URI's jazz performance program is a diverse, active and versatile combination of big bands and ensembles that range widely from Dixieland style to Jazz Fusion, all strongly supported by the university's course offerings and degree programs. Band directors and ensemble coaches are faculty members who are highly acclaimed performers and recording artists recognized in their field.
The groups play at many regional jazz festivals and other venues, and offer a Jazz Concert Series on campus in both Fall and Spring semesters each year. The annual URI Jazz and World Music Festival brings in name performers who work with the students - including in past years guests such as Phil Wilson, Gary Burton, Slide Hampton, Hal Crook, the Woody Herman Band, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Participation is open by audition to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.
The C100 Jazz Big Band, directed by Mark Berney, and The B101 Jazz Big Band, directed by Joe Parillo, Director of the URI Jazz Program.
Monk & Mingus Ensemble, directed by Eric Hofbauer
Super Sax Ensemble, directed by Jared Sims
Standards Combo, directed by Dave Zinno