combo once again takes the stage of Tyler-Tallman Hall for an electrifying evening of small group jazz literature and improv.


Concert on the Green

We hope you brought blankets, packed a picnic, and tapped your toes while mingling with fellow concert-goers by joining the orchestra on the Davidson town green for a sneak peak of our season opening concert at this entertaining annual event.