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Howard University Jazz Ensemble

Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE) was founded in 1975 by its director, Fred Irby, III. Outstanding performances in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean have caused it to be recognized as one of the foremost college jazz ensembles. HUJE has been heard on radio and television as well as in concert, often appearing with celebrated performers. Members of the HUJE have won awards as performers and composers/arrangers, and the ensemble includes among its alumni several practicing jazz artists. Additionally, the HUJE was featured during the 1992, 1996 and 2005 Kennedy Center Honors Gala (CBS-TV)

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Howard University Jazz Ensemble: Hi-Fly

Read "Hi-Fly" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In 2020, the superb Howard University Jazz Ensemble from the US capital marked its forty-fifth anniversary. Since its inception in 1975, the ensemble has had only one director, Fred Irby III, its founder and guiding force for lo these many years. One year after organizing the group, Irby assembled its members for a visit to a ...

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Howard University Jazz Ensemble: HUJE 2018

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One sure sign of spring is the arrival of the latest yearly recording by the superb Howard University Jazz Ensemble, a tradition that dates without pause from the days of vinyl in 1976, one year after the ensemble was formed by its first and only music director, Fred Irby III. For archivists and numbers-crunchers, that's forty-four ...

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Howard University Jazz Ensemble: Beatrice

Read "Beatrice" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One sure sign of spring is the arrival of the latest studio recording by the always exemplary Howard University Jazz Ensemble, a tradition that dates to 1976, one year after Fred Irby III (who remains its first and only music director) founded the Washington, DC-based ensemble. Unlike most of these enterprises, which are labeled HUJE followed ...

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HUJE 2015

Label: HUJE
Released: 2016
Track listing: Theme for Malcolm; Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk; Valse Hot; Soul Eyes; Blues for AL; Love Dance; Stablemates; Lonely Woman; Freedom Sound; Starmaker.

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Howard University Jazz Ensemble: HUJE 2015

Read "HUJE 2015" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In 1975, Howard University, a bulwark of higher education in our nation's capital since 1867, formed its first Jazz Ensemble and named a young trumpeter / educator, Fred Irby III, as director. One year later, Irby ushered the ensemble into a recording studio to verify its prowess, a tradition that has continued uninterrupted for forty years. ...

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Howard University Jazz Ensemble: HUJE 2014

Read "HUJE 2014" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Another year, another splendid album by the exemplary Howard University Jazz Ensemble from Washington, DC. Not that that should surprise anyone; Fred Irby III, who is completing his fortieth year as the band's first and only director, has ushered his students into a recording studio for the last thirty-nine of them, dating back to the days ...

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Journey of a Friend

Label: HUJE
Released: 2013
Track listing: Butterfly; Sister Cheryl; Buhaina, Buhaina; Journey of a Friend; Moment’s Notice; Carnival di Panama; Sweet Love; Peace; UnconTainable; Good Bait; It’s Easy to Remember; Festive Minor.

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Howard University Jazz Ensemble: Journey of a Friend

Read "Journey of a Friend" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although the Howard University Jazz Ensemble isn't quite as dependable as a morning sunrise, it has been present and accounted for in a recording studio once each year since it was formed in 1976 by Fred Irby III, who not only directed that first session but has supervised every one since, right up to No. 37, ...

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Howard University Jazz Ensemble: Here's to Life!

Read "Here's to Life!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Every year, almost like clockwork, director Fred Irby III sends me a copy of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble's latest recording, and I am always pleased and happy to be reminded that an undergraduate big band of this caliber resides and plays in my hometown (as a boy growing up in Washington, DC, I lived within ...


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