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Ensemble History: Traditional Jazz Ensemble
 

The Jazz Ensemble course was first offered during the 1971-72 academic year as Music 70R, taught by Gary Gray. A second big band was added a few years later. In 1989, Gordon Henderson began directing the two jazz ensembles, also known as Big Band Number One and Number Two. Gerald Wilson, Garnett Brown, Llew Matthews, and Charley Harrison have also directed the Number One Big Band (now called the Traditional Jazz Orchestra). Jazz ensemble instructors include: Gary Gray (1971 – 1989); Gordon Henderson (1989 – 2002); Gerald Wilson (1996 – 2004); Garnett Brown (1996- 1999); Llew Matthews (1999 – 2004); Charley Harrison (2004 - present). For more information see UCLA Jazz Orchestra or UCLA Jazz: The Early Years.  

 

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Gary Gray conducts the Jazz Ensemble (1974)
Photo: Courtesy Gordon Henderson
Gary Gray with jazz students 
Photo: Courtesy Gary Gray
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Jazz Ensemble with Gary Gray (1982)
Photo: Courtesy Gary Gray

Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival (1992)
Photo: Courtesy Gordon Henderson

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Charley Harrison conducts the Traditional Jazz Orchestra
at the UCLA Festival of African American Music (2005)
Photo: Todd Cheney
Gerald Wilson conducts the Traditional Jazz Orchestra
at the UCLA Festival of African American Music (2005)
Photo: Todd Cheney
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Charley Harrison conducts the Traditional Jazz
Orchestra (2007). Photo: Todd Cheney
Tradional Jazz Orchestra directed by Charley Harrison (2010).
Photo: Courtesy Charley Harrison
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