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UW-Eau Claire Jazz Studies Area

"The Eau Claire campus of the University of Wisconsin has one of the most well regarded jazz studies programs in the country." -New York Times

Located within some of the most beautiful Wisconsin north woods scenery, our all undergraduate Department of Music will provide you with an unparalleled jazz experience with an environment suited to any level of involvement from wanting to continue your high school jazz experience to making a living as a full time musician.  Our environment includes five big bands, a number of combos exploring every style, an over 50 year tradition that supports jazz six nights a week at the university and surrounding city and a major city outside our back door.

Have fun browsing our web site. You can listen to some CD excerpts, learn about auditions, keep up on the weekly news of student activities, learn what our faculty do or find out when and where ensembles are performing. If you are ever in the area, stop by for a visit!

If you have any difficulty in finding what you need feel free to call us at 715-836-4371.



Check the Calendar

Peter Schlamb
Remember! Peter Schlamb will host a clinic that will take place in the Haas Fine Arts Center Room 139 from 12:00-12:50. Next, he will perform a concert with Eau Claire’s Jazz Ensemble II in The Cabin, located in the Davies Center, at 7:30 p.m. the same day. But that’s not all! He will also be performing with the Peter Schlamb group at 9:00 p.m. which will also take place in The Cabin.   

Jazz II Concert

A message from Michael Shults reminding everyone not to miss out on the Jazz II concert with guest Peter Schlamb on Thursday, April 9th in Gantner!

"I wanted to let you know about a very special guest performing with Jazz II Thursday night in Gantner. Vibraphonist Peter Schlamb is originally from St. Louis but currently is a first-call freelance musician in both New York City and Kansas City, where he is currently based. Still in his mid-20’s, Peter has already performed and recorded with some of the top jazz musicians in the world (Dave Binney, Alan Ferber, Aaron Parks, Ben Van Gelder, Mike Moreno, Logan Richardson, etc.) at some of the most famous venues in the world – Jazz Gallery, 55 Bar, and Smalls in the New York, as well as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and numerous others. I really believe that Peter is one of the premier jazz improvisers on any instrument in the world today and is the modern day heir apparent on vibraphone to masters like Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Gary Burton, and Stefon Harris. He really is at that level! He recently put out his debut CD “Tinks”, all original compositions, and in my opinion it’s one of the best handful of contemporary jazz albums to come out in the last decade. All of this may sound like hyperbole, but I hope you can come out Thursday night and see what I mean. Even better, he’ll be joined by three other first-rate young musicians from around the country: bassist Karl McComas-Reichl, drummer Devin Drobka, and pianist Wade Ridenhour. The quartet will do a set of Peter’s originals and then join Jazz II as special guests for their portion of the program. 

I would encourage you to check out Peter’s music at his website, for clips from “Tinks”, as well as some youtube videos: 

At the Bimhuis in Amsterdam with Blue Note recording artist Aaron Parks and 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition runner-up Ben Van Gelder: 

With the quartet that will be in Eau Claire Thursday night performing one of his originals:"


What our graduates are doing-

KeithKarnsKeith Karns Wins JEN Student Composition Showcase

Tyler Anderson

Tyler Anderson goes on tour with Delfeayo Marsalis

2014-2015 Jazz Series Artists



Pete Christlieb

pete christieb

Right out of high school, Christlieb began working professionally and performed gigs at a variety of different venues. During these early years he met pianist Jimmy Rowles. Rowles' unique approach to jazz music quickly became a big influence for Christlieb.

After performing in several bands, two of which include Woody Herman's and Louie Bellson's, Christlieb provided his unique and swinging style as the jazz tenor sax player for Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show Band for an impressive 20 years...


Evan Middlesworth

Evan Middlesworth

Born and raised in Richmond, Indiana, Middlesworth's fascination with music began at the age of five when he started playing the guitar. After high school, he ventured off to Purdue University where he studied in their Theatre Sound Design program. There he met Rick Thomas, an audio and music expert who taught him a fair amount about sound design, audio engineering, the physics of sound, composition, and audio electronics.

 At Purdue, Middlesworth's goal was to say "yes" to anything that had to do with sound or music which opened up several fascinating opportunities to sing, play, compose, and record.Middlesworth will present his clinic "How to make professional recordings and video on a shoestring budget" on Tuesday, March 3. The clinic will be held at UW-Eau Claire from 12:00-12:50pm in room 139 of the Haas Fine Arts Center. 

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Matt Otto

Matt Otto

A mesmerizing hum swept over the crowd as the members in the audience sang alongside Matt Otto. Through the process of ear-training, Otto used a continuous note (a drone) and encouraged the audience to sing with him to match the provided pitch.

Otto presented his clinic "A Fresh Approach to Aural Training for Improvisers" at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Tuesday Feb. 3.

Carl Allen


The 2015 Eau Claire Jazz Festival guest artists are:

The New York Voices, Terell Stafford, and Nachito Herrera!

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