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 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival, The Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, and the Fullerton Jazz Festival.
The opportunity to play and develop meaningful friendships with focused and dedicated musicians from all over Tucson and Southern Arizona
Performing in ensembles of all levels give students the opportunity to advance, from very beginning classes to the #1 high school jazz band in the nation
Traveling opportunities to festivals in various locations such as Arizona, California, Utah, New York City and Europe
Helping develop skills in teamwork, leadership and building self confidence
Opportunites to perform weekly with TJI instructors and local professionals
above right -TJI Ellington Big Band in winning performance - Jazz at Lincoln Center, May 2014
The Tucson Jazz Institute is home to the award-winning TJI big bands and combos, TJI Music Technology classes (recording arts), and recording label TJI Jazz. We are dedicated to music education taught by seasoned professionals in a positive and stimulating environment. We offer music classes in jazz combo,jazz big band, and music technology, as well as private lessons for students of all ages.