John Coltrane’s Giant Steps , the Austin Jazz Workshop’s 27th season, kicked off in mid-September 2020 and runs through May 2021.  For the 2020-21 academic year, all school workshops and performances will take place via online streaming.  Musicians for Coltrane include Mike Sailors, Lee “Sparky” Thomason, Shawn Ellison, Michael Stevens, Glenn Rexach, Kenny Felton, Masumi Jones, and Michael Melinger.  

AJW Monday FunDay is a series of live-streamed performances running every Monday noon from January through mid-April 2021, featuring Michael Melinger, Sparky Thomason, Shawn Ellison, Michael Stevens, and Masumi Jones.  You never know what we may be getting up to, so tune in to our YouTube channel to find out!  The Monday FunDay Series is supported by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

You can stay abreast of all things AJW by visiting us on Facebook!

Did You Know…

The Austin Jazz Workshop can save you money on your taxes?

Charitable donations of stocks and mutual funds can be made directly to the Austin Jazz Workshop, thereby avoiding capital gains tax.  Help out a good cause and lower your tax burden at the same time!  For more information, contact Michael Melinger at 512-829-7255 or

Epistrophy: Austin Jazz Workshop plays Thelonious Monk is our latest CD recording, released in April 2017!  Recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin TX, the disc features Michael Melinger, Andre Hayward, Floyd Domino, Michael Stevens, and Norm Bergeron.  Pick up your copy here .  Also available at Waterloo Records, End of an Ear, and live appearances by the AJW.


Did you know that you can donate to the AJW simply by shopping Amazon?  It’s true!  When ordering, point your browser to and specify the Austin Jazz Workshop as your chosen recipient charity.  We will get a portion of every dollar you spend, donated by Amazon!

AJW in the Community

Part of our mission is to collaborate with student ensembles and other nonprofit groups on public events, as well as events for the general community.

The Austin Jazz Workshop offers reduced rates to nonprofit agencies in the Austin area for your benefits, fundraisers, and special events.  It’s cheaper than you think to have top professionals provide live music for your organization!  Contact us for a quote at (512) 829-7255.

Count Basie’s Big Band Sound at Central Market      

AJW Count Basie Edition

AJW Count Basie Edition, Texas Community Music Festival 4.18.2015  Front row, from left: David Webb (not visible), Andre Hayward, Ken George, Marcus Wilcher, Seth Carper, Michael Melinger.  Back row, from left: Michael Stevens, Kevin Scott, Adrian Ruiz, Keith Fiala.


The Austin Jazz Workshop wrapped up its historic 21st season on May 29th, 2015.  The program featured musicians Shawn Ellison, Floyd Domino, Michael Stevens, Glenn Rexach, Kevin Scott, Rob Kazenel, Jimmy Shortell, Adrian Ruiz, Keith Fiala, Michael Rey, Andre Hayward, Randy Zimmerman, Ken George, Mark ‘Speedy’ Gonzales, Seth Carper, Dan Torosian, Scott Benner, Marcus Wilcher, David Webb, and Michael Melinger.  One hundred nineteen campuses across five school districts received the program that featured a ten-piece big band playing Count Basie classics.  Additionally, the AJW performed seventeen public events, such as the one at Central Market pictured above.


AJW in Action!

Imperial Twilight