Jazz at Winona State University

Jazz is an inclusive art form that opens doors for creativity in a variety of disciplines. As one of the few truly American artistic traditions, jazz transcends boundaries of culture, race and economics to form a bond of commonality with participants as well as enthusiasts. WSU seeks to provide an outlet for jazz musicians of all levels to experience the art of improvisation. This arts process expands students’ ability to adapt to circumstances in all walks of life. 

Upcoming Events

Winona State University Department of Music presents...

Late Winter/Early Spring: A Jazz Recital featuring the WSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30pm
Somsen Auditorium
Free admission - donations accepted for WSU Friends of Jazz

The WSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble:

  • John Paulson, soprano saxophone and flute
  • Ray Dretske, tenor saxophone
  • Hayden Fihn, trumpet and flugelhorn
  • Larry Price, piano
  • Eric Graham, bass
  • Rich MacDonald, drums
  • Jeff Strom, vibraphone, steel drum and percussion