Austin Jazz Workshop’s Mission:
To encourage youth participation in school music programs through campus and public jazz performances, to bring the American Jazz heritage into underserved communities, and to promote a vibrant cultural arts environment by employing local musicians of diverse ages, origins, and ethnicities.
AJW celebrates thirty years of performing with a program of Soul Jazz, featuring compositions by Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine, Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, and many other soul jazz greats, as performed by Shawn Ellison, Michael Stevens, Glenn Rexach, Masumi Jones, Terrance McDaniel, Lee ‘Sparky’ Thomason, Eundo Park, Gil Del Bosque, and Paulo Santos. Find out more about our Board and musicians here!
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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.