The Mu’tet is led by composer, educator and three-time Grammy winner Jeff Coffin, saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band. The Mu’tet takes its name from the word “mutation,” clearly reflecting Coffin’s idea that music must continue to change and mutate in order to grow. Drawing from the deep wells of African, New Orleans, Indian, funk, jazz, folk, Gypsy, rock, fusion, Brazilian and other styles of music, Coffin sends shock waves down listeners’ spines with his fierce solos and inspiring, memorable compositions.
With a lineage that goes back to a university-sponsored group of student musicians who performed dance music in the late 1890s, The Mississippians is one of the oldest college jazz ensembles in the nation. The 18-piece big band is under the direction of Michael Worthy, associate professor of music.