The Mississippians Jazz Ensemble
and Jazz at Ole Miss
The Mississippians Jazz Ensemble is an 18-piece big band under the direction of Dr. Michael Worthy. Members of the band are University of Mississippi undergraduate and graduate students majoring in music and other academic disciplines. Students enroll for academic credit and meet for three fifty-minute rehearsals per week on MWF at 12:00. The band performs on campus several times throughout the year and recently performed at the 2016 Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival and the 2012 Jazz Education Network National Conference. Recent guest artists and clinicians include Cyrus Chestnut, Tommy Igoe, Julian Bliss, Branford Marsalis, Jeff Coffin & The Mu’tet, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Mark Taylor, Jim Snidero, Marcus Printup, Elliot Mason, and Ali Jackson.
The Collegians Jazz Ensemble offers students the opportunity to learn the various styles that are common in big band performance, including swing, latin, rock and funk. The Collegians perform a concert each semester.
Jazz combos provide students the opportunity to explore improvisation, arranging and composing.
The Mississippians to perform at Jazz à Juan Festival in France and Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.
The Mississippians Jazz Ensemble will perform at two prestigeous European jazz festivals this summer. The band will travel in July, 2018 to perform at the Jazz à Juan festival in Juan-les-Pins, France and at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. Between the two festival dates the band will perform in Genoa, Santa Margherita, and Rome.