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Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble

We always have a blast. There’s something cathartic about playing music with a group of people you love.” Hannah O’Flynn ‘15

The Barbary Coast is the student jazz ensemble of Dartmouth College. Composed almost entirely of non-music majors, the ensemble specializes in creative music. Through unique one-week residencies in the fall and winter terms, students in the Barbary Coast enjoy outstanding opportunities to learn from and perform with some of the finest jazz, funk and Latin artists in the world. Spring term brings the “Senior Feature” concert, celebrating the talents of the graduating students in the Coast, performing selections of their own choosing. 

The wide-ranging repertoire of the ensemble extends from original compositions and arrangements to works by Ellington, Charles Mingus, Thad Jones and contemporary jazz composers; from the Latin jazz of Arturo O'Farrill to the “Afro-Colombian funk” of Gregorio Uribe; from the "Jazz Mafia" of San Francisco-based Adam Theis to the inspired music of Christine Jenson; from the “Mardi Gras Indian” music and modern jazz of Donald Harrison to Joe Bowie’s “Big Band Funk”; from time-honored New Orleans brass band “second line” syncopations to the out-of-this-world compositions of Sun Ra. As a result, many of the ensemble’s distinguished guest artists have proclaimed the Barbary Coast to be "the most eclectic college jazz ensemble in the country."

  • Craig Harris
  • Christine & Ingrid Jensen
  • Adam Theis
  • Gregorio Uribe
  • Arturo O'Farrill & Donald Harrison
  • Joe Bowie
  • Conrad Herwig

Valve trombonist Don Glasgo holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music theory and composition from Ohio University and the University of Illinois. He has taught courses in jazz and literature, jazz history, jazz composition, jazz ensembles, American music, theory and composition and world music at Dartmouth, Hamilton College, Lyndon State College, Goddard College, Vermont College and The Putney School. As a faculty member at Goddard College, he directed the Institute for Creative Music and the groundbreaking "Salsa Meets Jazz": The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Seminar with the Eddie Palmieri Octet. He has written over 100 jazz compositions and arrangements, many of them premiered by the Barbary Coast, and is a highly respected professional arranger for Joe Bowie’s Defunkt Big Band, the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir and Dartmouth Idol. An accomplished valve trombonist, Glasgo has performed with Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe, Joseph Bowie's Defunkt Big Band, the Oliver Lake Big Band, the Sun Ra Arkestra, The Temptations and Phish. He leads his own professional band, Sol Food, is the founder and director of the popular educational program, JAZZology, the author of Jazzlines and was a featured columnist for Jazz Improv magazine.  Glasgo was Associate Director of the Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute (New Brunswick, NJ) from 2009-2012 and was one of three jazz teachers at Trombonanza 2009 in Santa Fe, Argentina, a low brass celebration bringing together 150 trombonists from across South America.  This is his 39th year as Director of the Barbary Coast.

Photo of Don Glasgo by Glenn Harder '72

To make a gift to the Barbary Coast in honor of Don’s retirement after 40 years as director, please click here.
CONCERTS FOR 2016/2017
Fall concert: Sat • Oct 22 • 8 pm
Winter concert: Fri • Feb 10 • 8 pm
Spring concert: Sat • May 13 • 8 pm

Auditions required. Please contact the Ensembles Office at 603.646.2530 or hopkins.center.ensembles@dartmouth.edu

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7-10 pm
Hartman Rehearsal Hall


For more info regarding this ensemble,
call 603.646.2530 or email: hopkins.center.ensembles@dartmouth.edu