Nine members, powerful voices, exciting instrumentals, rich harmonies…this is JAZZ-ology. Each member, a soloist in their own right, bringing unique and evocative gifts.
In 2011, the jazz vocal ensemble, JAZZ-ology was formed by director, Dr. Stephanie Austin. Her vision? A 3-9-piece innovative ensemble collaboration between vocalists and instrumentalists. The musicians are versatile in various styles and are strong soloists as well as ensemble members. JAZZ-ology performs extensively, singing challenging jazz vocal literature, both published and commissioned.
Award-winning, the group won DownBeat Magazine's 2017 First Place National Student Music award in its category, DownBeat's "Outstanding Performance" 2016, 2015, and 2014, won Category Award from the Reno Jazz Festival, and was a national finalist in the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Competition 2017, 2014 and 2013. In 2013 JAZZ-ology released its first CD, Starting Here, Starting Now, which was followed by On a Clear Day in 2015. Its third CD, Get Out of Town, was released in May 2017. All three CDs are available for preview and purchase on CD Baby.
Whether JAZZ-ology members perform as soloists or combine their talents, their music touches emotions. Music ranges from Ellington to Miles Davis. Instrumentation is vocal, keyboard, bass, and drums.
Dr. Stephanie Austin