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Temple University Jazz Ensembles

Terell Stafford, director

Jon Faddis & Jimmy Heath with the TUJB at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, NY, 2015


Led by Chair and Professor of Jazz Studies Terell Stafford, the Temple University Jazz Band performs on Temple’s main campus and throughout the greater Philadelphia region, and hosts the annual Essentially Ellington Eastern Regional High School Jazz Band Festival. Other festival appearances include the Mellon/PSFS Jazz Festival, International Association of Jazz Educators Conferences, the East Coast Jazz Festival, the Midwest Clinic-International Band and Orchestra Conferences, and the Detroit International Jazz Festival. The TUJB is also a frequent award winner at the annual Villanova Jazz Festival.

The TUJB has performed repeatedly at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  In March 2003, the TUJB toured Germany, including five performances with the Phoenix Foundation Jazz Band. In May 2008, they traveled to Amsterdam where they performed with the Amsterdam Conservatory Jazz Band and at The Hague Jazz Festival. The band has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with the Terell Stafford Quartet and Carla Cook in a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan. Other performances in recent seasons have included appearances with John Faddis, Frank Wess, Clark Terry, Joe Wilder, Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Karrin Allyson and Freddy Cole.

Among the many respected jazz artists who have played with the TUJB on stage, in master classes, and in clinics are Wynton Marsalis, The Vanguard Orchestra, Slide Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Dr. Billy Taylor, Max Roach, Frank Wess, Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Mel Lewis, Dick Oatts, Byron Stripling, Conrad Herwig, Claudio Roditi, Antonio Hart, Carl Allen, JoAnne Brackeen, Regina Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Joey DeFrancesco, McCoy Tyner, Norman Simmons, Benny Golson, Savion Glover, Joshua Redman, Huston Person, Nicolas Payton, John Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, and Freddy Cole.


The Temple University Jazz Band has released 3 recordings on the College record label, BCM&D Records:

Dear Dizzy: A tribute to Dizzy Gillespie featuring Jimmy Heath and Jon Faddis (2015), featuring a new track by Jimmy Heath and original arrangements by Norman David.
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Big Swing Face(single) (2013)
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To Thad with Love: A tribute to Thad Jones (2012)
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Other releases include:

Mean What You Say, the Jazz Band’s premiere CD, was released in 2003, followed by the Jazz Ensemble’s Room 323 in 2005 on the Seabreeze Vista Label. In 2010, the TUJB recorded To Thad, with Love, featuring new songs and arrangements by Bill Cunliffe, John Clayton, Dennis Mackrel, Yoichi Uzeki, Norman David and Adam Pfannenstiel. Soloists on the recording include Dick Oatts (alto saxophone), Terell Stafford (trumpet), Joanna Pascale (vocals), and special guest Branford Marsalis (soprano saxophone). Released under the Boyer College’s BCM&D Records, To Thad, with Love, is available for purchase or download on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and all other major online music distributors.

Temple University Lab Band
Steve Fidyk, director

Since its inception in the late 1980s as a large reading ensemble for Boyer College Jazz Studies students, the Temple University Lab Band has flourished on its own and also served as a valuable feeder system for the Temple University Jazz Band. Previous conductors include original conductor Larry McKenna, a former jazz faculty member and longtime friend and supporter of the program, and Terell Stafford, who reintroduced the band to accommodate the growing jazz student population. Since 2009, under the direction of Greg Kettinger, the Lab Band has continued to thrive.

Temple University Lab Band has served as the opening act for the Temple University Jazz Band at its Kimmel Center performances and as the headliner for the annual Big Band Dance swing dance held each spring in The Underground at the Howard Gittis Student Center. The band has also performed at Temple Performing Arts Center and in Tomlinson Theater. The band’s impressive list of recent guest artists includes trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and saxophonists Larry McKenna and Ralph Lalama.

The fundamental educational premises of the group are to focus on playing within sections, to learn about phrasing, tonal blend, and dynamics, and to develop professional-level performance techniques and habits.

Jazz Band Number Three
Dan Monaghan, director

Temple University has a long tradition of big band jazz, and by the fall of 2008 the number of students auditioning for Temple University Jazz Band and Temple University Lab Band was so large that the formation of a third band became imperative and Jazz Band Number Three was formed.

The educational mission of JBNT is to provide an environment in which students can improve knowledge and application of rhythmic interpretation, section and ensemble blend, expansion of dynamic range, and ballad concepts. The repertoire covers a wide chronological range, from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington catalogues to contemporary compositions and arrangements that the band deems worthy.

In its five-year lifespan JBNT has performed in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Temple Performing Arts Center, Tomlinson Theater, Klein Recital Hall, and the Tyler Atrium. It plays for the annual Temple University Swing Dance at the Howard Gittis Student Center and is available for external events. The band has featured guest artists such as Joe Magnarelli, Ralph Lalama, Wycliffe Gordon, Larry McKenna, and Joanna Pascale.

Small Ensembles
Each semester, students have the opportunity to enroll in small jazz ensembles coached by Jazz Studies faculty members. Small ensembles assignments are made during the first two weeks of each semester, and ensembles typically present end-of-semester performances in Klein Recital Hall. Students also have frequent opportunities to perform in small ensembles in the department’s Jazz at the Underground series in the Howard Gittis Student Center, as well as in a more informal setting in the Tyler School/ Presser Hall Atrium.

Terell Stafford
Director of Jazz Studies