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Lamont School of Music

Lamont Jazz


SMALL GROUP 1 - Co-Winner Best Graduate College Small Jazz Ensemble

VOCAL JAZZ MESSENGERS - Outstanding Performance by a Undergraduate College Small Jazz Vocal Ensemble (Second year in a row)

COLTON SPARKS - Best Undergraduate College Engineered Studio Recording (Downbeat tells us that with Colton's award, Lamont Recording and Production has produced 50% of all the individual 1st place awards in this category in the last ten years!.)

DU Lamont Jazz - Small Group 1 - Downbeat Award Winners Best Graduate College Small Jazz Ensemble
Downbeat Winners: Small Group 1

Jazz Studies at the Lamont School of Music

Welcome to Jazz Studies at the Lamont School of Music here at the University of Denver. With our world-class faculty, our wonderfully talented student body and our state-of-the-art facilities along with our solid jazz curriculum, we feel that Lamont offers virtually all the opportunities that you will need to develop a firm foundation for a career in the highly competitive 21st Century.

We believe in developing an entrepreneurial spirit along with acquiring a strong jazz vocabulary as both performer and writer that is also informed by multiple musical genres and critical creative thinking.

In today's arts market, aesthetic versatility and diversity is key. With our ensemble offerings, classes, guest artists and concert-recording schedule, our students are well equipped to go straight from graduation into a career where they will survive and thrive.

Please browse this site and feel free to contact us with comments and questions.

Co-Directors of Jazz Studies:
Steve Wiest -
Art Bouton -



The Lamont Jazz Orchestra playing Thad Jones's classic "Quietude"

The piano solo is by Elliot Clement. Recorded live in Room 140, The Newman Center for Performing Arts by students of Michael Schulze.

Live from Lamont - Small Jazz Groups

Lamont Small Jazz Groups performed in Williams Recital Salon on Wednesday, November 2.

Jazz Studies News

Denver, CO, January 27, 3027

Denver sits in on (another) rebirth of jazz's cool

From "La La Land" to hip-hop, jazz rides high on a surge of millennial ears

Lamont Jazz Studies co-chairs Steve Wiest and Art Bouton are quoted in a new Denver Post/The Know story about the rebirth of Jazz in Denver.


Denver, CO, December 19, 2016

Jazz Stars and Lamont Faculty Create Rock-Funk-Pop Group

Vinyl Hampdin

Vinyl Hampdin                                          Photo by Terry Shapiro


  Vocal Jazz Messengers

The Lamont Vocal Jazz Messengers Receive Downbeat Award

The 2015-2016 Lamont Vocal Jazz Messengers were awarded the Downbeat Outstanding Performance Award for 2016. The group won with their performance of "Down Under" by Freddie Hubbard, with the vocal arrangement and lyrics by coach Donna Wickham. This innovative and dynamic group writes and arranges all of their own music, often looking to classic instrumental jazz for inspiration. In the 2015-2016 school year, they performed a set of music by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, a Brazilian jazz set, and a set of jazz arrangements of David Bowie songs.

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