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.

Mike Sailors

Director, Jazz Orchestra

Lecturer in Jazz Trumpet

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

Audition Info




M-W-F  3–5p   
MRH 6.248



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8:15 AM
By Thomas Wenglinski
Jeff Hellmer, conductor

Bates Recital Hall
Austin, TX

Upcoming Performances

Jazz Orchestra

A bearded man wearing a blue beanie and glasses plays an electric bass.
Event Status
Oct. 8, 2021, 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Works by contemporary composers

current students

jazz canon favorites


Jazz Orchestra

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Event Status
Nov. 12, 2021, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Omar Thomas, guest conductor

Works by contemporary composers

current students

jazz canon favorites

Jazz Orchestra

A man wearing a blue suit plays a trombone. To his right, a man wearing a black, white and gray checkered shirt plays a trumpet.
Event Status
Feb. 25, 2022, 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Works by contemporary composers

current students

jazz canon favorites


Helen Sung with the UT Jazz Orchestra

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Event Status
Apr. 9, 2022, 7:30 - 9 pm

This collaborative concert with Texas Performing Arts is presented as part of the 2022 Longhorn Jazz Festival.  The orchestra will perform several of Sung’s arrangements, with her as the featured soloist.

On sale date to be announced.




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