About Us

UNION JAZZ performs improvisational jazz at venues throughout the community including Southern Range Brewing, Monroe Art Walk, Sweet Union Brewery of Indian Trail and Mario’s Italian Restaurant/John’s Place, Matthews. Union Jazz is a program of Union Symphony. Go to the season page for a complete schedule of upcoming performances

UNION SYMPHONY is a nonprofit arts organization which provides administrative services and recruits financial support for the development of programs for classical music education and artistic excellence in symphonic orchestra and choral masterpiece performances to inspire and enrich the lives of an all inclusive diverse population. Union Symphony Society, Inc. seeks to maintain sound financial stability with clear accountability, to maintain the highest standards in performance and programming, and to operate in a culture of community service, respect and collaboration.

The mission of Union Symphony is to entertain, educate, serve and inspire through music


Dennis Contreras, Music Director of Union Jazz Ensemble

Dennis Contreras is a multi-instrumental performer, teacher, and writer/arranger from Portland, Oregon. He received his Bachelor’s in Music from Brigham Young University and Master’s in Music from Northwestern University. Equally adept in classical, jazz, and popular/rock styles, Dennis maintains an active and diverse performance repertoire, with past engagements including the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra at Temple Square, American Musical Theatre Project, Chris Merritt, and jazz professionals in Portland, Chicago, and Charlotte.

Since 2008, Dennis has been living and working in Charlotte, NC, where he performs and records with the Charlotte Symphony, Union Symphony, Elonzo, Adam Whiting, Jordan Klemons, and his lovely wife bassoonist and flautist Kirstin Contreras.

Meet the Musicians

Chris Jones has been a fixture on the Charlotte jazz scene for almost 20 years. Chris’s guitar style blends the classic sound of guitar icons like Wes Montgomery with the adventurous spirit of modern fusion artists like John Scofield and Bill Frisell. His fluid sense of melody and rhythmic nuance have established Chris as one of the most sought after guitarists in the area.