AJW Season 28, Takin' Off! With Herbie Hancock, wrapped up in May 2022 with new Music Director Shawn Ellison at the helm!
The AJW’s mission is to perform for and with public school students in order to encourage their participation in band, orchestra, and choir programs; to uphold and promote the American jazz tradition; and to enhance quality of life for all ages through live performances employing area musicians and collaborations with school ensembles and nonprofit organizations in central Texas.
One of the most exciting moments of the Austin Jazz Workshop project occurs when the musician enters the music classroom. In this more intimate setting, children have an opportunity to ask questions and witness firsthand the joy and dedication a professional brings to jazz performance. Children are encouraged to become active participants in the process of music-making themselves through school band, orchestra, and choir programs available in middle school.
Primary scheduling for the 2022-23 season, Wild About Harry! The Music of Harry Warren, has concluded. A limited number of late arrivals may be accommodated by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the current schedule on the 'Events' tab.
Schools Served Annually
Students Served Since 1994
Harris Elementary, Early College Prep
Thank you for teaching my students that Jazz is an artform that is very much alive...My students directly benefit from programs like yours because I know it leads them to musical activities later on in their school career...When their culture is represented so beautifully, it matters!
Director of Fine Arts, Round Rock Independent School District
We are grateful to this group for helping us to provide this wonderful opportunity to our economically disadvantaged students...The number of campuses struggling to pay for enrichment opportunities will continue to grow and we appreciate the Austin Jazz Workshop's commitment to bring quality enrichment programs to all of our campuses.
Baranoff Elementary School
Every year, my students are always blown away by the talent and relatability that the Austin Jazz Workshop provides...The Austin Jazz Workshop is vital in the development of my students' musical knowledge and their interest in music outside of the classroom for their future musical careers.