For music lovers and Jazz enthusiasts, for over 29 seasons, the Houston International Jazz Festival has placed the City of Houston in the spotlight as the site of the nation’s only Jazz festival highlighting talented musicians from the United States and around the world!

Every August Jazz Month, legendary Jazz artists and musicians gather for a three day weekend, to Jazz-up the City of Houston! Festival proceeds benefit Jazz Education Inc.’s core educational programs.

“Houston is a culturally rich city with an international character that lends itself to the success of the Houston International Jazz Festival. I salute Jazz Education Inc. and Bubbha Thomas for their vision and leadership for the Festival. We support educational programs for youth in our city. The study of music fosters creative, critical thinking skills, and academic achievement.” Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier


History of the HIJF 

In the winter of 1988, Bubbha Thomas, founder of Jazz Education Inc. approached the late Congressman Mickey Leland to seek support for a music festival.  In 1991, the first Houston International Jazz Festival was held outdoors on the “Super Block” in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The mission of the Festival is to provide a unique cultural experience that exposes Houstonians and visitors to Jazz music in an effort to preserve the art.

Since its inception, in association with “August Jazz Month Houston”, the Houston International Jazz Festival has placed Houston in the spotlight as the location of the nation’s leading Jazz Festival focusing on international musicians and the enrichment of student musicians.

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