The Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble, the Center for Music's premier jazz group, is led by jazz studies director Mike Titlebaum. In recent years, guest artists have included jazz trumpet artists Terell Stafford, John Sneider, Rick Henly, and John Bailey, Eastman School of Music Professor Bill Dobbins, world-renowned bassist and educator Chuck Israels, former Ithaca College jazz director Steve Brown, and world-renowned jazz pedagogue Fred Sturm. The IC Jazz Ensemble also performed with legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis in a free concert at Ford Hall. Other guest artists featured with the bands over the years have included Marian McPartland, Walter White, Thad Jones, Peter Leitch, Phil Woods, John Stowell, Andy LaVerne, Bob Sneider, Gary Smulyan, Steve Wilson, Jeff Ballard, Stephanie Nakasian, Tom Harrell, Hal Galper, Marvin Stamm, and many others.

The ensemble performs two formal concerts at Ithaca each semester in addition to many other additional events on campus and in the community. Annual special performances include:


On March 5, 2012, the Jazz Ensemble performed a complete "head chart" concert where all the pieces were learned by ear and memorized. The complete performance was web streamed live, and can also be viewed in its entirely at the Center for Music's On Demand page:

On December 7, 2012, the Jazz Ensemble performed the annual composition contest winner's concert with guest artist Terell Stafford. The video from the live web stream can be viewed in its entirety at the Center for Music's On Demand page: