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Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

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.


Gary Powell Nash
Ph.D./Fisk University
Music Department
1000 17th Ave. N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37208



  1. Class of 2014 Gospel Benefit Concert

    This event purpose is to help us send, and keep, hundreds of deserved students in college.
  2. Meeting (Changing of Guard)

    An information session and exchangeof ideas for outgoing to incoming SGA.
  3. Phi Beta Sigma Step/ Stroll Practice

    Practice for upcoming events in the spring semester
  4. NPHC BBQ Picnic

    BBQ on the yard
  5. 31 Status Celebration

    This is an appreciation for 31 Status members and an event recognizing the life of great women.