The UNM Jazz Bands perform music of classic and contemporary big band composers and arrangers
They perform several times each semester, both on campus and off, and have appeared at jazz festivals around the country. The annual UNM Jazz Festival hosts high school jazz bands from throughout the state, and features guest artists that have included Ingrid Jensen, Jeff Coffin, Slide Hampton, Geoffrey Keezer, Randy Brecker, Ernie Watts and many others.
The UNM Jazz Combos explore the smaller, chamber music side of jazz music, and students are actively involved in programming and arranging music for their small groups. They are showcased regularly at the beautiful Hotel Andaluz in downtown Albuquerque, and perform at many concerts and functions throughout the year.