A saxophone player solos during a Jazz Orchestra Concert in Bates Recital Hall

Jazz Orchestra

The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra is the Butler School of Music’s premiere jazz ensemble. Jazz Orchestra prepares students for professional life as a creative musician, developing students’ skills in performance, teamwork, and arranging and composition. The ensemble emphasizes compositions of its members, with student works comprising a majority of the concert repertoire. The ensemble also performs some of the classic works of the jazz canon as well as works of compelling contemporary composers. The Jazz Orchestra performs at annual music festivals and in world-renowned venues with some of the top names in jazz.

Diego Rivera

Director of Jazz Studies

Director, Jazz Orchestra

Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Jazz Saxophone

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Jazz Orchestra is open to all qualified students across the university by audition.

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T-Th 3:30-5:30p  
MRH 6.248



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8:15 AM
By Thomas Wenglinski
Jeff Hellmer, conductor

Bates Recital Hall
Austin, TX

Upcoming Performances

Black and white photo of Dizzy Gillespie in front of an orange background.

The Music of Dizzy Gillespie

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Diego Rivera, director

Terence Blanchard leaning on a bridge outside holding his trumpet.

with Terence Blanchard, trumpet

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Diego Rivera, director

Terence Blanchard is a composer, trumpet player, and winner of the 2023 Eddie Medora King Prize.

Jazz drummer Carl Allen wearing a scarf and talking to the camera.

with Carl Allen, drums

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Diego Rivera, director


A jazz saxophone student playing with UT Jazz Orchestra.
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Diego Rivera, director

Featuring the winning ensemble of the Jazz Festival, UT jazz ensembles, and special guests




Recording Cover of "In the Thick of It"; High-rise buildings tower over the viewer on all sides with cloudy blue skies beyond.

In The Thick of It

The latest recording from Jazz Orchestra, hailed as "Stunning." by Jazz Times is available now.

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The Jazz orchestra plays in a lakeside park in the Swiss Alps at the Montreux Jazz Festival

The Jazz Orchestra toured Europe in Summer 2017, performing at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals. Further travel is in the works.



Recent Visiting Artists

Conrad Herwig
Chris Potter
John Clayton
Michael Brecker
Stefon Harris
Maria Schneider

headshot collage of recent visiting artists