Penn Jazz

Jazz in Philadelphia


Our History


Penn Jazz was formed in 1973. 

There have been many jazz groups 

at the University of Pennsylvania, but the first official jazz big band 

was part of the Penn Band. Soon after the dissolution of that band, 

Penn Jazz was formed.

Our Mission


Penn Jazz is the premiere big band of the University of Pennsylvania. We are entirely student-run & led with the assistance of musical director Dan Paul. We play performances for the community of Philadelphia, for entertainment as well as education.

Our Future


We hope to continue to perform with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, the Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, & Christian McBride.​ We aim to emulate both contemporary & historical jazz musicians & serve our community.


We'll provide the perfect entertainment for your event!

Interested in booking? Reach us directly at or through our contact section below!

Our musicians perform for a wide variety of events, from weddings and concerts to conferences and parties. Whether you need relaxing background music to set the ambiance for your gathering, or an exciting performance to put on a show for your guests, Penn Jazz can provide exactly what you're looking for.

Our clients are always 100% satisfied with what Penn Jazz adds to their events. Check out the testimonials below to see what people say about Penn Jazz. 

Penn Jazz offers the best rates around for professional, experienced musicians. Consisting of college students who are passionate about jazz, our members' musical talent meets high standards, capable of entertaining and impressing. 

Sax solo at Chris's Jazz Club

Sax solo at Chris's Jazz Club

Quartet Recording

Stream our latest recording featuring standards & original compositions.

Some of our members had the honor to perform for Herbie Hancock in December and appeared on CBS Philly.


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(561) 271-8449


"Everyone was so impressed! I can't believe you guys are just in college! Penn Jazz is incredible."

Shawna W, Philadelphia

"You knew exactly what we needed, played two killer sets, and made our guests very happy."

Howard C, Penn Valley

​"Thanks for the great jazz at a great price. We will definitely book you guys again."

Patrick L, Philadelphia

"Last time we hosted this event, we paid twice as much for a group that was half as good."

Danielle T, Philadelphia

"We never booked a jazz combo before, so we weren't sure what to expect - but WOW!"

Linda E, Bryn Mawr

"Penn Jazz played the perfect music for our wedding! We definitely recommend their music."

Steve S, Radnor