The Adolphus Jazz Ensemble (AJazz) provides an opportunity for students to perform and study big band jazz and jazz improvisation. While less time-consuming than the GJazz Ensemble, the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble participates in the fall and spring jazz showcases, as well as Family Weekend concerts in the fall. There are also opportunities for off-campus performances as well. Emphasis is placed on learning jazz phrasing and styles, as well as developing improvisational skills and an understanding of the jazz musical language. This ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Masayoshi Ishikawa.