The Jazz Studies undergraduate degree program has performance at its center.
Instrumentalists are required to take a total of 20 credits of performance ensembles including jazz (10), Afro-Caribbean (2), Brazilian (2), Indian (2) and elective (4). Instrumentalists may also use 4 elective credits toward performance ensembles. (See Instrumental and Vocal Curricula).
Vocalists are required to take a total of 22 credits of performance courses in both solo and ensemble formats. Repertoire covers a wide range of styles from the Great American Songbook to contemporary jazz, world and popular music. Vocalists may also use 4 elective credits toward performance ensembles. (See Instrumental and Vocal Curricula).
Public performance is an integral component of students’ tenure at the CJC. Students perform for the public a minimum of twice per year. Performances include concerts at the CJC, dates at clubs throughout the Bay Area, and appearances at specially scheduled events.
Additionally, students may attend over one hundred concerts scheduled at the CJC throughout the year free of charge. The CJC Concert Series features a range of local, national and international artists. Visiting artists of note have included the Heath Brothers, Theo Bleckmann, Kenny Werner, Taylor Eigsti, Peter Erskine, Pete Escovedo, Paula West, John Zorn, Geoffrey Keezer, Ambrose Akinmusire and many others.