Jazz Transit is one of two vocal jazz ensembles here at Kirkwood. The eight-voice, A cappella ensemble performs an extremely wide variety of styles including jazz standards, rhythm and blues, Latin and contemporary A cappella, inspired by such artists as The Real Group, The Manhattan Transfer, The New York Voices, Lambert Hendricks and Ross, The Swingle Singers, Vox One, Take Six, Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder.
In 1999, Jazz Transit was the first group in Kirkwood's history to be selected to perform for the International Conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators. In January of 2001, Jazz Transit was again selected to perform for the 28th Annual Conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators. In July of 2001, Jazz Transit performed in Brussels and Paris, completing its European tour with a performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival. In February of 2002, the group was invited to again perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival, one of the largest and most prestigious jazz festivals in the world. During the summer of 2003, Jazz Transit performed at Jazzfest Wien, in Vienna, Austria, Jazz a Vienne, in Vienne, France and was invited to the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. In June of 2006, Jazz Transit performed at the Mezin_rodn_ Festival Akademick_ch Sboru (IFAS) (International Festival of Academic Choirs) in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Jazz Transit was the first jazz choir invited to this gathering of international choirs in the 38 year history of the event, and was awarded a Gold Medal for its performance.
Jazz Transit has performed widely in the Midwest including guest appearances for the North Central American Choral Directors Conference, the Minnesota Choral Directors Association, the Iowa Choral Directors Association and the Illinois State University Vocal Jazz Festival. Additional performances include jazz festivals at Morningside College, Southwestern Community College, the University of Northern Colorado, Western Michigan University and the Mexico City Jazz Festival.