WELCOME TO TUCSON JAZZ INSTITUTE
Excellence In Jazz Education
At the Tucson Jazz Institute, our mission is to create educational and performance opportunities for young musicians to reach their highest potential. Jazz ensembles at TJI are taught by seasoned educators with the highest standard of musical excellence and a proven track record of success in developing young talent. The TJI Elllington Big Band and the TJI Concord Combo have established themselves as two of the leading high school jazz groups in the country, earning recognition from Downbeat Magazine and winning the #1 positions in national competitions such as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in NYC, The Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey CA, and the Fullerton Jazz Festival in Fullerton CA.
Established in 2008, the Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI) was created to provide opportunities to middle and high school students across Southern Arizona to develop skills in instrumental jazz performance. Although housed in Utterback Middle School (a TUSD school), TJI is inclusive of all Tucson area districts and attracts students from as far away as Nogales and Sierra Vista. TJI's numerous large and small ensemble classes work to develop young musicians in various styles and approaches to America's unique and living art form, jazz.
“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life”