This ensemble will explore extemporaneous improvisation in a jazz-oriented small group setting. Participants will play and study classic jazz compositions and standards in addition to composing and creating original works for the ensemble. A special focus of this small jazz ensemble will be on developing group interaction and musical communication skills. Another focus will be exploring different types of relationships that can exist between a soloist and a rhythm section. Participants will study recordings and films of great small jazz groups from different eras to inform and deepen our understanding of how ensembles can create music together. The group will perform a concert at the end of the semester, and occasionally collaborate with Yoon Choi’s vocal improvisation class.