The Jazz Journey: UWaterloo Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, April 7, 2024 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Our 2024 winter term concert will feature composers who have contributed to this music’s unique history.  Influences of  Brazilian Samba,  driven Big Band Swing and the odd meter Jazz Waltz will be presented.  A few of the composers contributing this term are  Gordon Goodwin, Sammy Niehaus, Tito Puento and Quincy Jones. 


Come and join us as we journey once again into America’s Music … “Jazz”. 

Jazz Director: Michael Wood

With over three decades as a percussionist and jazz vibist, Michael Wood is equally comfortable on stage, in the orchestra pit, or in the class room setting. A veteran of the Stratford Festival Orchestra as well as auxiliary percussion credits with Canada’s National Ballet, he has performed at the Royal Alex, Hummingbird Centre, Elgin, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, Arts Centre in Ottawa, Hamilton Place, and Kitchener’s Centre in the Square.  

A Yamaha Artist Clinician he has adjudicated extensively in British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba and presented workshops for both the British Columbia Music Educators' Association (BCMEA) and Ontario Music Educators' Association (OMEA) in addition to the 2006 Music Fest Nationals in Ottawa. Michael has been invited to present Vibraphone Master Classes at the University of Windsor, Wilfrid  Laurier University, University of Ottawa and Western.

Jazz Ensemble

Concert details

The concert will take place in the Great Hall, with a reception to follow in the downstairs atrium.