Connected and In-Demand

North Central offers world-class performing facilities and a jazz faculty comprising some of the most prolific and accomplished artists in the Chicago area. Click on a link below to learn about the jazz artist-instructors that inspire our students every day, along with information regarding audition requirements for scholarships, which are available to all students, regardless of major. Scroll further down to learn about our many jazz ensemble offerings.

Why Study Jazz at North Central?

Jazz Scholarship Audition Information

Jazz Faculty

Mitch Paliga - Jazz Saxophone

Art Davis - Jazz Trumpet

Tim Coffman - Jazz Trombone, Coordinator of Jazz Studies

Juan Pastor - Jazz Drum Set

John McLean - Jazz Guitar

Brad Stirtz - Jazz Vibraphone

Chris White - Jazz Piano

Big Band

The North Central College Big Band rehearses three hours per week and utilizes the standard big band instrumentation.  Repertoire includes compositions and arrangements from the libraries of well-known professional big bands, including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Gil Evans and many others. For more information, please contact Mr. Coffman, Coordinator of Jazz Studies.

Jazz Combos

The Jazz Combos focus on improvisation within a small jazz ensemble setting. These groups are instructed by members of North Central College's esteemed jazz faculty and rehearse three hours each week. The repertoire spans the entire spectrum of jazz styles, from traditional jazz, bebop, fusion and Latin jazz to contemporary jazz and free improvisation. For more information, please contact Mr. Coffman, Coordinator of Jazz Studies.