The Austin Jazz Workshop welcomes Shawn Ellison as the new Music Director of the nonprofit corporation. Shawn has taken the helm for the current AJW Season #28, Takin’ Off! With Herbie Hancock. A long-time member of the ensemble, we are ‘jazzed’ to see him step into his new role as AJW Music Director. Welcome, Shawn!
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.
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Epistrophy 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.
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.
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.
Emerging Jazz Talent (EMJATA)
EMJATA is a weekly or bi-monthly performance opportunity for young jazzers 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 the pandemic since March of 2020, but we hope to get it up and running again sometime in 2022. Watch this space for future developments!