The Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE) was founded in 1975 by its director, Fred Irby, III. Outstanding performances in the United States, Romania, Venezuela, Colombia, Guatemala, China, Japan, Senegal, West Africa, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique, St. Thomas and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands have caused it to be recognized as one of the foremost university jazz ensembles in the world.  HUJE has been heard on radio and television as well as in concert, often appearing with celebrated artists. Members of the HUJE have won awards as performers, composers/arrangers and the ensemble includes among its alumni many celebrated jazz artists. Additionally, the HUJE was featured during the 1992 (Lionel Hampton), 1996 (Benny Carter) and 2005 (Tony Bennett) Kennedy Center Honors Gala (CBS-TV). Since 1996, the HUJE has presented bi-annual concerts on campus to award the Benny Golson Jazz Master Award to feature and honor distinguished artists, scholars, educators and institutions that have had a major impact on jazz. The HUJE has released 44 consecutive recordings in a distinguished series that began in 1976. To learn more about HUJE, please visit our web site at