Tucson Jazz Institute

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.

  • Students have the opportunity to play and develop meaningful friendships at TJI with focused and dedicated musicians from all over Tucson and Southern Arizona.
  • Students perform in ensembles of all levels and have the opportunity to advance from beginner classes to the #1 high school jazz band in the nation.
  • Travel opportunities to attend festivals for clinics, adjudication, competition and performance have included Arizona, California, Utah, New York City and Europe.
  • Over a period of time, the TJI experience helps students develop skills in teamwork and leadership. Ultimately, students have more self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Several public performance opportunites exist on a weekly basis for students to jam and perform with TJI instructors and local professionals. As a result, TJI students and their families have helped develop and build a community of supportive "jazz" fans who support "live music."

          Photo: TJI Ellington Big Band in Essentially Ellington's 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 the 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.


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Our Newest CD

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In addition to our studio CDs, TJI recorded a live CD/DVD at the Berger Performing Arts Center, Tucson, on July 27, 2014. To purchase or order CDs or DVD, call (520) 514-0935.

Tucson Jazz Institute, Utterback Magnet Middle School
3233 S Pinal Vista,Tucson AZ 85713
Mail: TJI, PO Box 87920, Tucson AZ 85754
Phone: (520) 514-0935