In May of 2007, the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble's long standing reputation as one of America's finest collegiate jazz groups was reaffirmed by earning DownBeat Magazine's Outstanding Collegiate Big Band Performance Award for the third time in the past two decades. LUJE members have repeatedly been cited for the Best Original Composition/Extended Composition Award, Best Jazz Arrangement Award, and Outstanding Jazz Instrumental Solo Performance Award. Under the direction of Patty Darling, LUJE performs and records frequently throughout the school year, presenting cutting edge large ensemble literature, historically significant works, Lawrence student and faculty compositions and arrangements, and accompanying visiting jazz solo artists (see Jazz Weekend for list of guest artists).

All large ensemble concerts performed in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel can be enjoyed around the world through our live, four camera video webcasts.

Recent Repetoire

New Works by Lawrence Jazz Students (compositions and arrangements for large jazz ensemble)
Big Band Latin Jazz
Jazz Internationale: The Music of International Jazz Composers
The Gil Evans Centennial Jazz Project (13 Evans works from 1942 to 1987)
The Radiohead Jazz Project (premiere performances of 12 commissioned arrangements)
• Fred Sturm Migrations: One World, Many Musics featuring vocalist Bobby McFerrin
The Jazz Century: Celebrating 100 Years of Jazz History
• Tim Ries & Matt Harris: The Rolling Stones Project
• Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn: The Nutcracker Suite
• Gil Evans (arranger): Porgy and Bess (complete score as recorded by Miles Davis)
• Gil Evans (arranger): Miles Ahead (complete score as recorded by Miles Davis)
• Benny Golson: The Big Band Works of Benny Golson featuring Benny Golson, tenor saxophone
• Lars Jansson: Temenos (original compositions for large jazz ensemble)
• Maria Schneider: Hang Gliding, Three Romances, Aires de Lando, and Sky Blue conducted by Maria Schneider
• Kenny Wheeler: Now and Now Again, Sea Lady, W.W., and We Salute the Night featuring Kenny Wheeler, trumpet/flugelhorn
• John Hollenbeck: The Bird with the Coppery, Keen Claws
• Ingrid Jensen/arr. Fred Sturm: At Sea
• Fred Sturm (arranger): Bodacious Cowboys: 3 Decades of Steely Dan
• Fred Sturm (arranger): Tango Nuevo: The Music of Astor Piazzolla

Listen to LUJE

Splatch by Marcus Miller (arr. Fred Sturm)

Gratitude by Patty Darling

November 5, 2016 Concert

Black Bottom Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton (arr. Jaxon Stock)

May 25, 2016 Concert

Abstraktes Bild (excerpt) by Fred Sturm

Bodysnatchers by Radiohead (arr. Fred Sturm)

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