Jazz at Southeastern


Southeastern’s long and distinguished jazz history includes being the alma mater of pianist Bill Evans (1950 BM), the recipient of seven Grammy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Recording Academy.  The Department of Music and Performing Arts offers the Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Jazz Studies.

The Bill Evans Jazz Festival, presented every April, includes four days of concerts featuring a nationally known guest artist with the Southeastern jazz faculty and Jazz Ensemble.  The festival also hosts the Louisiana Association for Jazz Education State Jazz Festival, featuring 20 jazz ensembles from throughout the region ranging from junior high to university level.

The Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery hosts the Bill Evans in Context exhibit during the festival, featuring items from the Bill Evans Archive housed at the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies in Sims Memorial Library.

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Jazz Faculty

Michael Brothers, Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Jazz History, Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz Arranging II

John Madere, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Jazz Improvisation I & II, Jazz Arranging I

Vasil Cvetkov, Basic Jazz Piano, Jazz Theory & Composition


Jazz Studies Courses

Applied Lessons

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Combo

Fundamentals of Jazz Improvisation

Jazz Improvisation II

History and Appreciation of Jazz

Basic Jazz Piano

Jazz Theory/Composition

Jazz Arranging I & II

Jazz Pedagogy