The Fisk Jazz Ensemble is a group of student instrumentalists who perform a wide range of music including jazz, Latin, and blues. Organized in 1970 as the "Orchestrated Crowd," this group has performed on radio and television and has given community and campus concerts, appearing with such notable musicians as Quincy Jones, "Cannonball" Adderley, Edward Kennedy, Duke Ellington, and Eubie Blake.
In 2003, Dr. Gary Nash became the director and established the Chamber Ensemble, a component of the ensemble for students interested in performing conservatory-style music by living composers. Recent guests include Dr. William C. Banfield, Steven Wood, and Dr. M’tafiti Imara. Recent community outreach performances include the donor reception for the Shalom Center in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and the Music for Musicians (M4M) fundraising concert for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita who lost their livelihood and clientele due to the 2005 storm.