The jazz studies program is professionally oriented and designed for brass, woodwind, and rhythm instrumentalists. The resident Faculty Jazz Ensemble features professionals who remain active in jazz and commercial fields. Guest artists of international reputation conduct masterclasses and perform with student ensembles during the annual Loyola University Jazz Ensemble Festival. Students have been able to witness performances by jazz musicians such as Brian Blade, Stefon Harris, and Mark Whitfield. The Loyola Jazz Club has presented masterclasses with jazz greats such as Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, and Michel Camilo. Unique courses for our program include: Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Combo, Jazz Composition and Arranging, and Evolution of Jazz Styles.