THE NJCU JAZZ ENSEMBLE, under the direction of Professor Edward Joffe, has achieved national acclaim over the last fifteen years. A faculty of world class New York area jazz artists in addition to the frequent guest artists who visit the University every semester (recent guests have included Joe Lovano, Claudio Roditi, Toshiko Akiyoshi & Lew Tabackin, John Fedchock, Barry Harris, Charles McPherson, New York Voices, Peter Erskine, Marvin Stamm, and Eddie Daniels) have helped to inspire the growth of the jazz program. Largely comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from the BM and MM in Jazz Performance degree programs, the NJCU JAZZ ENSEMBLE performs regularly at jazz clubs throughout the greater New York/New Jersey metropolitan region as well as on campus. During recent years, this group has been featured at Birdland, Trumpets and Cecil’s nightclubs. In April 2006, the NJCU Jazz Ensemble released their 4th album entitled “KNIGHT-TIME JAZZ 2005″. Previous releases have been featured on the nation’s largest jazz station, WBGO-FM. The Ensemble’s repertoire spans the history of big bands – from Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, and Duke Ellington to Thad Jones, Bob Mintzer, and Maria Schneider – in addition to original compositions by student and faculty are also featured as part of their concerts. Recent performances have included The Outdoor Lunchtime Jazz Series at St. Peter’s Church in New York on May 18, 2006 while the top jazz combo opened the 2006 JVC Jazz Festival in New York on June 15, 2006. On April 30, 2007 The J.J. Johnson Combo performed live on WBGO FM from 1-2pm. The Jazz Ensemble will appear at Trumpets Supper Club in Montclair, NJ on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 7:30pm with guest artist Joe Magnarelli (trumpet).