The RCC Jazz Ensemble is one of three jazz ensembles at Riverside City College. This ensemble is comprised of full-time students and meets three times a week. The ensemble also keeps a busy schedule of performances each semester and in past years has traveled to the UNC Greeley, Reno, and the University of Texas Jazz Festivals, and has also performed in Japan and Hawaii. The ensemble is pleased to be able to return to Hawaii this spring. Guest artists on campus in recent years have included: Wayner Bergeron, Carl Saunders, Don Shelton, James Moody, Bob McChesney, Mike Stern, Poncho Sanchez, Gary Foster, Alex Iles, Larry Koonse, Jeff Hellmer, Brandon Fields, The Airmen of Note, Rob Lockhart, Lori Andrews Quartet, Bill Reichenbach, Don Clarke, Lanny Morgan, Steve Hawk, Kye Palmer, Kim Richmond, Bart Samolis, Steve Tavaglione and Rick Margitza.
The ensemble also commissions a new piece for Jazz Ensemble each spring. Recent commissions have come from noted jazz writers Bob Curnow, Dr. Jack Cooper, H. David Caffey, Matt Harris, Tom Hynes, Dr. James Miley, Dr. Chuck Tumlinson, Glenn Morrissette, Steven Schmidt and Sandy Megas. This year the ensemble has commissioned a new piece from Matt Harris!