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Thirty Years in the Schools!

AJW celebrates thirty years of performing with a program of Soul Jazz, featuring songs by Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine, Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, and many other soul jazz greats! Debuting in September 2023. Watch this space for more!

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EMJATA: The Return!

Emerging Jazz Talent is a bi-monthly performance opportunity for young jazz performers of middle and high school age to sit in with the Austin Jazz Workshop in a safe and supportive public setting. The program has been on hiatus due to COVID since March of 2020, but our goal is to reestablish it in October 2023, hosted and led by saxophonist Gil Del Bosque.
Details in September!

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

Herbie Hancock Season: Return from COVID

The AJW returned to live performance in 2021-22, performing on 101 campuses between September 2021 and May 2022. Many thanks to Shawn Ellison, joined by Glenn Rexach, Michael Stevens, Masumi Jones, Terrance McDaniel, Lee ‘Sparky’ Thomason, Brian Swartz, Gil Del Bosque, and Paulo Santos. School staff and students alike, not to mention the musicians, were thrilled to be involved in live music again after eighteen months of isolation. Celebrate!

Our Livestreaming Season

The Austin Jazz Workshop’s 27th season, dedicated to the great John Coltrane, performed live-streamed assemblies and interactive workshops for students on 110 campuses. Musicians for Coltrane included Mike Sailors, Lee “Sparky” Thomason, Shawn Ellison, Michael Stevens, Glenn Rexach, Kenny Felton, Masumi Jones, and Michael Melinger.  


Austin Jazz Workshop plays Thelonious Monk

Epistrophy is our most recent 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.

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

Count Basie’s Big Band Sound at Central Market 

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 this one at Central Market.