Hoagy Carmichael’s Heart & Soul , the Austin Jazz Workshop’s 26th season, began in mid-September and was originally scheduled to conclude at the end of May 2020.  The program was forced to cancel on March 13th, after having served 92 campuses.  Forty additional campuses originally scheduled post-Spring Break will not be served this year due to school closures in the wake of COVID-19.

EMJATA (Emerging Jazz Talent) is a series of live performance opportunities featuring talented young people sitting in with members of the Austin Jazz Workshop in a jam session setting.  You can generally catch EMJATA twice per month: at Opal Divine’s on 3rd Sundays, and at Central Market Cafe Westgate on the final Sunday of each month. Visit the Schedule tab or scroll down to view calendar dates, and plan to join us for great cookin’ in the kitchen and on the bandstand!  And remember that EMJATA continues through the summer months as well.
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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 ausjazz@gmail.com.

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 https://smile.amazon.com 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.

Here are some recent and upcoming events for 2019-20:

Opal Divine’s 9/15/2019  noon to 2:00 p.m.

Central Market 9/29/19  noon to 3:00 p.m.

Opal Divine’s 10/20/2019  noon to 2:00 p.m.

Central Market 10/2719  noon to 3:00 p.m.

Opal Divine’s 11/17/2019  noon to 2:00 p.m.

Central Market 11/24/19  noon to 3:00 p.m.

Opal Divine’s 12/15/2019  noon to 2:00 p.m.

ABIA Winter Festival 12/18/2019 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Central Market 12/29/19  noon to 3:00 p.m.

Opal Divine’s 1/19/2020  noon to 2:00 p.m.

Central Market 1/26/2020  noon to 3:00 p.m.

Opal Divine’s 2/16/2020  noon to 2:00 p.m.

Central Market 2/23/2020  noon to 3:00 p.m.

Opal Divine’s 3/15/2020  noon to 2:00 p.m.

FOR EVENTS BELOW THIS LINE, call ahead!  We don’t know when the current situation with Coronavirus will resolve.

Opal Divine’s 5/31/2020  noon to 2:00 p.m.  (tentative)

Opal Divine’s 6/21/2020  noon to 2:00 p.m.

Central Market 6/28/2020  noon to 3:00 p.m.

Opal Divine’s 7/19/2020  noon to 2:00 p.m.

Central Market 7/26/2020  noon to 3:00 p.m.

Opal Divine’s 8/16/2020  noon to 2:00 p.m.

TX Community Music Fest/Central Mkt N 8/29/2020 1:30 p.m to 2:30 p.m.

Central Market 8/30/2020  noon to 3:00 p.m.

Opal Divine’s 9/20/2020  noon to 2:00 p.m.

Central Market 9/27/2020  noon to 3:00 p.m.


AJW Trio (from left: Glenn Rexach on guitar, Michael Melinger on soprano sax, Michael Stevens on bass) performs for a young listener at Austin Bergstrom Airport’s Winter Festival, 12.21.2011.


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