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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS JAZZ ENSEMBLE I

The University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble I is the flagship ensemble of the KU Jazz Studies programme. KU Jazz has received 27 DownBeat Student Music Awards, including Jazz Ensemble I’s 2015 and 2019 awards in the Graduate Division for Best College Big Band in North America, and their Outstanding Performance Award in the same division in 2017.

In April 2016, the ensemble performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City with internationally acclaimed vocalist Deborah Brown, and the band was one of six international college finalists that performed at the 2017 and 2019 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival.

Jazz Ensemble I director, Dan Gailey, was the recipient of the 1996 International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) Gil Evans Fellowship and under his direction Jazz Ensemble I has appeared at IAJE Conferences in New York City, Atlanta and Boston, the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

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