Elon’s Jazz Combos place heavy emphasis on the individual roles and responsibilities of small group play. With ample room for extended improvisation, the combos focus on improvised solo construction, architectural design of standards and jazz classics, the bebop language, group interactions, jazz ear-training, listening to jazz recordings, and learning tunes by form and function. The combos perform in a variety of settings on- and off-campus. The combos are directed by veteran jazz musician Jon Metzger.