Jazz Education Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization which sponsors three main programs (The Jazz & Poetry Series, Summer Jazz Workshop, The Houston International Jazz Festival) and several special projects. Support our upcoming events and save the dates on your calendars.
Jazz & Poetry Series (February)
For more than 30 years, drummer Bubbha Thomas and the Jazz & Poetry Series; held during Black History Month, have been a big hit with over one million elementary school children across Texas. Set in story form, the presentation spans the styles of popular music from the 1930’s to the millennium; with an emphasis on prominent figures in the history of Jazz music. Communicating in a warm and friendly way, the Jazz & Poetry ensemble captures the children’s imagination. Interactive techniques are coupled with audience participation to produce and inspire within each child an “I CAN” mentality.
Summer Jazz Workshop (June & July)
The Summer Jazz Workshop is an intensive 5-week youth oriented program which focuses on the fundamentals of music and its associated business aspects. SJW’s instructional program is open to middle school, high school and college students. Students are involved in a combination of master-classes, lectures, small & large ensembles, field trips and more. Tutored by seasoned faculty musicians, students are exposed to various subjects and concepts not fully covered by private and/or public school systems; including theory & composition, improvisation, leadership, public speaking, public performances and career management. To cap off the workshop, participating students have the opportunity to perform at the Houston International Jazz Festival. This program has trained over 8,000 teenage musicians in its 30 year history and many have gone on to become successful Jazz recording artist, politicians, teachers, lawyers and well-rounded, productive members of the community.
Houston International Jazz Festival (August)
During the Festival you will witness some of the most inspirational Jazz Entertainment from around the World, bringing a diverse mix of styles to Houston, Texas kicking off national jazz month in August.