Jazz Faculty

Matt Olson, Director of Jazz Studies
Keith Davis, piano
Ian Bracchitta, bass
Matt Dingledine, jazz guitar
Justin Watt, drums

Jazz Ensembles

Welcome to the Furman Jazz Studies website! We are proud to offer a wide variety of jazz courses and performing ensembles. All are open to all Furman students regardless of major. The Furman Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Matt Olson, performs traditional and contemporary big band literature, entertaining groups with concerts on campus and throughout the Southeast. The Jazz Ensemble also plays a number of school outreach concerts each year as well as live recording sessions. Furman’s jazz program includes 3-4 smaller jazz combos, which focus on small-group jazz performance and the art of jazz improvisation.

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Joel Frahm, Byron Stripling, John Riley, Michael Mossman, Mike Kocour, Joel Spencer, Rick Simerly, Vern Sielert, Tim Coffman, Dave Pietro, Jim McNeely, Ryan Keberle, Champian Fulton, Stockton Helbing, and Chris Vadala.

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