The Jazz Ensemble is one of thirteen student jazz groups at DePaul University, performing several times
throughout the academic year both on and off campus.
The band performs regurlarly at Chicago's premier jazz club, Joe and Wayne Segal's Jazz Showcase.
Since Bob Lark's appointment as Director of Jazz Studies and director of the Jazz Ensemble, the band
has appeared at the Midwest Clinic (2010, 2004, 1998, 1994), the Jazz Education Network Conference
(2012) the International Association for Jazz Education Conference, the Duke Ellington International
Conference, the National Association of Music Merchants Conference, the Jazz Party At Sea aboard the
S.S. Norwegian Sun, twice aboard the Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner for their Annual Flooting Jazz
Festival, and a concert tour of Italy.
An annual recording project by the Jazz Ensemble featuring student, faculty, and commissioned works
occurs each year. These recordings have produced a number of awards from the Jazz Educators
Journal, Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines. The Jazz Ensemble has recorded albums with
legendary jazz artists Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Jim McNeely, Jeff Hamilton, Slide
Hampton, Tom Harrell, Frank Wess, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Shew and Mark Colby, and Chicago Symphony
Orchestra members Charles Vernon and John Bruce Yeh. Jazzed Media recently released Salutes
Woody Herman (JM 1064), featuring guest drummer Jeff Hamilton and DePaul Jazz Studies faculty
members Mark Colby, Thomas Matta and Bob Lark with The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble. This
studio recording is comprised of fresh, exciting arrangements of tunes associated with the great Woody
"It's one of the best big band programs in the nation producing first rate players. Bob makes sure the
students don't just play the parts.
It isn't just playing ensemble (symphony orchestras do that!). Improvisation is what it's all about. Bob's
band spends equal time on harmonic knowledge and improvisation skills; it shows what a big band is
about. The solo is the jazz specialty and Bob has some of the best soloists around."
- Phil Woods
"As you can hear from this recording, Bob Lark has a fine band to be proud of, full of fine soloists playng
wonderful arrangements. This live recording is a great example of how a jazz band should sound.
My compliments to Bob Lark and the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble."
- Joe Lovano, commenting on the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble recording Live At The Jazz Showcase
"Playing and working with the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Bob Lark was
really a ball! A fantastic program, a terrific band with many excellent soloists!"
- Marvin Stamm
"The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble is one of the finest college bands today. I've played with this
wonderful band many times. Director Bob Lark has assembled a well-balanced unit with excellent
soloists in every section."
- Louie Bellson
"The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble is a fantastic band, a marvelous band!'
- Clark Terry
"Recently, I had the pleasure of performing with the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble, and one thing
was wonderfully obvious right off the bat: this band swings...HARD!
They play it all, old or new, swing, rock or Latin, and they play it with a contemporary sound and mature
- Steve Houghton
"I've had the great pleasure of working with Bob Lark and his student in the DePaul University Jazz
Studies program on a number of occasions over the last dozen years. One of the many strengths of the
DePaul program is the number and talent of the student arrangers, and they're well represented on this
CD by Darrell Wyatt, Kavin Fort, Steve Thomas and Ian Torres."
- Jim McNeely, commenting on the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble recording Woodlands, featuring guest alto
saxophone soloist Phil Woods.
"The band has a real working ensemble sound, not at all accademic. It is not that they don't play with
precision or sound well rehearsed; on the contrary, they do all that and more."
- Tim Ries
"One of the definitive Jazz Masters, trombonist/arranger/composer Slide Hampton, is a special guest on
this stunning outing by the DePaul University big band, under the superlative talents of leader/trumpeter
Professor Bob Lark (a Master in his own right!)."
- Phil Woods, commenting on the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble recording The DePaul University Jazz
Ensemble with guest artist Slide Hampton.
"I've been aware of the band since visiting the school and being treated to a very high level rendition of
my own music."
- Kenny Werner
Quotes in support of The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble:
DePaul Jazz Ensemble in Italy - 2005
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