RU JAZZ is under the direction of Dr. Christopher White and includes music majors and non-majors who are selected through audition. RU JAZZ explores the many genres of jazz music: traditional, swing, bop, cool jazz, post-bop, funk, Latin, fusion, and free jazz. Ensemble members are given the opportunity to work with the finest musicians on campus and special guest artists and clinicians. Past clinicians have included Kristin Korb, Chase Sanborn, Mike Tomaro, John Blake Jr. and Ndugu Chancler.
RU JAZZ maintains an active performance schedule with concerts and functions in the Performance Hall of the Covington Center, elsewhere in the New River Valley, and in venues throughout Virginia and the Atlantic Coast region. RU JAZZ also hosts two major events each year: the Annual Jazz Styles and Improvisation Workshop as part of the Tri-State Chamber Winds Festival held each December and the NRV Jazz Festival held each April.