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Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective & JIM

The Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective

The Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective, an advanced small ensemble of improvisers, explores a range of repertoire including music by innovative jazz composers of the 1960s – today, as well as original student compositions and arrangements through conventional and experimental practices.

The Jazz and Improvised Music Initiative (JIM)

Under the direction of Myra Melford, JIM was created by and for UC Berkeley music students. Its primary purpose is to support studies in jazz and contemporary improvisational music. JIM strives to increase the number of concerts, master classes and coaching sessions with world-class musicians, to provide new instruments and audio equipment, along with establishing an endowment. JIM allows students to study, perform and collaborate on a variety of approaches to improvisational music by creating a thriving community of musicians. Since its founding in 2009, JIM has created the Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective, which recorded a CD of original student compositions at Fantasy Studios, produced an innovative collaboration between improvisers in food and in music, presented master classes with drummer Allison Miller, guitarist Nels Cline, and the progressive jazz group Kneebody, among others, and held concerts with renowned musicians Denny Zeitlin, Taylor Eigsti, Matt Wilson, Mark Dresser, Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Ben Wendel, Dan Tepfer and Michael Formanek.

Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective performing at Cal Day


The Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective is open to non-enrolled students and community members, as well as enrolled students, but everyone must audition or be admitted by consent of the instructor. Regular attendance at weekly rehearsals and participation in public performances is required.

Audition Information

Audition information for all performance opportunities in the Music Department.

Sound Clips

Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective – directed by Myra Melford

Performed by
Elizabeth Duran – flute
Forrest Riege – alto saxophone
Brendan Liu – trumpet and flugelhorn
Nathan Bickart – piano
Oscar Westesson – bass
Jacob Richards – drums

Upcoming Performances

Recent Performances