Jazz Studies






Welcome to the Jazz Studies Program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, one of the first and foremost jazz programs in the world.


  • We are excited to announce that Greg Ward will join the IU Jacobs School Jazz faculty beginning Fall 2019!
  • Professor John Raymond recently released Real Feels Live, Vol. 2. and garnered a 4-star review in DownBeat Magazine which called it "a spectacular work of art".
  • Both Greg Ward and John Raymond's new album releases were selected by JazzIz Magazine for their "10 New Jazz Albums You Need to Know About January 2019".
  • The Plummer Jazz Quintet, directed by Walter Smith III, is performing at the Jazz Gallery in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, March 18 and 19, at 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets HERE.
  • Jazz Celebration 2019 will feature Grammy Award-winning composer/arranger Vince Mendoza leading the IU Jacobs School of Music Jazz Ensemble I and a studio orchestra at the Musical Arts Center on Saturday, April 20, at 8 pm. Purchase tickets HERE or at the MAC Box Office.
  • IU Jazz was featured in DownBeat Magazine in August 2018 in "Jazz on Campus: IU Jazz Embraces Change" and again in October 2018 as one of "Five Gems of Jazz Education".
  • Streaming Video: Both Celebrating the Life of David N. Baker, the concert in January 2017 honoring Dr. Bakerand Jazz Celebration 2017,  are available to be streamed in their entireties on IU Music Live!. After following the link, scroll down to the header "More Seasons", then click "Show" to view the videos.
  • Check out our Soundcloud tracks and YouTube videos on our Sights and Sounds page!



Our mission is to prepare students for professional careers and leadership roles in jazz and related fields of contemporary music by providing exceptional training that equips students with the flexible skills and experience required of successful, well-rounded musicians, and creative jazz artists.

A wide variety of performance opportunities and a comprehensive curriculum ground our students in the rich history, traditions, and culture of jazz while nurturing their exploration of new and contemporary styles in an environment that encourages a free-flowing exchange of ideas between faculty, students, guest artists, and the community.

Our faculty, students, and alumni serve as a resource for the Jacobs School of Music, university, state, national, and international communities through our world-class creative activities in performance, composition, education, and scholarship.